The Wildcats came away with another win after a home game against in-state rival Southern Utah University.

This win brings the Wildcats to a 17-7 record on the season putting them in fourth place in the Big Sky Conference with only two more weeks to go in the regular season. In their loss, the Thunderbirds dropped to a 2-22 record keeping them in last place in the Big Sky Conference.

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Junior Deeshyra Thomas runs the ball past a Southern Utah player during the game on Feb. 18. (Abby Van Ess / The Signpost)

Weber State had four players score in double digits for the game with Deeshyra Thomas leading with 18 points, including five free throws. Kailie Quinn came in right behind her with 17 points coming off of five made three-pointers. Four different Wildcats also tied for the team lead in rebounds with five apiece.

No Wildcat had quite as much of an all-around great game as senior forward Brittney Dunbar. She ended the game having scored nine points, dished out five assists, picked up two rebounds and earned a pair of blocks to go with three steals.

Dunbar’s two blocks also made her the Wildcats game leader in blocks as three other players each picked up one block. Those three steals put her at 77 on the year with a 3.2 steals per game average.

Dunbar said, “Pressuring on the ball, it’s easy to get steals.”

Dunbar was not the only one collecting steals on the team as the group picked up eight total. The steals contributed to half of the SUU turnovers, as the Thunderbirds gave the ball away 16 times. This game falls into the pattern of the Weber State team forcing steals and blocking shots.

“It really just helps when you have teammates that help you out,” said Dunbar.

Not all of the production in this game came from the Wildcats starting lineup. The four reserve players who came into the game against SUU combined for 13 rebounds and 29 points.

Dionne Coe came off the bench, leading all reserve players by scoring 11 points and recovering five rebounds. Following Coe, was freshman guard Yarden Danan who scored 10 points and picked up a block.

As Coach Bethann Ord said, “The girls just keep grinding it out and people just keep stepping up”

This game was also one of the most disciplined for Weber State as they only committed 13 fouls compared to SUU’s 12 fouls. This led to only nine free throws for the Wildcats in the game, six of which came from Thomas.

Coming up the Wildcats road trip will send them to play against Montana State on Feb. 25. On Feb. 27, they take on Montana. With four games left in the regular season, Weber State still has a chance of finishing as high as first in the conference and gaining the top overall seed for the Big Sky Tournament in Reno, Nevada.

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