OGDEN -- The Weber State coaching career of Bethann Ord got off on a good note on Saturday night, with the Wildcat women's basketball team scoring a 60-42 victory over Adams State College at the Dee Events Center in the team's lone exhibition game of the season.
The Wildcats turned up the pressure on the Grizzlies, forcing 30 turnovers on the night, and holding their opponent to 26.5 percent shooting from the field.
"I think, for our numbers, the girls really tried to play hard and do a good job, as far as playing really great defense and getting stops," said Ord. "We tried to switch it up on (Adams State) a little bit, and we kept them on their toes.
"I'm really proud of our girls, because every one of them that were able to play stepped up. I gave them some goals before the game, and I think we got every one of them."
Senior Caela Mohre and junior transfer Shawnte Taylor led the Wildcats offensively, with Mohre scoring a team-high 12 points, while Taylor added 11. Junior Megan Patterson and freshman Carlee Lough each added nine points.
Taylor was also strong on the boards for the Wildcats, leading the team with a game-high 12 rebounds. Sophomore Jordan Pfau joined in, adding 11 rebounds.
The Wildcats, playing shorthanded with only seven healthy bodies, also struggled a bit offensively, turning the ball over 19 times, and shooting only 31.7 percent. Weber State was aggressive throughout the night with the ball, however, which paid off at the line in the form of 20-of-26 free throw shooting.
"We've definitely got some things to work on," Ord said. "But I loved the effort tonight, and the biggest thing going forward right now is to get everyone healthy."
The Wildcats will open up the regular season on Nov. 13, as they take on Boise State in Boise, Idaho.
* WILDCATS OUSTED IN THREE: The Wildcats gave an inspired effort, but came up just short on Friday night at Sacramento, Calif.
Led by 12 kills from Kayla Beal, Sacramento State defeated the Weber State University women's volleyball team 25-12, 27-25, 29-27 at the Hornet's Nest.
Sophomore outside hitter Briana Wilms led Weber State with eight kills, while junior middle blocker Dama Cox had seven kills for the Wildcats (2-10 Big Sky, 2-22 overall). Sophomore outside hitter Piper Wahlin added six kills and eight digs for Weber State.
After the Hornets took a decisive first set victory, the Wildcats battled fiercely over the final two sets against one of the league's top teams.
There were four lead changes and 12 ties in the second set, which Sacramento State won 27-25.
The third set was even more competitive, featuring 17 ties and nine lead changes.
Weber State will return to action on Monday, stepping briefly out of Big Sky Conference action, to host in-state rival Southern Utah at 6 p.m. at Swenson Gym. The match kicks off a three-match home stand for the Wildcats.