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Women’s basketball player Jadyn Matthews earns Big Sky Player of the Week

Jadyn Matthews (5) dribbling the ball against an opposing team member.

Senior Jadyn Matthews has emerged as a key player for Weber State University’s women’s basketball team, earning her first Big Sky Player of the Week this season. This recognition follows her outstanding performance in recent conference victories against both Sacramento State and Portland State.

In a remarkable display of skill, Matthews, a seasoned player with 128 career games at Weber State, has contributed significantly to the team’s success. Scoring an impressive 47 points throughout the week, she averaged 23.5 points per game with a commendable shooting accuracy of 55%. Notably, Matthews reached a career high of 30 points in the triumph over Sacramento State, showcasing her impact on the court.

Beyond her scoring success, Matthews demonstrated versatility by excelling in various aspects of the game. With 16 rebounds, 10 assists and three steals, she exhibited a well-rounded skill set. Her performance included making 11 of 14 free throws, highlighting her composure in high-pressure situations.

This recent performance builds on Matthews’ season statistics. She has scored in double figures nine times, holding the second spot in the team scoring at 11.5 points per game. Leading in rebounding and ranking second in assists, Matthews plays a crucial role in the team dynamics.

Beyond her most recent victories, Matthews has etched her name in the record books, currently ranking fourth in career rebounding and 13th in career scoring, solidifying her impact on WSU’s legacy.

Following the team’s second conference win, the Wildcats are set for a challenging road game against the Eastern Washington Eagles on Jan. 18. The team, propelled by Matthews’ contribution, aims to sustain their momentum by capitalizing on recent successes.

In a standout team performance against the Portland State Vikings, the Weber State women’s basketball team secured a resounding 89–53 victory. Early momentum was established with key contributions from players like Amelia Raidaveta and Kendra Parra.

The first quarter showcased Weber State’s dominance with a nine-point run leading to a commanding 24–11 lead. The team continued this way into the second quarter, led by Matthews with 10 points, resulting in a halftime score of 40–22.

Entering the third quarter, the Wildcats extended their lead with a remarkable 30 points. WSU’s formidable defense stopped any comeback attempts by the Vikings, securing a substantial 70–36 lead heading into the final frame.

Despite the Vikings’ efforts Weber State maintained composure, securing a resounding 89–53 victory. Coach Jenteal Jackson praised the team’s patience and offensive strategy, emphasizing the significance of these wins as confidence boosters.

The game witnessed individual top performances, including a new school record of 64.3% shooting from the field. This victory marked the largest margin over a Big Sky opponent since 2001 for the Wildcats.

Weber State is looking ahead to their next challenge against Eastern Washington on Jan. 18 in Cheney, Washington. This game presents an opportunity for the Wildcats to further solidify their standing in the conference.

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