Weber State women’s basketball adds prized recruit, loses season-opener at Boise State | News, Sports, Jobs

Robert Casey, Weber State Athletics

The Weber State women’s basketball players fold their arms before a game against Pacific Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at the Dee Events Center in Ogden.

Weber State women’s basketball announced the signing of two players during the early signing phase Thursday and lost its season opener at Boise State on Sunday.

The Wildcats and fifth-year coach Velaida Harris announced the signing of 5-foot-8-point guard Cheyanne Kemp of Morrilton, Arkansas. The prolific goalscorer had several power schools recruiting her. She averaged 14.5 points per game as a freshman and 18 points as a sophomore, including 30 and 25 points in her team’s state quarterfinals and semifinals that season.

“When I went to the visit it was like my second home; The team, the atmosphere, the scenery, the people, everything at Weber was like a dream school for me,” Kemp said in a statement from the school.

WSU also signed 6-foot-1 forward Taylor Smith from Pocatello, Idaho, a player who can handle the ball and help start the transition. In his junior year, she averaged 10.1 points and 3.3 rebounds in 20 recorded games on MaxPreps.

Smith is the daughter of Idaho State Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Courtnie Smith.

“I chose Weber State because I love the system and the support the coaching staff gives their players on and off the field,” Taylor Smith said in the statement. “Also being able to be successful with players and coaches who feel like family.”

State of BOISE 63, State of Weber 52

Two days after losing to Big Sky opponents in east Washington, Boise State (2-1) returned to victory with a win over cold-shooting Weber State in Sunday’s Wildcats season opener.

Jadyn Matthews totaled 15 points and 11 rebounds for Weber State, shooting 5 of 14 from the field.

Laura Taylor scored 10 points and knocked down all three of WSU’s 3-pointers, including a stepback trey that cut Boise’s lead to 30-28 in the third quarter. But the Broncos ended the quarter on a 14-3 run and never looked back.

Taylor shot 3 of 8 from the field. The rest of the Wildcats shot 5 of 26 (19.2%) that day, including 0 of 10 from players off the bench.

Daryn Hickok added 12 points. Ava Williams added eight points. The WSU had to do without the usual starter Emma Torbert due to injury.

Next up is Weber State in Omaha on Wednesday before their home game against Utah Valley on Saturday, November 19th.


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