OGDEN -- No journey ever starts at its destination, but this group of Wildcats is on the right path. OGDEN -- No journey ever starts at its destination, but this group of Wildcats is on the right path.
The Weber State University women's basketball team, utilizing crisp offensive execution and fundamental team defense, captured its third consecutive win on a frosty Saturday afternoon at the Dee Events Center
"One of the things we've been struggling with early on was creating shots, but we're starting to find each other," said senior guard Sara Tuomi, who dropped in a game-high 18 points in the Wildcats' 61-50 victory over Colorado State. "We are working on getting better each game. CT has always stressed how important it is for us to work hard on the defensive end, and I think we are starting to buy in to that."
About the only thing that prevented Saturday's contest from turn into a complete wipeout for the Wildcats was the fact that they didn't take advantage of the quality shots they created, hitting just 20-of-54 (37.0 percent) from the field.
"When we focus on shooting the ball just to get a shot off we don't do very well, but we are successful if we are shooting the ball to score," Weber State coach Carla Taylor said. "I like that we're sharing the ball and creating good shots and good looks at the basket, we just need to make sure we are making the baskets."
The quality of Weber State's execution on both ends of the court looked by all accounts to be the result of having a full week of practice time instead of having to focus solely on game preparation. During the early part of the Wildcats' schedule, the team played five games in 13 days in three different states.
"Five of the six teams we played pressed us and so we kind of had to learn some things the hard way," Taylor said. "I thought our guards did a good job of taking care of the ball and not panicking."
Weber State had just nine turnovers, going more than 161/2 minutes without a single miscue, while forcing Colorado State into 19 through the course of the game and holding the Rams 14 points below their season-scoring average. . The Wildcats had just three turnovers in the second half.
"The thing I am most proud of with this group has been their commitment on the defensive end," Taylor said. "They have worked hard. Whatever defensive scheme we have come up with, the players have gone out and focused on that."
Senior center Tashina Taylor added 12 points for the Wildcats, with sophomore guard Ali Thorderson notched 10.
Weber State improved to 4-3 heading into an instate matchup on Wednesday with BYU (4-5). The Rams dropped to 2-8 and remain winless away from Moby Arena.