OGDEN — Deeshyra Thomas scored a team-high 20 points, leading the Weber State women's basketball team past USC Upstate 79-53 in the Women's Basketball Invitational semifinals on Wednesday at the Dee Events Center.
The Wildcats, who picked up a school-record 23rd win this season with the victory, will play at Louisiana-Lafayette at 2 p.m. MT on Saturday in the WBI championship. Louisiana-Lafayette topped Youngstown State 69-49 in the other semifinal.
"The girls really bought into today's game plan," Weber State head coach Bethann Ord said in a news release. "It's about taking care of each other and that's what we did. We had an amazing crowd and the girls battled."
Kallie Quinn had a double-double for the Wildcats with 12 points — all on 3-pointers — and a career-high 10 rebounds.
Weber State's Emily Drake scored 17 points and hit five 3-pointers, while teammate Brittney Dunbar also scored 17. The 20-point effort for Thomas was her seventh game with 20 or more points.
USC Upstate took a lead momentarily in the first quarter before Weber State took control, using a 7-0 second-quarter run to help take a 41-28 lead into halftime. Quinn hit back-to-back 3s in the third quarter and the Wildcats headed into the fourth quarter leading by 20 and cruised to the win.
Brittany Starling led USC Upstate with 15 points and 14 rebounds, her 21st double-double of the season.
Weber State shot 53 percent from the field and hit 11 3-pointers. USC Upstate shot just 33 percent from the field.