Robert Casey
Emily Drake drives to the hoop. Drake contributed 18 points to Weber State's 80-69 win over North Dakota on Saturday afternoon.

Weber State women’s basketball picked up its seventh-consecutive win at the Dee Events Center by taking down North Dakota, 80-69, on Saturday afternoon.

After the first five minutes in the game, WSU trailed North Dakota, 5-4. The Wildcats then went on an 11-0 run and only allowed the Fighting Hawks to score one basket the rest of the first quarter. Going into the second quarter of play WSU had an 18-7 lead.

Jaiamoni Welch-Coleman drained a 3-pointer early in the second quarter, but after that WSU went on a four-minute scoring drought. Lucky for the Wildcats, the Fighting Hawks only scored four points in that time allowing Weber State to maintain a solid lead. A jumper by Emily Drake broke the Wildcats scoring drought and propelled them to finish the first half with a 33-19 lead.

North Dakota came out of halftime on a 7-0 run and held Weber State scoreless for the first four minutes. WSU finally recaptured the momentum and pushed for a 57-43 lead going into the fourth quarter.

To start the fourth quarter, the Fighting Hawks went on a 6-0 run, but WSU’s lead was too big to give UND a fighting chance to win. Weber State maintained and pushed for a final score of 80-69.

Weber State was led by Larryn Brooks who had 19 points. Not far behind was Emily Drake with 18 points and Welch-Coleman with 17. Kailie Quinn also added double-figure scoring with 12 on the night. Jocelyn Adams had the game-high rebounds with eight and Welch-Coleman had the game high of four assists.

The Wildcats ended the game shooting 40 percent from the field, 37 percent from the three and 85 percent from the free-throw line. North Dakota shot 37 percent from the field, 33 percent from the three and 68 percent from the free-throw line. WSU recorded only 41 rebounds to UND’s 46.

Weber State is now 12-4 overall on the season and 4-1 in Big Sky play. The Wildcats are back on the road to take on Sacramento State on Jan. 18 and Portland State on Jan. 20. Weber State returns home to take on Idaho State on Jan. 27.