The Weber State University women’s basketball team picked up its first Big Sky Conference win of the season on Thursday as the Wildcats cruised to a 66-53 victory over Northern Arizona University.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Wildcats, giving them their first win since they beat the University of Denver 65-63. It was also their first win by double digits since their 71-53 road victory over the Air Force Academy.
“I was very proud of my girls,” said WSU head coach Bethann Ord. “It’s nice to get over the hump and get back to where we were before Christmas. We’ve had a rough two weeks, and that’s a really tough start of conference.”
The Wildcats had four players score double-digit points in the win, with junior Brittney Dunbar leading the team with a career-high 12 points.
“We won as a team, which is a great feeling,” Dunbar said. “We kept our composure, even when they made a run. We just did well in keeping that composure.”
Dunbar joined freshman Kailie Quinn, junior Regina Okoye and senior Brianna Averette to score 43 of the team’s 66 points in the win. Junior Jalen Carpenter tied with senior Zakiyyah Shahid-Martin for the team high with 10 rebounds as she pulled down double-digit rebounds for the fourth time in the team’s last five games.
“We started out with energy,” Shahid-Martin said. “We came into half time, had a good talk and came out with energy and ended the game well, which was much needed.”
The Wildcats (6-10, 1-4 conference) will look to continue their momentum going into Saturday’s game when they host Southern Utah University at 2 p.m.
“We just want to carry it over,” Dunbar said. “It’s nice to have it at home, so we’re hoping to just continue and pick it up. It will be a really good game.”
Southern Utah has won their last five games against Weber State with the Wildcats’ last win coming in 2009 when they won 78-41 in Ogden.
“It will be a battle. (Southern Utah) has kind of become our little in-state rival, and they’re going to come in here and work their tails off,” Ord said. “But again, we’re going to be at home, and we’re really excited about that, and I’m excited for my girls to continue to do their best to lay down the line.”