OREM — The Weber State women’s basketball team fell on the road to in-state foe
Utah Valley on Tuesday, 68-56.
The Wildcats hung around through most of the first half until the Wolverines pulled away just before halftime, stretching what had been a four-point lead into a 10-point advantage at the break.
Utah Valley pulled away in the second half and never looked back, led by reigning Great West player of the year Sammie Jensen, who finished with a game-high 30 points.
Senior point guard Kia Rhodes scored a season-high 11 points for Weber State, three points short of her career high.
Freshman guard Desiree Ramos finished with 10 points for the Wildcats, while freshman forward Grace Farnsworth and freshman center Jalen Carpenter each added eight points and freshman forward Kalie Matthews ended up with seven.
Despite a team effort that included 32 bench points to only four from the Wolverines, the Wildcats fell short mostly due to a poor shooting night.
Weber State shot 30.4 percent from the floor and just 21.1 percent from three-point range, going 4-for-19 from beyond the arc. The Wildcats struggled from the free throw line as well, going 10-for-19 from the stripe.
The Wolverines went to the line almost twice as many times as the Wildcats did, going 23-for-35.
While the Wildcats dominated in bench play, Utah Valleyout scored the Wildcats in the paint by a 34-18 margin.
The Wildcats will be back in action on December 14 at Wyoming at 7 p.m.