Spring break didn’t provide a break for the Weber State University women’s basketball team, as it lost three games during that time.
On Senior Night, March 2, the Wildcats fell to the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks by a score of 65-49.
Lumberjack senior Amy Patton led all scorers with 15 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Erikka Banks added 13 points and nine rebounds for NAU.
Freshman guard Desiree Ramos had 14 points for WSU. Freshman Regina Okoye had 13 points. Freshman Kalie Matthews grabbed 17 rebounds, and senior Kia Rhodes, playing her last game for the Purple and White, finished with seven points.
On Thursday, the Wildcats lost a thriller against the Portland State University Vikings, falling in overtime by the score of 79-73.
The Wildcats jumped out to a quick 13-2 lead in the first four minutes, as all five starters scored early for WSU. The Vikings climbed back to within one point in the half, going on a 14-4 run midway through the half. The Wildcats, who led for the entire first half, took a 37-34 lead into halftime.
Matthews finished the half with 10 points, while Okoye had eight points and nine rebounds in the first half. The Wildcats shot 47 percent in the first half.
PSU came out strong to start the second half, taking its first lead midway through the half.
The Vikings came out playing zone against the Wildcats in the second half, disrupting WSU’s transition game that had given the Wildcats the early advantage. The Vikings pushed the lead to as many as seven in the half.
The Wildcats clawed back into the game in the final minutes, tying the game with 1:32 remaining on a steal and 3-point play from Okoye. The Wildcats had the last possession of the game, with the score of 65-65. Ramos drove hard to the basket, getting fouled in the process with three seconds to go. She had a one-and-one opportunity to give the Wildcats the win, but her shot was off the back iron and the clock ran out, forcing overtime.
For the majority of overtime, the game was back and forth, with neither team gaining the advantage. The Vikings got a few key stops late in the overtime period, and were able to make their free throws and win the game.
Viking senior Courtney VanBrocklin led all scorers with 22 points and 10 assists.
Both Okoye and Matthews put in 18 points for the Wildcats, with Okoye finishing with 12 rebounds and five assists.
WSU finished the season on Saturday afternoon against the Eastern Washington University Eagles, falling by a score of 70-53.
The Wildcats kept the score close in the first half, but were blown out in the second half. They had 20 turnovers, which led to 19 Eagle points.
EWU senior Carrie Ojeda led all scorers with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Ramos had 22 points for the Wildcats. WSU ended the season with a record of 0-29.
The team could not be reached for comment.
With four starting freshmen, and many other freshmen on the team, the Wildcats have the future to look forward to.