Women's basketball: WSU seniors say goodbye

Mar 3 2012 - 11:18pm

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(NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner) Weber State’s head coach Bethann Ord hugs senior Mikell Woodfield before the game against Montana State at the Dee Events Center in Ogden on Saturday.
(NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner) WSU’s Caela Mohre drives.
(NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner) Weber State’s head coach Bethann Ord hugs senior Mikell Woodfield before the game against Montana State at the Dee Events Center in Ogden on Saturday.
(NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner) WSU’s Caela Mohre drives.

OGDEN -- Weber State bid farewell to three long-time members of the Wildcats' women's basketball program on Saturday afternoon.

Guard Caela Mohre, center Karlee Weight and center Mikell Woodfield were honored prior to tipoff of the Wildcats' final game of the season at the Dee Events Center.

"Senior day was great," Mohre said. "It was a great to have a chance to play in front of such amazing fans and friends and with my girls for one last time.

"We had fun. We had energy. It was a good game to go out on."

At the end of the day, however, the Bobcats claimed the 84-55 victory at the Dee Events Center, to send the Wildcats home disappointed.

Weber State (0-16 Big Sky, 2-27 overall) was led by junior guard Megan Patterson's 17 points, which included five 3-pointers to give her 61 for the season and 157 for her career, where she currently occupies the No. 4 spot in 3-pointers made in Weber State history.

Mohre wrapped up her final appearance at the Dee with an 11-point, 7-rebound, 4-assist effort, playing 39 of the possible 40 minutes. Woodfield had 10 points and 10 rebounds, also going 39 minutes in her final game. Weight suffered a season-ending knee injury early in the season.

Sophomore guard Jordan Pfau added 10 points, and junior forward Amanda Hughes had 12 rebounds and seven points for the Wildcats.

Weber State led by as many as seven in the first half, before the Bobcats rallied stake out a slim advantage at the break.

The Wildcats' gained a little momentum late in the half as Mohre hit a layup with four seconds left to make it a 37-34 halftime deficit.

Montana State, however, quickly snuffed out Weber State's momentum as the Bobcats scored the first 14 points of the second half to push their lead to 17 and the Wildcats couldn't cut into it.

Due to various factors, Weber State was able to dress just six players for its season finale.

The 'Cats became just the sixth team in Big Sky history to finish without a conference win, and are the first since Sacramento State, which when 0-14, in 2001-02.

Montana State (10-6 Big Sky, 18-10 overall) will take the No. 5 seed into next week's Big Sky tournament in Pocatello, Idaho.

Softball

* WILDCATS EARNS SPLIT: At Fort Collins, Colo., for the second straight day, the Weber State University softball team earned a split at the Colorado State Classic.

The Wildcats knocked off St. Mary's, Calif., 8-0 in a five-inning, run-rule win, before falling 8-0 to Northern Iowa in six innings in the second contest of the day.

In the day's opening win over the Gaels, which avenged an 11-2 loss during Friday's action, the Wildcats scored in all five innings as senior Sarah Clark improved to 5-4 on the season, earning a complete-game shutout with four strikeouts as she faced just three batters over the minimum.

Weber State recorded 11 hits, with four players recording multiple hits. Clark, along with fellow seniors Symbree Minniear and Lyndsey Minnich each went 2-for-3, and each recorded two RBIs in the contest.

Minnich's two RBIs upped her total this season to 28, which is a new single-season record for the Wildcats, dating back to the program's original inaugural season in 1975.

Senior Erika Dixon was 2-of-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Minniear was one of three Wildcats, joining sisters Cydnee Clarke and London Clarke, to hit a double in the contest.

The Wildcats scored one run in each of the first two innings, and then added two runs in the third, fourth and fifth to build up the eight-run lead, and then closed things out with a play at the plate.

In the second game, the Wildcats' bats struggled to get going, earning just two hits in the contest.

The Panthers, who avenged a 12-10 loss to the Wildcats in Friday's play, led 1-0 through the first three innings before scoring seven over the fourth, fifth and sixth to close out the game an inning early.

Clark and senior Kami Holley each recorded a hit in the game.

Weber State (6-11) will close out its three-day stay in Fort Collins when it takes on tournament host Colorado State at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday. The Rams are 1-1 in tournament action.

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