The Weber State women’s basketball team set the tone for a basketball double-header on Monday night with a 94-48 win against the Bristol University Bears.
This game marked the second consecutive win for the Wildcats, putting them up to 2-0 on the season.
“We were really improved over Friday’s game,” said WSU head coach Bethann Ord. “Statistically, we were very improved and we have made some good progress. There will always be the need to keep working and keep improving, and right now we are on our way to achieving those goals.”
Much of the tone of the first half and into the second half involved foul troubles due to the physicality of both teams on the court. Both teams had over seven fouls, and tensions boiled to the point that a player from Bristol was nearly ejected from the game. The Wildcats stepped up to the free-throw line 20 times, where they made 14 of their shots.
“During practice, we have a goal of being 75 percent from the foul line,” Ord said. “We have yet to achieve that this season, but it is our goal to get to that point as soon as possible.”
Junior guard Regina Okoye had a milestone night as well as a good game. She was one of three Wildcats who scored in double digits and posted the team’s first double-double of the year with 18 points total and 11 rebounds. The capstone to her performance came in five steals, three of which came within a one-minute span during the second half. This moved her up on the all-time career steals list to second place with 170.
“Tonight I put a lot of hard work and effort into making things work for us,” Okoye said. “As a team we are starting to mesh and work together well, and we will need that and this positive momentum to get us through this season.”
Freshman guard Kailie Quinn had a solid night on the court, leading the team in scoring with 21 points and making five of the team’s eight three-point shots, as well as shooting 2-2 from the foul line.
“As a team, we are really trying hard to work together on and off the court,” Quinn said. “Right now it is starting to pay off a bit. Tonight, it just so happened that when I was open to take the shot, I just seized the opportunity and took the shot.”
The Wildcats (2-0) go on the road this week to play Air Force (1-1) on Thursday and Utah Valley (2-1) on Saturday. The team will return home on Nov. 24 to face Cal State Fullerton. Tip off is at 7 p.m. at the Dee Events Center.
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