Weber State women’s basketball came from behind and pulled out an 80-70 win over Antelope Valley on Monday night.
“We have a team that we need to bring together and be able to compete for a full four quarters in a basketball game,” said head coach Bethann Ord. “We are still working on a lot of things, and today we only played one full quarter of basketball. We need to figure it out, and we will tomorrow in practice because we will be back ready to compete on Wednesday at noon against Westminster.”
Antelope Valley got a big jump on the Wildcats early in the first quarter as it had an 11-0 lead in the first three minutes. Weber State chipped away at the score and went on an 8-0 run, and then they held the Pioneers scoreless for the final four minutes of the quarter. The Wildcat efforts weren’t quite enough as UAV had a 22-13 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Both teams had an early two-minute scoring drought in the second quarter. Emily Drake broke WSU’s drought with a made three ball.The Wildcats didn’t allow a single Pioneer field goal and pushed the UAV scoring drought to five minutes. WSU ended the half going 1-of-8 from the field and trailed 36-24 at the half.
Weber State came out of halftime going on a 12-4 run and brought the score within four points, the closest deficit of the game up until that point. The Wildcats ended the quarter on a 7-2 run but still trailed 56-50 going into the fourth quarter. WSU did outscore UAV for the first time in the third quarter, 26-20.
With 3:30 left in the game, Jocelyn Adams pulled down a rebound and took it right back up for an easy layup that brought the score to 65-66, and the Wildcats only trailed by one. UAV sunk a pair of free throws to increase its lead again, but Larryn Brooks followed with a made three that tied things up at 68-68 with two minutes left.
On the next Wildcat possession, Jaiamoni Welch-Coleman dished the ball to Briana Gray at the top of the key who sunk the jumper and gave WSU a 70-68 lead. It was the first Weber State lead of the game.
WSU was on a 10-0 run and had held the Pioneers to a three-minute scoring drought going into the final minute of the game. Ultimately, Weber State ended the game on a 15-2 run that gave the Wildcats the 80-70 victory over Antelope Valley. In the fourth quarter alone WSU dropped 30 points.
Weber State was led by Brooks who dropped 24 points. Welch-Coleman had 12 points and the game high of six assists for WSU, and for the first time this season Drake dropped double digits with her 12 on the night. Adams pulled down a game high of eight rebounds in her limited 15 minutes of action.
The Wildcats shot 40 percent from the field, 27 percent from the three and 75 percent from the free-throw line. Antelope Valley shot 40 percent from the field, 40 from beyond the arc and 61 percent from the free-throw line. WSU pulled down 49 rebounds to UAV’s 34.
Weber State is now 2-1 overall on the season and next takes on Westminster at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 22.