BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Time ran out on the Wildcats Saturday afternoon.
Is time running out on the 'Cats' quest for a women's basketball victory?
The Weber State women's basketball team fell just short of its first win of the season on Saturday afternoon, losing to Montana State 69-65.
The Wildcats had one of their best offensive team efforts of the season. Three Wildcats were in double digits against the Bobcats. Freshman forward Regina Okoye led the way with 16 points, a career high.
Meanwhile Kia Rhodes added a season-high 12 points and Des Ramos recorded 11 points.
The Wildcats trailed by 18 points with 7:41 left to go in the game before putting together a furious comeback.
With seven minutes left, the Wildcats stepped up their defense, holding Montana State to only seven points in the last seven minutes. In that same span, Weber State scored 21 points.
The Wildcats had a couple of chances to tie the game late, but couldn't cash in, ultimately falling by the four-point margin.
Weber State shot a season-high 46.3 percent from the field while the Bobcats shot 45.5 percent. Weber State was outrebounded, however, 40-29.
Montana State also held a big advantage in the paint where the Bobcats outscored Weber State, 42-30.
Montana State's Rachel Semansky led all scorers with 28 points. Semansky also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.
Freshman forward Kalie Matthews led the Wildcats with seven rebounds of her own.
Both teams had trouble taking care of the ball. Weber State turned it over 22 times while the Bobcats turned it over 23 times.
Both teams also struggled from 3-point range. Each team went 1 of 10 from beyond the arc.
This was the third game in a four-game road trip for the Wildcats. They will travel to Pocatello, Idaho, for a matchup with Idaho State on Thursday at 7 p.m.
WSU will then return home on Feb. 28 to take on Sacramento State.
* WSU MEN SWEEP COLORADO-MESA: The Weber State men's tennis team improved to 2-4 on the season on Friday night after a dominating performance in a 7-0 sweep of Colorado-Mesa at the Eagleridge Tennis Club.
"We played a great match tonight," said WSU coach Brad Ferreira. "All of the guys came out focused, and really played with great energy. This was a very nice start to our three matches this weekend."
The Wildcats got going early, taking the No. 1 and 2 doubles matches for the early lead. Todd Fought and Sanjay Goswami took an 8-4 win over Jordan Lyden and Andres Garcia-Rojas in the top spot.
Oliver Good and Caio Poitena secured the doubles point for WSU with an 8-4 win over Andres Hernandez and Spencer Weinberg at No. 2.
The lone blemish on the results sheet for the Wildcats came at No. 3 doubles, where Dylan Hansel and Anthony Trabert suffered a 8-6 loss to Brason Hollabaugh and Trevor Brown.
In singles, the Wildcats took five of the six matches in straight-sets, while Jakub Gewert finished off a three-setter at No. 2 to complete the sweep.
Fought scored a win in the No. 1 spot with a 6-2, 7-6 victory over Lyden, and Good took down Garcia-Rojas 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3. After splitting the first two sets 6-4, 3-6, Gewert rolled to a 6-0 third-set win for his victory over Weinberg at No. 2.
In the bottom half of the lineup, Poitena took down Taylor Macres 6-4, 7-6 at No. 4, Goswami defeated Hollabaugh 6-3, 6-2 at No. 5, and Ben Rode cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 win over Brown at No. 6.
* WSU WOMEN POST 6-1 WIN: The Weber State women's tennis team picked up its second win of the season on Friday with a 6-1 win over Colorado Mesa at the Ogden Athletic Club.
The Wildcats countered an 8-6 loss in the No. 1 doubles match, with wins at No. 2 and 3 to claim the doubles point. Ashley Tanner and Michelle Warwick downed Skyler Nelson and Kristen Wykert 8-3 at No. 2, while Carly Lloyd and Nittaya Phonharath defeated Katie Metz and Michelle Phillips 8-3 at No. 3.
In singles, Kristi Elmer cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Kaylee Davis in the No. 1 match, while Annika Karlsen also took a quick win, defeating Nicole Lessley 6-1, 6-2 to put the Wildcats up 3-0 and within a point of clinching the match win.
Tanner provided the necessary point with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Shannen McNamara in the No. 2 match, and Phonharath and Thais Kurer added the final two points for Weber State.