Late run pushes Weber State past Texas Southern in WBI first round

Thursday , March 15, 2018 - 9:06 PM

Weber State women’s basketball used a big run late claim a 66-56 win over Texas Southern in the first round of Women’s Basketball Invitational on Thursday night at the Health & PE Arena in Houston, Texas.

The Wildcats (21-10) trailed 52-48 with 7:24 to play when the offense picked up and defense locked down to put together an 18-4 run that put the Tigers (19-13) away.

Four Wildcats scored in the 18-4 run and combined to shoot 7 of 11 from the field, while the Tigers went 0 for 6 in the same stretch and committed four turnovers.

Before the run, neither team led by more than seven points.

Senior guard Larryn Brooks scored a team-high 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field and 8 of 13 from 3-point range, scoring 20 in the first half.

Junior guard Emily Drake was the only other Wildcat to score in double figures with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting, including two triples.

Turnovers and missed shots had the Wildcats playing from behind for most of the first half, but then Brooks found her stroke.

After WSU trailed by as many as seven with 6:30 to play in the second, Brooks scored 11 points, including three consecutive triples, in a 13-3 run to build a 36-31 advantage at halftime.

The lead didn’t last long. Weber State missed open looks and the Tigers capitalized with a 12-2 run, retaking the lead at 43-40 with five minutes to play in the third.

Weber State kept within striking distance, trailing 52-48 at the end of three quarters to set up its fourth-quarter run to win the game.

The Wildcats advance to the WBI quarterfinals and will travel to face Central Arkansas at 6 p.m. MDT Monday, March 19.

Contact sports reporter Brandon Garside at bgarside@standard.net, on Twitter @BrandonGarside and on Facebook.com/BrandonGarsideSE.

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