After suffering back-to-back losses, the Weber State women’s basketball team bounced back Friday with a 100-97 win in double overtime against New Mexico State (NMSU).
“It was a great team effort tonight,” said senior guard Brianna Averette. “We battled when we got down. We stayed poised and played together.”
The Wildcats trailed the Aggies throughout most of the first half but managed to pull within one point to go into halftime trailing 35-34. The Aggies added to their lead in the second half, as they jumped out to a 12 point lead with just over two minutes left in the game. The Wildcats battled back, and went on a 15-3 scoring run to tie the game at 75-75 and force overtime. The teams changed lead three times in the first overtime period, but freshman guard Kailie Quinn hit her fourth three-point shot of the game with two seconds left to send the game into second overtime. The Wildcats took control of the second overtime period, as they only lost the lead once on their way to the double overtime win.
“(NMSU) threw everything at us,” said WSU head coach Bethann Ord. “For us to come in here and get this victory was huge.”
The win was the third time in team history that the Wildcats have gone into double overtime in a game, and the team is now 3-0 in those games. The last time the Wildcats went into double overtime was in 2009, when they pulled off a 62-61 win over BYU.
Averette led the team in scoring with a game-high 21 points, while also pulling down four rebounds and making six assists. Her 21 points and six assists were both new career highs for her, as it was the first time since 2012 she scored 15 or more points.
The Wildcats had four other players score double-digit points in the win, as freshman Kailie Quinn had her second 20-plus-point game of the season, putting up 20 points while shooting 5-for-9 from three-point range. Junior Regina Okoye scored 12 points against New Mexico State, while fellow junior Jalen Carpenter had her second double-double of the season. Carpenter pulled down 13 rebounds and scored 13 points while tying her career-high with three steals. Freshman Sira Toure set a new career-high with 14 points off the bench.
“I am so proud of these girls,” Ord said. “We were pressuring them and attacking them and we did what he needed to. Having people come in off the bench and play aggressively really helped us earn this win.”
The Wildcats’ next home game will be on Dec. 6 when they host San Diego (5-1) at 2 p.m.