FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The Weber State women's basketball team hung tough Sunday afternoon before falling to the Colorado State Rams, 59-54.
Senior forward Amanda Hughes spurred a late run to keep the Wildcats close late in the game after the Rams had pulled away on the strength of their 3-point shooting. Junior guard Gritt Ryder made a couple of big 3-pointers when the Wildcats looked poised to take a late lead.
Weber State led the game at halftime, 24-22, but the Rams came out of the locker room shooting early and often to open the second half.
The 'Cats led 34-30 five minutes into the second half before Colorado State went on a 10-0 run over the next six minutes to take control of the game.
It was a physical, defensive battle that featured 35 turnovers. The Wildcats turned it over 16 times to the Rams' 19.
Neither team shot well in the hard-fought game, the Wildcats shooting 32.7 percent while the Rams shot 33.3 percent from the floor.
Sophomores Jalen Carpenter, Regina Okoye and Dezz Ramos each scored eight points while freshman guard Deeshyra Thomas (coming off a nasty eye-injury) added seven points.
Weber State won the battle down low, outscoring Colorado State in the paint, 20-14. The Cats also took advantage of their improved transition game, scoring 10 fast-break points to the Rams' two. However, the Wildcats didn't take as much of an advantage as they would have liked of the Rams' 19 turnovers, scoring only 12 points off those turnovers to Colorado State's 13.
Junior Zakiyyah Shahid-Martin led the Cats with nine rebounds and tied Ram Sam Martin for the game-high in rebounds.
Weber State will again take a significant amount of time off during this holiday season before opening up conference play at Eastern Washington on January 2. The Wildcats will return home on Jan. 9 for a matchup with Northern Colorado.