Robert Casey
Weber State sophomore Dominique Williams drives to the hoop in a game earlier this season against the University of Utah. Williams led WSU in rebounding against Pepperdine on Thursday, Dec. 7, with eight boards and scored 10 points off the bench.

OGDEN — Weber State women’s basketball came from behind and pulled out a strong second half to propel the team to a 71-61 victory over Pepperdine on Thursday night.

This was the first time in school history the Wildcats took down Pepperdine and the first time Pepperdine has come to Ogden.

“We decided in the second half to step up defensively and picked up the big stops we needed,” said head coach Bethann Ord. “I thought our energy was good off the bench with Dominique Williams coming in and scoring double figures and pulling down big rebounds for us. We also attacked the basket better in the second that gave us opportunity at the free-throw line, which in the end helped us come through with the win.”

To start the game, both teams remained close within score, and by the end of the first quarter Pepperdine had a 21-17 lead over Weber State.

With five minutes to go in the first half, WSU held Pepperdine to a three-minute scoring drought and tied everything up at 27-27. Both teams pushed for the lead at the half, but Pepperdine came out with a narrow 31-30 lead going into halftime.

With 4:40 left in the third quarter, WSU took the lead for the first time in the game with a made jumper by Jocelyn Adams that put the score at 39-38. That jumper was the start of a 10-4 run that gave WSU a 47-42 lead going into the fourth quarter of play.

Once the Wildcats claimed the lead, they never looked back. WSU pushed through the fourth quarter taking at least a 10-point lead for the majority and finished the game out with a 71-61 victory over the Waves.

The Wildcats were led by Larryn Brooks, who had 13 points in the first half and ended the game with 19 total points. Williams came off the bench and added 10 points for the Wildcats and pulled down the game high of eight boards. Emily Drake also hit double-figure scoring as she went 5-8 from the field for 11 total points.

Weber State ended the night shooting 42 percent from the field, 32 percent from the three and 62 percent from the free-throw line.

Pepperdine finished shooting 38 percent from the field, 61 percent from the three and 83 percent from the free-throw line.

WSU had just 33 rebounds to the Waves' 43; however, WSU only recorded eight turnovers to Pepperdine’s 15.

Weber State is now 6-2 overall on the season and will take on Air Force on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Dee Events Center in Ogden.