Weber Weekly Word: Wildcats ready for Big Sky Tournament

Weber Weekly Word: Wildcats ready for Big Sky Tournament

by Brayden Evensen

After splitting a pair of home games, the Weber State men’s basketball team prepared for their final road trip of the regular season, starting with a rematch with Portland State. The Wildcats beat Portland State 80-69 on December 4, 2021. The Wildcats found this game to be more difficult than the first time, and despite a competitive first half, they found themselves down 34-31 at halftime. In the second half, both offenses turned things up, but the Wildcats struggled to close out the game and ended up falling by a final score of 75-81. Despite the close loss, Koby McEwen led the Wildcats with 24 points and Seikou Sisoho Jawara and Zahi Porter added 18 and 11 points, respectively.

“We needed those two possessions,” Coach Randy Rahe said. “We just didn’t execute.”

After struggling in a road loss to Portland State, the Weber State Men’s basketball team was looking to rebound with their final road game of the regular season, a rematch with Northern Arizona on February 26, 2022. The Wildcats beat Northern Arizona 67-44 on December 2, 2021.

The Wildcats played a pretty good first half and found themselves leading Northern Arizona 35-27 at halftime. The second half was a reversal of sorts for the Wildcats. They kept their foot on the gas and never let up. In the end, the Wildcats cruised to the double digit victory over Northern Arizona by a final score of 73-49. In the well deserved victory, Koby McEwen led the Wildcats with 20 points and Dillon Jones added 17 points. With the victory, the Wildcats improved their overall record to 20-10 and 13-6 in the Big Sky Conference.

“We had good energy today,” Coach Rahe said. “You can make excuses when you lose a tough game and have to get up at five in the morning. We’re not into excuses and I thought our guys responded really well. They came out with a lot of juice and played well. I challenged them to be who we are and play good basketball on both ends. I thought we did that really well tonight.”

The regular season is winding down for the Wildcats and they have their last home game today against Southern Utah. The Wildcats are looking to finish out the regular season strong and prepare for the Big Sky Conference Tournament, which will take place from March 10-12 in Boise, Idaho.

Weber State Women’s Hoops

​After another heartbreaking loss, the Weber State Women’s basketball team was looking to rebound with their final homestand of the regular season.

The Wildcats hosted Portland State in a rematch on February 23, 2022. The Wildcats beat Portland State 85-57 on December 4, 2021. The Wildcats took control of this game in the second quarter, out-scoring Portland State 21-12. They were able to hold on for the victory by a final score of 73-65. With the victory, Daryn Hickok led the Wildcats with 18 points and Kori Pentzer and Emma Torbert added 15 and 13 points, respectively.

The Wildcats hosted Northern Arizona in a rematch on February 26, 2022. The Wildcats lost to Northern Arizona 83-79 on December 2, 2021. The Wildcats fell behind early 20-6, and were forced to play catch up the rest of the way. The slow start proved to doom the Wildcats, as they ended up falling to Northern Arizona by a final score of 89-77. Despite the loss, Daryn Hickok led the Wildcats with 26 points and Kori Pentzer added 19 points of her own. With the loss, the Wildcats overall record dropped to 10-18 and 6-13 in the Big Sky Conference.

The regular season is winding down for the Wildcats, and they will play their final road game at Southern Utah on Friday, March 4, 2022. The Wildcats are looking to close out the regular season on a high note and be ready for the Big Sky Conference Tournament, which will take place from March 7-11 in Boise, Idaho.

Featured image courtesy Robert Casey, Weber State Athletics

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