FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Wildcats turned in a solid first-half effort on Thursday evening, but couldn’t convert that into a much-needed breakthrough road victory.
Freshman point guard Desiree Ramos and junior shooting guard Brittney Newcomb each scored 15 points to lead the Weber State University women’s basketball team, which fell to Northern Arizona 76-55 at the Walkup Skydome in Big Sky Conference action.
The Wildcats dropped to 0-7 in Big Sky play (0-16 overall), recording their 35th consecutive setback dating back to last season. The Big Sky conference record for consecutive losses is 44, set by Sacramento State, spanning from the 2000-01 to 2002-03 seasons.
The Lumberjacks improved to 3-3 in league action, 4-11 overall.
Ramos converted five of her seven 3-point field goal attempts, including three in the first half as Weber State battled to keep within striking distance of Northern Arizona. The Wildcats trailed by just three — 29-26 — late in the second half, but the Lumberjacks scored the final seven points of the opening stanza to take a 10-point lead into the lockerroom. That seven-point surge ultimately became a 19-3 run that pushed the NAU lead to 48-29 early in the second half and WSU couldn’t make up ground.
Freshman center Jalen Carpenter added 11 points and nine rebounds, while freshman forward Kalie Matthews had six points and four rebounds.
Northern Arizona was led by Amy Patton’s 22 points.
Weber State remains on the road through the weekend,traveling to Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday to face Sacramento State. The Hornets (3-3, 8-7) are coming off a 62-52 loss to Idaho State on Thursday night at the Hornet’s Nest. That loss was Sacramento State’s first home loss this season.