Weber State vs Idaho State Women’s Recap

Weber State vs Idaho State Women’s Recap

by Zachary Knecht

Featured Image: Photo by Weber State Athletics

The struggle lingers for the Wildcats as Weber State drops yet another game on the season to the Idaho State Bengals 65-52. This offense continues to look lost, handicapping this team in seemingly every contest.

It is early in the season, but starting with an 0-3 conference record is giving the Wildcats a tall mountain to climb to stay in contention in the Big Sky.

Sputtering Offense

Despite what the score says, the ‘Cats had the lead with 7:47 left in this one, so the defense played competitively, but the offense can’t seem to find its footing. Lack of bench production plagued Weber State in their last contest, but it was the starters who couldn’t pull through Saturday.

Daryn Hickok was the shining light in this rotation with her 15-point, six-rebound performance, but the rest of the starters combined for only 17 points. Idaho State sports a tough defense, only allowing 54.6 PPG coming into the contest, so offensive struggles were expected, but the Wildcats need to find their rhythm.

The ‘Cats did shoot well from the free-throw line though, hitting 17 of 22 of their free chance. Notably, Vicky Parra put up eight points from the bench.

The Bengals’ night was quite a different tale on offense. Idaho State got no help from their bench, but the Cerberus of Laura Bello, Carsyn Boswell, and Callie Bourne carried this team on their back, Bello led the charge with 19 points, and Boswell and Bourne pieced together 18 points each. Bello and Bourne left with double-doubles with ten rebounds for the two.

Three-Point Travesty

The Wildcats couldn’t get anything going from beyond the three-point line, only hitting three of their 17 attempts (17.6%) compared to the 30.8% from their opponents. This lack of production was a major factor as to why the offense couldn’t get off the ground against the Bengals. This game was closer than the score indicates, so these empty possessions are debilitating for an already shaky offensive attack.

Rebounds, Rebounds, Rebounds

It’s seemingly talked about every game, but it’s something that continues to crush Weber State’s hopes of winning. The Bengals swooped up 47 rebounds on the night to the Wildcats’ 31, including 17 offensive rebounds. This was the difference-maker in the game. There were missed opportunities elsewhere, but these mishaps are why Weber State continues to fall. If only a couple of these rebounds are secured their way, we could be looking at a completely different game.

Saturday’s game concludes the road stretch for the Wildcats, so they will hope their home will treat them better as they face off against Montana Thursday night.

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Box Score

Weber State StartersMinutesFG3PTReboundsAssistsPoints
Daryn Hickok354-111-46015
Jadyn Matthews341-70-2727
Kaija Lesane231-60-1424
Laura Taylor301-31-3214
Emma Torbert171-40-1202
Vicky Parra154-70-0308
Nakilah Johnson20-00-0000
Emri Lovell181-41-3123
Aaliyah Ellis111-80-3205
Ava Williams152-30-0014
Idaho State StartersMinutesFG3PTReboundsAssistsPoints
Laura Bello357-180-010019
Callie Bourne376-141-310218
Carsyn Boswell394-83-53218
Finley Garnett211-60-2436
Kacey Spink230-20-0810
Halle Wright40-00-0302
Martyna Kowalska20-00-0200
Mia Flor30-00-0000
Bridee Burks70-00-0110
Cam Collman70-20-1000
Sydney Bevington10-10-0000
Sophia Covella210-30-2002

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