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Women's basketball to play two games this week

The Weber State University women’s basketball team will be in action on Thursday night when it hosts the University of North Dakota. WSU is still in search of its first win of the season.

The Wildcats’ last game was against the first-place University of Montana. WSU kept the game close, narrowly losing to the top team in the Big Sky. It was strong defense that kept WSU in the game against the Grizzlies. WSU’s defense kept UM to a 27-percent shooting average from the field. The score was tied with less than two minutes remaining before UM was able to pull away.

Earlier this year, UND beat WSU in North Dakota. The Wildcats were badly beaten in Grand Forks, falling 73-49. That game was the first time the two teams had ever met.

UND will come into the game with a 3-7 record in conference play, and currently sits in a tie for ninth place in the conference.

This season, forward Madi Buck has led UND. She has averaged 11 points per game, the 15th-best average in the Big Sky Conference.

After the game against UND, the Wildcats will remain at home and take on the University of Northern Colorado on Saturday. The Bears started this week with a 6-3 conference record and a 9-9 record overall. UNC is currently fourth in the conference — a game and a half behind first-place UM.

D’Shara Strange, who is averaging 13 points per game, has led the Bears. She is also the team’s top rebounder, averaging 6.7 rebounds a game.

In the Wildcats’ last game against UM, Jalen Carpenter turned in a strong performance and finished the game with a double-double. Carpenter is the team’s leading scorer, with nine points per game.

WSU is 0-10 on the year and is in 11th place in the Big Sky Conference.

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