The Weber State women's basketball team lost its first game of the season, falling 62-52 Friday afternoon at Northern Iowa. The two teams were tied at halftime but the Panthers used an early second-half run to take control of the game and never looked back, dropping the 'Cats to 1-1.
With the game tied at 25 early in the second half, Northern Iowa went on a 13-2 run over the next six minutes to take the lead for good. The 'Cats would never get closer than six points the rest of the game.
The Wildcats were led by sophomore guard Tonya Schnibbe, who finished with a career-high 17 points. Schnibbe also had a game-high five assists and pulled down three rebounds. She hit three 3-pointers.
Senior Sara Tuomi scored 10 points in the game, giving her 1,004 points for her career. Tuomi is now the 15th player in Weber State history to score 1,000 career points. The senior also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.The Wildcats will stay in Iowa and take on Drake University Sunday at 1 p.m. (MST) in Des Moines.
PORTLAND STATE 61, UTAH STATE 59: At Portland, Ore., Utah State led 59-56 with 1:40 left to play but Portland State hit a 3-pointer to tie it up and then scored two free with three seconds remaining for the 61-59 win.
With the Aggies up 59-56, PSU's Claire Faucher made a 3-pointer to tie it up. USU senior guard Taylor Richards had her second foul called against her and PSU's Delaney Conway hit both free throws with three ticks left to give the Vikings the lead. The Aggies had a final attempt but Richards' running 3-point attempt from half court was off the mark at the buzzer.
Richards led the Aggies with 12 points and two rebounds. Junior guard Danyelle Snelgro tallied 11 points and two rebounds, while senior guard Jamelah Brown, senior center Jenny Gross and junior forward Lindsey Shipley all tallied seven points for USU, with Gross adding a team-high 11 rebounds.
Freshmen Ndoumbe Diop and Amber White made their first appearances in an Aggie uniform and scored their first career points in the first half.
USU falls to 0-2 on the young season while PSU improves to 2-0.
The Aggies continue action in Oregon as they face Portland on Sunday, at 2 p.m. (MT).