OGDEN — The Wildcats had the benefit of playing their rivals at home, but in the end, it wasn’t enough.
The Weber State women’s basketball team fell to Idaho State 69-45 Monday night.
The Bengals had three players in double-digits, including the game’s leading scorer Kaela Oakes, who finished with 17 points, handing the Wildcats their 34th consecutive loss dating back to last season.
AshleighVella added 16 points and Jessa Jeppesen had 10 more for the Bengals in the win.
Weber State was led by freshman center Jalen Carpenter who came away with 10 points. Carpenter was also the Wildcats’ leading rebounder with eight boards.
Freshman forwards Regina Okoye Kalie Matthews grabbed seven rebounds each in the defeat.
ISU’s Abyee Maracigan pulled down a game-high nine rebounds, helping the Bengals outrebound WSU 44-34.
The Wildcats struggled from the floor, shooting 30.4 percent while the Bengals shot 44.1 percent from the field.
From 3-point range, Idaho State shot 47.1 percent, hitting a total of eight 3s on the night.
Weber State shot 33.3 percent from beyond the arc, going 5-of-15.
One of the biggest differences in the game was in the paint where the
Bengals outscored the Wildcats, 30-16. Another big scoring differential came on points off turnovers, where Idaho State recorded 19 points off 12 WSU turnovers.
Weber State turned 12 turnovers into just three points.
The Wildcats will be back in action Thursday night at Northern Arizona at 7 p.m. in Flagstaff, Ariz. The game can be seen on Big Sky TV through www.bigskyconf.com.