OGDEN -- With its leading scorer out due to the stomach flu, the Weber State women's basketball team had a reason to fret.
Still, the young Wildcats battled before falling to Big Sky Conference leader Montana State, 67-37, on Thursday at the Dee Events Center.
Freshman center Jalen Carpenter, who leads the team inscoring, sat out on Thursday due to the flu. Regina Okoye stepped in to lead the team in scoring with eight points and Kalie Matthews led the team with 10 rebounds.
"We are not going to use being young as an excuse," Matthews said. "We just need to learn to play together. We're getting there."
WSU has now lost 37 straight ballgames.
Montana State was led by Ashley Brumwell with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Rachel Semansky added 11 points to the Bobcats effort.
The Wildcats were outscored in the paint 36-24 by the bigger Bobcats. The MSU bench outscores WSU 33-15.
Weber State struggled from the floor, shooting 23.8 percent. It didn't help that the Bobcats shot 41.2 percent from the floor.
Montana State started the game on a 19-2 run and theWildcats never recovered. The closest Weber State got was 14 points from there on out.
The Bobcats outrebounded Weber State 56-36.
"That's our biggest thing right now," WU coach Bethann Ord said. "We're really working on boxing out and rebounding." WSU hosts Montana on Saturday afternoon. Game time is 2 p.m. at the DEC.