by Zachary Knecht
Featured Image: Photo by Weber State Athletics
Weber State Basketball Recap
The Weber State Wildcats suffer their ninth straight loss to the Montana State Bobcats at home 80-65. The ‘Cats drop to 0-5 in conference play, while the Bobcats keep knocking at the door for first with their 4-2 record in the Big Sky.
While the season hasn’t gone the way Weber State would have hoped, the ‘Cats still have a chance to be competitive and grow from the adversity.
The Wildcat offense was led by the two-headed beast of Daryn Hickok and Jadyn Matthews, both stars having double-doubles on the night. Hickok led in points with 24, and Matthews followed behind with 16. Matthews led in rebounds though, 12 to ten. Laura Taylor and Kaiija Lesane also held their ground offensively, putting up nine and eight points, respectively.
The Bobcats’ points leader was Leia Beattie and the 26 points from the bench. In only 21 minutes, the guard exploded onto the scene offensively, hitting 7-12 field goals, including 6-10 from beyond the arch. Darian White had the high points mark for the starts with 17, pairing it with eight rebounds and two assists on the night.
A lot of this game comes down to the play from the bench players from Montana State and the lack thereof from Weber State. If this battle came down to the starting five, the ‘Cats would have won 60-37, but the Bobcat bench outscored them 43-5. Beattie was unstoppable, giving Weber State the kiss of death at home.
Unfortunately, this has been a constant issue for the Wildcats this season. Their offensive roster is top-heavy, so although the starters can keep up with their competition, their options are limited outside of that.
Turnovers have continued to be a positive for the Wildcats, only giving up the ball 11 times Saturday compared to the ten of the Bobcats. The ‘Cats gave up the ball 19.8 times per contest coming into this game, but they continue to improve as the season progresses.
Jadyn Matthews and Laura Taylor were also lethal from deep, hitting 5-12 (41.7%) of their combined shots to help boost this offense.
What’s to Come
The ‘Cats will be back on the road as they will head to Portland State to face the Vikings on Thursday.
|Weber State Starters||PTS||REB||AST||FG||3PT||MIN|
|Daryn Hickok, F||24||10||2||8-19||0-1||31|
|Jadyn Matthews, F||16||12||1||6-17||2-4||35|
|Laura Taylor, G||9||3||1||3-10||3-8||26|
|Kaiija Lesane, G||8||4||3||2-7||0-2||33|
|Vicky Parra, F||3||3||3||1-4||0-1||20|
|Tamalii Fonoti, C||2||0||0||0-0||0-0||5|
|Ava Williams, G||2||6||0||1-3||0-0||18|
|Aaliyah Ellis, G||1||0||2||0-2||0-2||20|
|Amelia Raidaveta, F||0||0||0||0-0||0-0||2|
|Nakilah Johnson, G||0||0||0||0-1||0-0||3|
|Emri Lovell, G||0||0||1||0-1||0-1||6|
|Charlotte Hegvold, G||0||0||0||0-0||0-0||1|
|Montana State Starters||PTS||REB||AST||FG||3PT||MIN|
|Darian White, G||17||8||2||4-11||0-1||33|
|Katelynn, Limardo F||6||3||1||1-6||0-3||25|
|Lexi Deden, F||5||10||2||2-9||0-0||29|
|Kola Bad Bear, F||5||6||0||2-4||0-0||19|
|Madison Jackson, G||4||1||0||2-8||0-2||19|
|Leia Beattie, G||26||5||2||7-12||6-10||21|
|Marah Dykstra, F||9||5||0||2-2||1-1||11|
|Dylan Philip, G||5||0||0||2-3||1-2||8|
|Taylor Janssen, F||3||6||1||1-1||1-1||20|
|Grace Beasley, G||0||3||7||0-3||0-2||15|
|Lindsey, Hein, C||0||0||0||0-0||0-0||0|