Women's basketball: Wildcats fall short after rally against Idaho State

Jan 28 2012 - 9:49pm

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OGDEN -- Ouch.

After obliterating an 18-point deficit to take a three-point lead with 53 seconds left the Weber State women's basketball team was poised for their first Big Sky win over conference-leading Idaho State on Saturday afternoon.

Then disaster struck.

After the Bengals tied the game at 52, WSU junior forward Shawnte Taylor stepped over the line on the inbound pass, giving the ball back to Idaho State who immediately scored the go-ahead bucket with 11 seconds left.

WSU brought the ball down and took a shot that fell just short as Idaho State escaped the Dee Events Center with a 52-54 win.

"It's really tough," WSU coach Bethann Ord said. "We battled back and proved that we are just as good as any team in this conference. We have to get the stops though and we can't have the missed opportunities."

Idaho State picked up their eighth straight win while the loss drops the Wildcats to 0-8 in conference play.

The Bengals went 4-of-8 from 3-point land in the first half and shot 46.4 percent from the field, taking a 37-19 lead into the break.

Chelsea Pickering's 12 points led Idaho State scorers, followed by 10 apiece from guards Kaela Oakes and Lindsey Reed.

In the second half, ISU's shooting froze over and Weber State was able to cut the Bengals lead to one after an Amanda Hughes 3-pointer with 7:00 left.

Hughes grabbed her eighth double-double of the year with a game-high 15 points and 11 rebounds.

WSU nabbed the lead for the first time with a pair of free throws from senior center Mikell Woodfield's that made it 45-44 with six minutes to play.

Just over a minute later, sophomore guard Jordan Pfau left the game on a backboard after a head-on collision during a loose ball melee at midcourt.

ISU stayed within three over the remaining minutes and after Taylor's turnover iced the game on a layup from sophomore guard Lindsey Reed.

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