At 0-11 on the season, the Weber State women’s basketball team will hope to usher in 2013 with a road trip to Northern Colorado (4-6, 1-0) on Thursday and North Dakota (5-6, 0-2) on Saturday.
The immediate goal is to break into the win column. And coach BethAnn Ord’s squad looks close to achieving the task.
The Wildcats are coming off of probably their best game of the season, where they led Portland State for most of the game before going on a seven-minute scoreless streak midway through the second half.
Freshman center Jalen Carpenter led the team with 24 points against Portland State. That was the most any Wildcat has scored this season and it pushed her into the team lead in scoring at 9.2 points per game.
Weber State is 0-2 in Big Sky conference play.
Northern Colorado is led by junior guard D’Shara Strange, who averages 14.8 points per game, good for third in the Big Sky. Strange also leads the team in rebounding with 6.1 rebounds per game.
Northern Colorado coach Jaime White was born in Kanab, Utah, and played at Utah Valley State College before transferring to Kansas State. White returned to Utah to get her secondary teaching certificate at Southern Utah and then her master’s degree at Utah State.
Northern Colorado is the second-best scoring defense in the Big Sky, giving up only 55.1 points per game. The Bears don’t score very well, however, averaging only 56.2 points per game, ninth in the Big Sky.
This is the first year in the Big Sky for North Dakota. Junior forward Madi Buck leads the team, averaging 10.6 points per game. Buck also leads North Dakota in rebounding at 7.8 rebounds per game.