Weber State women top North Dakota to keep momentum in Big Sky

Saturday , January 13, 2018 - 5:35 PM

CYDNEE GREEN, Standard-Examiner Correspondent

OGDEN — Weber State women’s basketball had four players in double-digits Saturday afternoon and extended its home winning streak to seven by defeating North Dakota 80-69 at the Dee Events Center.

It was Weber State’s (12-4, 4-1 Big Sky) first win over UND (8-9, 1-5) in Ogden.

“I think coming in, we had a really good game plan considering we had one day to prepare,” junior Emily Drake said. “We’ve got a crowd coming to the games and after playing here for three seasons, it’s just nice to see everything coming together.”

Senior Larryn Brooks totaled 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Drake put up 18 points and snatched five boards.

Despite committing nine turnovers, junior Jaiamoni Welch-Coleman added 14 points and four steals. Senior Kailie Quinn added 12 points and six rebounds.

“It shows a lot about our team that we had four players in double-digits,” Drake said. “Everyone steps up when needed and we all play really well off of each other.”

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The Wildcats controlled the first quarter, outscoring the Fighting Hawks 18–7. North Dakota only scored twice in the first nine minutes of the quarter.

North Dakota put up eight points to start the second, cutting the deficit to four. The Wildcats pulled away after a 12–2 run to close the first half, leading 57–43 at halftime.

The Hawks came out the break ready to fight, scoring seven points to start the third. Drake scored the first points for Weber with 6:30 to go in the quarter.

The Wildcats gained momentum as Welch-Coleman was fouled on a layup and added three points to the scoreboard, starting a 22–13 run. Weber closed the third with a 14-point lead.

Despite being outscored and committing seven turnovers in the fourth, the Wildcats hung onto their lead and saw out the win.

“This win really feels great,” head coach Bethann Ord said. “I am so proud of this team. They are giving the student section something fun to watch.”

Jill Morton scored a game-high 22 points for North Dakota. Weber State held Lexi Klabo to nine points, while junior Fallyn Freiji totaled 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Weber State shot 86 percent from the free-throw line, 41 percent from the field and 37 percent from beyond the arc.

The Wildcats next hit the road to take on Sacramento State (3-13, 1–4) and Portland State (9-7, 3–2).

“Both Sac State and Portland State are totally different from Northern Colorado and North Dakota,” Ord said. “We’ve had one hiccup on the road and we have learned from it. These next two games are going to be a battle.”

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