OGDEN -- The Wildcats are home, and they are hungry.
The Weber State women's basketball team (4-7, 0-2) returns home to play at the Dee Events Center for the first time after nearly a month on the road, hosting Northern Colorado (6-6, 0-3) at noon today.
The Wildcats are coming off two close losses on their first Big Sky Conference road trip of the season.
Today's game will tip off at noon for Field Trip Day. Fans who wear purple will get free admission.
"Northern Colorado is a very good team top to bottom," Weber State coach Bethann Ord said, "(Stephanie) Lee is very good. She's a great weapon for them inside."
Weber State comes into its first conference home stand with the second-best scoring defense in the Big Sky Conference. The 'Cats give up an average of only 65.2 points per game.
One of the biggest reasons the Wildcats have such a good defensive output is their 10.2 steals per game. That total is second in the conference, led by sophomore guard Regina Okoye who leads the Big Sky in steals per game with 3.1.
"Our defense is much improved," Ord said. "Our players are taking pride in our defense and it has been fun to watch, but we still can do better, and we have to do better."
Weber State also has the highest scoring margin of any team in the Big Sky.
Offensively the Wildcats are led by Desiree Ramos who scores 13.1 points per game. Following closely behind her is senior forward Amanda Hughes who scores an average of 12.5 points per game.
"Dezz (Ramos) and Amanda (Hughes) have really been great leaders for us," Ord said. "Dezz is really doing a good job of becoming an extension of me out there on the court."
Sophomore center Jalen Carpenter is the team's leading rebounder, averaging 6.7 rebounds per game.
The Wildcats boast a 4-1 record at home this season.
Northern Colorado is led by Led, their sophomore center, the conference's leading scorer at 22.5 points per game.