BOISE, Idaho -- The Weber State University women's basketball squad gets its season under way this afternoon as the Wildcats tip off at 2 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena against Boise State.
The game will mark the coaching debut of Bethann Ord, who took over the program in April after 20 years as an assistant coach, most recently at Louisville.
"We've definitely got some things to work on," Ord said after an exhibition win over Adams State last weekend. "I loved the effort ... and the biggest thing going forward right now is to get everyone healthy."
Weber State features a roster that returns seven players, including three that started a season ago.
Junior shooting guard Megan Patterson is the Wildcats' top returning scorer from last year. She started in all 28 games last season, averaging a team-high 31.0 minutes per game. Patterson hit a Big Sky-leading 73 3-point field goals and averaged 11.8 points per game. She was also third on the team in assists (43) and steals (22).
Also returning is senior forward/center Mikell Woodfield, who started in 21 games last season and led the team in rebounding at 6.2 rebounds per game. Woodfield averaged 7.6 points. Sophomore point guard Justine Johnson started in 18 of WSU's final 20 games last season. Johnson had a team-high 103 assists, averaging 3.8 per game, and was second on the team in steals 35 (1.25/game).
Senior guard Caela Mohre, who started at point for the Wildcats first eight games before suffering a stress fracture in her foot, also returns, as does 6-foot-2 center Karlee Weight, who battled a knee injury for much of last season.
Weber State has six newcomers on this year's team, including sophomore transfer Laura Palmere, who had to sit out last season after joining the Wildcats from Denver.
After today's game, the Wildcats will travel to Logan on Wednesday to face in-state rival Utah State at 7 p.m., before making their home debut on Saturday against BYU at the Dee Events Center.