FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The Weber State University women's basketball team returns to the Big Sky Conference road on Thursday night, looking to get a breakthrough victory after a pair of strong efforts last week.
Weber State will take on Northern Arizona at 6:35 p.m. on Thursday at the Rolle Activity Center, with both teams looking for their first league victory of the season.
The Wildcats (0-5 Big Sky, 2-16 overall) are coming off a pair of narrow road losses to Montana and Montana State last week, and are looking to break an eight-game losing streak when they take on the Lumberjacks (0-6, 5-13). Northern Arizona has dropped nine straight games since a 5-4 start to the season.
Junior forward Amanda Hughes had a huge week for the Wildcats against the Bobcats and Grizzlies, averaging 16 points and 12.5 rebounds across the two games. Hughes, a native of Aurora, Colo., shot 57.9 percent from the field and hit 10-of-13 free throws, while notching a six steals and a pair of blocks. She had a career-high 17 rebounds against Montana on Saturday. That's the highest total for a Weber State player this season, and the second highest in the Big Sky. Hughes is averaging 11.2 rebounds during conference play, ranking third in the league.
Overall this season, Hughes leads the team in scoring (10.7 ppg) and rebounding (8.2 rpg).
Junior guard Megan Patterson averaged 12.5 points during those two games. Sophomore point guard Justine Johnson has also had a strong start to conference play, averaging 4.0 assists per game in Big Sky action. She has 20 assists to nine turnovers, giving the Mesa, Ariz., native a 2.2 assists-to-turnover ratio, the second best mark in the league during conference. She also ranks fifth in steals, averaging 2.8 per game.
Junior Amy Patton leads Northern Arizona in scoring at 13.3 points per game (10th in the Big Sky), while coming off the bench for the Lumberjacks.
Northern Arizona is 5-3 at home this season, but has lost three straight on its home court.