PROVO — The Weber Wildcats fell short in their season opener at BYU on Friday afternoon, dropping an 80-55 decision in college women’s basketball at the Marriott Center.
BYU pulled away midway through the first half and went on a quick run to start the second half leading to a 21-point lead at one point.
The Wildcats fought back, however, to cut the lead to single digits several times in the second half, but BYU’s pressure defense and length was too much in the end.
The ’Cats actually outrebounded the Cougars, 42-36 but BYU outscored Weber State in the paint, 30-22.
BYU scored 16 second-chance points on 11 offensive rebounds and forced the visiting Wildcats to turn the ball over 27 times.
“We came out and executed well tonight,” BYU coach Jeff Judkins said. “We did a good job of moving the ball and did a good job defending their pick and roll game.”
Regina Okoye led the Wildcats with 14 points while Kalie Matthews worked hard on the boards to lead all rebounders in the game with 12. Matthews also added 11 points for the Wildcats. Jalen Carpenter and Desiree Ramos added eight points apiece.
BYU’s Lexi Eaton led all scorers with 24 points, going 9-of-16 from the field. Kim Beeston added 13 points for the Cougars.
The Wildcats will hit the hardwood again on Thursday night, welcoming Boise State to the Dee Events Center for a 7 p.m. contest.