Weber State women clinch 4th in 85-69 rout of Montana State

Friday , March 02, 2018 - 10:47 PM

OGDEN — The Weber State women’s basketball team capped its regular season with a wire-to-wire 85-69 win over Montana State on Friday night at the Dee Events Center.

With the victory, the Wildcats (20-9, 12-6 Big Sky) earn the four seed and a first-round bye in next week’s Big Sky Tournament in Reno, Nevada.

Senior guard Larryn Brooks led all scorers with 26 points on 8-of-18 shooting, including five 3s.

“I feel like I’ve been through a lot going through all these different universities,” Brooks said, who transferred twice before finishing her career at Weber. “The only thing I could wish for is being at this school for four years. It’s truly been a blessing.”


Senior guard Kailie Quinn and junior guard J’aimoni Welch-Coleman each tallied 13 points, with junior guard Emily Drake chipping in 11.

Along with Brooks and Quinn, seniors Jocelyn Adams and Briana Gray were recognized before the game as a part of senior night. Adams had nine points and nine rebounds. Gray totaled four points and seven rebounds.

“They just want to keep winning,” WSU head coach Bethann Ord said. “Tonight was for the seniors, but the prize is the next step, which is going to the tournament. There’s still great opportunity. We’ve got a lot more basketball to play.”

After a slow start for both teams, the Wildcats outscored the Bobcats 24-11 in the second quarter to take a 39-22 advantage at halftime. WSU kept its foot on the gas and led by as many as 24 points in the fourth quarter.

The Bobcats (15-14, 9-9) had three players in double figures. Senior guard Delany Junkermier totaled 25 points. Sophomore guard Oliana Squires and sophomore Blaire Braxton — sister of WSU men’s center Zach — each scored 10 points.

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“I thought today we did a really good job defensively, especially in that first half,” Ord said. “We had a few bumps, but we got back into it.”

After squandering late leads multiple times this season, the Wildcats have won three straight games and four of their last five.

“It’s a perfect end to the regular season,” Brooks said. “I think it’s great timing ... Things didn’t really go how we expected or wanted it to, but I think we just learned from it. I think it was probably the best thing that could have happened to us this season.”

Weber State awaits the winner of No. 5 seed Idaho State and No. 12 seed Southern Utah, who play Monday. WSU plays the winner at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. WSU went 4-0 against those teams this season.

The women’s tournament will stream live on and on the Pluto TV app.

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