Weber State basketball: Wildcats return home to face St. Katherine

By Ryan Love

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Dec. 16 2013 5:45 p.m. MST

OGDEN — The Weber State Wildcats return home to take on St. Katherine (Calif.) College Tuesday night at the Dee Events Center.

The ‘Cats are just one of four teams in the country that have played less than six games, and are coming off a disappointing 62-59 road loss at Utah Valley last Wednesday.

Meanwhile, St. Katherine is a first-year basketball program that just snapped a six-game skid by knocking off Pacifica College 85-80 on Saturday night.

Weber State continues to rely on the star-studded play of senior forward Davion Berry, as he leads his team and ranks third in the Big Sky in scoring at 19.2 points per game. Berry also leads the Wildcats (1-4) in assists, steals, 3-pointers and free-throw percentage.

The ‘Cats have protected the ball this season, as they lead the Big Sky in turnover average (10.2) and blocks (4.4) per game. Weber State freshman Kyndahl Hill and senior Kyle Tresnak are both tied for fourth in the conference with 1.4 blocks per game, while Joel Bolomboy (1.1) ranks seventh.

WSU has, however, been outrebounded in each of its first five games this season and will need to pick up its urgency and control the boards to beat the Firestorm (2-7).

St. Katherine will be sparked by the combination of Wade Shugrue, Dante Miller and Dale Austin, as they all average more than 12 points per game. Austin also leads the Firestorm in rebounding at 8.7 per game.

The game will also be a bit of a homecoming for St. Katherine associate head coach David Reichner, who played college basketball at the University of Utah from 2000-03 under head coach Rick Majerus.

Weber State and St. Katherine College are set to tip off at 7:05 p.m.

Ryan Love is a full-time student at the University of Utah studying communications, and has been a part-time sports reporter and scoreboarder for the Deseret News since Oct. 2012.

Follow him on Twitter @RLove7724

EMAIL: rlove@deseretnews.com

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