OGDEN — After leading for the entirety of the first half, Weber State women's basketball struggled to maintain momentum in the second half and fell 66-59 to Montana State on Thursday night.
"It was a very disappointing loss," said head coach Velaida Harris. "We played very good half-court defense in the first half, and after halftime, we didn't have the same urgency. The first half the ladies are on our end so coaches can communicate and dictate, but they're on their own in the second half. That's when our level of communication has to be heightened. The major differences tonight were our unforced turnovers, our effort on the defensive end and rebounding."
Weber State moves to 4-14 overall on the season and 1-7 in Big Sky Conference play.
Both Weber State and Montana State had three athletes score in double figures. MSU was led by Clarie Lundberg who had 23 on the night with five made from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Weber State was led by Jaiamoni Welch-Coleman who dropped 16 points on the night.
Kayla Watkins pulled down double-digit boards, the only one from both teams to hit the mark, with 11 rebounds for Weber State.
WSU started the game hot with an 8-0 run in the first quarter holding MSU to just three points for the first 6:30 seconds of the game. However, the Bobcats managed an 11-4 run to close the first quarter out. Welch-Coleman executed a tough drive and layup to give WSU the 16-14 lead at the end of the first.
In the second quarter, the Wildcats shot 50 percent from the field going 8-of-16, while the Bobcats shot just 25 percent going 4-of-16 from the field. WSU's strong second quarter led it to a 33-23 lead going into the half.
Montana State came out of halftime on fire scoring 24 points in the third quarter. WSU only managed 13 points in the third, giving the Bobcats a narrow one-point lead going into the fourth.
With five minutes to go in the game, Weber State had a three-point lead, but Montana State quickly overtook the lead and maintained as the final buzzer sounded. The Bobcats ended with a 66-59 victory over the Wildcats.Comment on this story
"This season has been full of highs and lows within every game," Harris said. "We have to become consistent on the defensive end. That's how we win and lose."
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Weber State had 26 points in the paint, outscoring MSU's 16. Montana State had 28 points off the bench with Tori Martell and Blaire Braxton each scoring double figures.
The Wildcats continue with a home game on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m., against Montana before hitting the road to Portland State and Sacramento State.
WSU's next home game will be Feb. 7, at noon against Southern Utah, as the Wildcats host the annual Field Trip Day.