The Weber State University women’s basketball team fell to the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks on the road on Thursday night, 76-55.
The Wildcats kept things close for most of the first half, led by freshman Desiree Ramos. Ramos led all scorers at the half with 12 points, off of 4-6 shooting from beyond the arc. The Wildcats went into the half shooting 33 percent from 3-point land.
“I got some good screens, and I was able to create for myself and others,” Ramos said. “I started early with the shooting and felt good about it early. It just happened for me to be on today.”
The Lumberjacks, on the other hand, won the battle inside, outscoring the Wildcats 20-6 in the paint. The Lumberjacks had nine steals in the first half.
The Wildcats got out to a slim lead midway through the first half, but the Lumberjacks started pulling away, going up by eight. The Wildcats battled back to get within three points with about two minutes to go in the half, but the Lumberjacks ended the half on a 7-0 run, taking a 36-26 lead into the half. The Wildcats missed their last five shots to end the half.
The Lumberjacks came out strong in the second half, increasing the lead. The Wildcats continued to battle and, in the final minutes, were matching buckets with the Lumberjacks, yet they were not able to bridge the gap. The Lumberjacks moved the ball well, finishing the game with 22 assists. Many of those assists led to layups, as the Lumberjacks outscored the Wildcats 42-16 in the paint.
“I thought the first half we played very well, without still playing the total 20 minutes,” said head coach Bethann Ord. “I felt like we came out flat in the second half. A couple of people did a little bit better job rebounding. But giving a team so many second opportunities, it makes it hard. They scored quite a bit in the paint, where we were just settling for jump shots and outside shots, where we should return it, go inside out.”
Lumberjack senior Amy Patton led all scorers with 22 points and also had 12 rebounds.
Ramos and junior Brittney Newcomb finished with 15 points each for the Wildcats. Freshman Jalen Carpenter chipped in 11 points and led the team with nine rebounds.
Turnovers were a big factor in the game. The Lumberjacks finished with 13 steals to the Wildcats’ four. The Wildcats were also outscored in fast-break points, 12-0, and in points off turnovers, 13-7. The Lumberjacks’ bench also scored 20 points. The Wildcat bench had six points.
“We gave them too many second-chance opportunities,” Ord said. “I say it all the time: Basketball is a game of (fundamentals). It’s really kind of a simple game if you do all the little things — unfortunately, little things add up. You gotta execute possessions and you gotta get stops. And if you aren’t getting stops, it’s hard.”