Weber State women’s basketball hangs on for first win, topping Nevada 57-55
Weber State women’s basketball made just enough buckets down the stretch Wednesday night to overcome missing four free throws in the final 11 seconds and the Wildcats held on to defeat Nevada 57-55 at the Dee Events Center — the team’s first win of the season and first for head coach Jenteal Jackson.
Leading by two with two minutes left in the team’s first home game this season, WSU guard Kaiija Lesane grabbed one of her six rebounds and kicked her offensive board to forward Daryn Hickok, who knocked down a 3-pointer for a 55-48 lead with 1:49 left.
Hickok — who led Weber State (1-7) with 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists — scored the team’s final points with a pull-up elbow jumper, making it 57-51 with 57 seconds remaining.
Nevada’s Kaylee Borden put in a 3-pointer with 21 seconds left for the 57-55 margin but the Wolf Pack could not make the Wildcats pay for the ensuing missed free throws.
Weber State had seven different players make a field goal in the first quarter for a 16-12 lead and outscored Nevada 20-17 in the third, which proved to make a crucial margin at 46-40.
Jadyn Matthews totaled nine points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks to help WSU. Sophomore post Amelia Raidaveta added eight points and six rebounds, and Lesane, Kendra Parra and Laura Taylor each scored six points. Ashton Adamson added eight rebounds.
Parra and Taylor each made two 3-pointers as WSU outshot Nevada 6-2 from behind the arc.
Weber State next travels to face Utah Tech on Saturday, then returns home for a matchup Tuesday, Dec. 12, against Westminster.