Friday , November 10, 2017 - 4:49 PM
Weber State's Kailie Quinn drive down court during the first half of play against Utah Valley University on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at Dee Events Center in Ogden.
OGDEN — As poorly as the first quarter went for the Weber State women in their season opener, the fourth quarter was equally as great.
Kailie Quinn caught a hot hand late, finishing with 20 points to key a 26-14 fourth-quarter advantage to defeat Utah Valley 75-57 on Friday evening at the Dee Events Center.
UVU led by as many as 11 in the first quarter.
“We have to have a sense of urgency, which we did in the second quarter,” WSU head coach Bethann Ord. “They didn’t hang their heads, they kept talking ... one of my leaders, Briana (Gray), kept them positive.”
Gray, a senior transfer from Bradley, scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in her Weber debut.
“It was great to finally get out here and have an official game ... we had a lot of fun today,” Gray said. “When we play as hard as we can, we can do some great things.”
Quinn shot 6 of 10 from deep, adding six rebounds and three assists. She opened the hot fourth quarter with a crisp dish to Gray for an easy bucket at the rim to start the run.
Weber led by six at the end of the third quarter but built that lead to 11 when a UVU offensive foul led to a Shianne Johnson jumper with 7:15 left.
That ballooned to 19 after Quinn hit consecutive triples, icing the game for the Wildcats.
Larryn Brooks, a senior transfer from Texas Tech, scored13 points and five assists. Emily Drake added 10 rebounds.
The Wildcats shot 8 of 16 from the 3-point line in the second and fourth quarters.
Weber State women’s team returns to action Nov. 17 by hosting Utah.