by Zachary Knecht
Featured Image: Photo by Robert Casey of Weber State Athletics
Weber State Basketball Preview
After a rough loss, the Weber State Wildcats look to snap their eight-game losing streak at home against the Montana State Bobcats. The ‘Cats will need to be up to the challenge as the Bobcats are one of the more impressive teams in the Big Sky conference.
A win for Weber State would be their first in conference play this season and would start to get this team on the right track.
The Weber State offense has continued to struggle despite playing a competitive game Thursday, and this will need to change if they want to keep up with the Bobcats. The Wildcat offense has officially slipped below the 60-point mark per game with 59.9 PPG, ranking ninth out of ten in the Big Sky. Montana State will come into play as the fifth-ranked offense in the conference with 68.4 PPG.
This Weber State offense looked to find more of a rhythm in their previous contest, and they hope to keep figuring it out at home against a vicious opponent. Daryn Hickok and Jadyn Matthews continue to be the 1-2 punch of this offense, averaging 16.9 and 13.3 PPG, respectively. Laura Taylor and Emma Torbert have also been solid in their roles with their eight PPG each.
The defenses of these two teams are more comparable than the other side of the ball, with Weber State allowing 67.4 PPF and the Bobcats allowing 64.4 PPG. The home-court advantage will benefit the Wildcats in their effort, but they will have their hands full with the number of scorers on the opposition.
Darian White comes in as the team leader in points with 11.2 PPG, but she is the only Bobcat averaging in the double digits. This is because of the depth Montana State has on its roster where anyone can score. Other than White, six other Bobcat players have averaged at least five points on the season, which means that any player on this roster can take over.
The Wildcats did a better job with Ball Security in their previous contest, only coughing up the ball 14 times on the night. They will need this trend to carry over to stand a chance in a game if they are outmatched.
Despite the previous performance, the ‘Cats give up 19.8 turnovers per game compared to the 14.1 of the Bobcats. This doesn’t bode well for Weber State, especially accounting for the fact that Montana State forces 18.5 turnovers per game. Be safe with the ball.
The Wildcats will await the Bobcats at the Dee Events Center at 1 pm MST as they look to get their first win in conference play.