Weber State women's basketball started its season with a 75-57 win over in-state rival Utah Valley on Friday afternoon.
"We had a slow start in the first quarter," said head coach Bethann Ord. "Our defense ignited in the second quarter, which led to a stronger offense. Overall, we need to take care of the ball, but I liked what our leaders brought to the game when we were down. I'm excited to see us continue to grow as we progress through the season and what will happen when we put four complete quarters together."
The Wildcats started off the game slow trailing Utah Valley, 20-12, at the end of the first quarter. WSU found the momentum in the second quarter and scored 27 points, shooting 61 percent from the field.
Weber State's defense carried a lot of clout in the second quarter as it forced Utah Valley into a 7:20 scoring drought, holding the Wolverines to only two made free throws. WSU had a 39-32 lead going into halftime.
Weber State's footing slipped only momentarily in the third quarter as UVU went on a 7-0 run to bring the score within two points. Weber State picked it up and maintained a 49-43 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats went on an impressive 16-2 run during six minutes in the fourth quarter that bolstered their lead to 21 points. Weber State finished out strong in the final two minutes of the game with the help of two made 3-pointers by Kailie Quinn. WSU ended the game with a final score of 75-57.
Quinn led the Wildcats with 20 points on the night, including six made from beyond the arc. She also had the game high with four steals.
Newcomers Briana Gray and Larryn Brooks also had double-digit scores for WSU. Gray had a double-double on the night with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Brooks added 13 points for WSU, including three made from beyond the arc.
Emily Drake also had an impressive rebounding effort with her 10 on the night. Jaiamoni Welch-Coleman helped out WSU's offensive efforts with a game-high six assists.
Weber State shot 42 percent from the field, 36 percent from the three and 83 percent from the free-throw line. The Wildcats scored 17 points off turnovers and 10 points off second chances. WSU had 45 total boards on the night and seven steals.
Utah Valley shot 35 percent from the field, 33 percent from the three and 68 percent from the free-throw line. The Wolverines scored 30 points in the paint, 14 points off turnovers and only four from second chances. UVU had 30 total rebounds on the night and nine steals. Weber State is now 1-0 on the season and will next take on the University of Utah on Friday, Nov. 10, at 7:00 p.m., at the Dee Events Center in Ogden.