Women's basketball: 'Cats drop another Big Sky battle

Feb 25 2012 - 11:22pm

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OGDEN -- The Wildcats seniors, playing in their second-to-last home game, combined for 25 points on Saturday afternoon, but the Weber State University women's basketball team's spirited effort came up just short.

Northern Colorado, led by Kaisha Brown's 26 points, rallied from a second-half deficit to defeat Weber State 62-54 in Big Sky Conference women's basketball action at the Dee Events Center.

Senior center Mikell Woodfield led the way for the Wildcats with 13 points and six rebounds, while senior guard Caela Mohre had 12 points and five assists, going the entire 40 minutes.

Junior forward Amanda Hughes had 14 rebounds and eight points, while sophomore guard Jordan Pfau and junior guard Megan Patterson each added eight points for the Wildcats.

Patterson's two 3-pointers gives her 152 career makes, moving her into sole possession of the No. 4 spot on Weber State's career makes list.

Redshirt freshman Alexandra Troy, one of just two available bench players for the Wildcats, had a career high seven rebounds and three points in 15 minutes of action.

Neither team led by more than eight points on the afternoon, with Weber State lead by as many as six in the first half.

The Wildcats held a 51-47 lead after Woodfield's tip-in with 9:02 remaining, but went cold as the Bears scored 10 straight points to take a 57-51 lead with 5:13 remaining and held Weber State to just three points the rest of the way.

Weber State (0-15 Big Sky, 2-26 overall) will wrap up its season on March 3, against Montana State. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at the Dee Events Center, and the Wildcats' three seniors, Mohre, Woodfield and injured center Karlee Weight, will be honored.

* GONZAGA 77, BYU 60: At Spokane, Wash., No. 25 Gonzaga clinched its eighth straight West Coast Conference regular-season title and avenged a 30-point loss to BYU with a victory over the Cougars.

Katelan Redmon had 28 points and seven rebounds for Gonzaga (25-4, 14-2 West Coast), which shot 49 percent from the floor. Kayla Standish added 15 points and Taelor Karr had 11 points and six assists.

Haley Steed had 17 points, Lexi Eaton 13 and Kristen Riley 11 for BYU (23-6, 11-4), which will carry the No. 2 seed into next week's conference tournament.

* STANFORD 69, UTAH 42: At Stanford, Calif., all of the momentum Utah built during its three-game winning streak has evaporated. Now the Utes are just struggling to make it to the end of the regular season.

Playing their second game since losing starting point guard Janita Badon to a knee sprain she suffered earlier this week in practice, Utah's problems were on full display against the second-ranked team in the country.

The Utes committed shot clock violations on their first two possessions, shot just 35.4 percent, committed 15 turnovers and had only six assists in a loss to No. 2 Stanford on Saturday.

Taryn Wicijowski scored 15 points and Iwalani Rodrigues had 12 for the Utes (13-14, 6-10), who trailed by as much as 27.

* UTAH STATE 85, IDAHO 63: At Logan, senior forward Ashlee Brown's team-leading eighth double-double of the season sparked Utah State to a dominating win over Idaho at the Smith Spectrum on Saturday afternoon.

Utah State improves to 18-8 overall and 9-3 in the WAC.

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