OGDEN -- The Weber State University women's basketball team got its first taste of playing in front of a crowd on Wednesday night during the team's annual Purple and White intrasquad scrimmage game.
Led by nine points and six rebounds from newcomer Shawnte Taylor, the Purple team edged the White team 19-18 at the Dee Events Center.
New coach Bethann Ord directed the Wildcats through her first Purple and White. With a shorthanded squad because of injuries, the Wildcats had nine players and had to use a male practice player to go 5-on-5. That makes it tough to evaluate the scrimmage, said Ord, a former Louisville assistant in her first head coaching job.
"They still went hard, they tried to execute," Ord said. "It's a process. It's going to be a process and it's not just the newcomers learning a system, it's the whole team learning a system."
Newcomer Kia Rhodes had eight points, splitting time between the two squads, scoring six points while playing for Purple and adding a basket for White.
Sophomore guard Justine Johnson had five rebounds and a pair of assists for Purple during the 15-minute scrimmage.
Senior Mikell Woodfield scored nine points to lead the White team.
Weber State will face its first competition on Nov. 5, when the Wildcats welcome Adams State to the Dee Events Center for an exhibition game.
WSU will open its season on Nov. 13, when it travels to Boise State to face the Broncos.