OGDEN -- Hitting just 33.8 percent from the field on their home court,, the Weber State women's basketball team dropped a 72-65 decision to in-state rival Utah Valley on Wednesday night at the Dee Events Center.
The Wildcats, who shot just 26.3 percent from the field in the second half, cut the deficit to just two points (67-65) late, but the Wolverines closed the game out at the free throw line to improve to 6-5 overall and earn a two-game sweep of Weber State (2-11).
Junior forward Shawnte Taylor and junior guard Megan Patterson each scored 15 points to lead Weber State.
Taylor also added seven rebounds and two assist, while Patterson drained three 3-pointers.
Sophomore guard Justine Johnson added 10 points, and sophomore guard Laura Palmere had nine for the Wildcats, who will now have a five-day break for the holidays. Palmere also added a career-high four steals.
UVU's Sammie Jensen topped all scorers with 18 points while Jenna Johnson added 14 and both Abbie Beutler and Kaycee Mansfield each tallied 12 off the bench. Mansfield also finished with a game-high nine boards.
The Wolverines shot 56 percent from the field.
The game was deadlocked at 32-32 at halftime, with the Wildcats notching the first four points of the second half before going ice cold from the field. The Wolverines led 50-40 with 13:46 left and still led 67-58 with 88 seconds left before Weber State stormed back into the game behind Johnson and Patterson, closing the deficit to two with 47 seconds left on a layup by Patterson.
Utah Valley, however, hit 5-of-6 from the line to secure the win.
The Wildcats and Wolverines traded leads in the first half, with the contest sitting even at 32-32 at halftime.
The game wrapped WSU's non-conference schedule, with coach Bethann Ord's Wildcats now having nine days before opening up Big Sky Conference action on Dec. 31, at Sacramento State.
"I was really pleased with our play," UVU coach Cathy Nixon said. "I wouldn't say that it was necessarily pretty, but a lot of times you just have to find a way to win."