The Wildcats grabbed the first four points of the night before Moreland knocked down a jumper from the top of the key to put the T-Birds on the board. Amanda Hughes hit her first two tries from 3-point range to extend the WSU advantage to 9-2 early on, but Hailey Mandelko and Andrea Jones connected on back-to-back triples to spark an 8-0 run that gave the lead back to Southern Utah.
The Thunderbirds went to work in the post for scores from Lori Parkinson and Brenna Gates before Jones and Maylinn Smith added two more from baskets the outside. A pair of free throws for Moreland and another layup for Gates made it a 23-2 run that took over seven minutes and had SUU up 28-14.
Weber State freshman Deeshyra Thomas knocked down a jumper to break up the streak and the visitors went on to tally seven straight points to cut the deficit in half. Scores from Moreland and Jones had the Thunderbird lead at 12, but the Wildcats closed the half with a 6-0 run to trail 33-27 at the break.
Southern Utah went 5-12 from the 3-point line to start the game and held a 22-21 rebounding edge. Weber State hit 7-12 at the foul line early on and put up six fast break points in the first half.
The Thunderbirds racked up five quick points to start the second half to push the margin back to 11. Marquelle Funk opened the period with a 3-pointe basket and Parkinson followed up with a lay-in to set the count at 38-27.
The lead grew to 15 on a three for Ashleigh Munns, but Elizabeth Mounier sank three straight from the outside and Thomas added a score down low to pull the Wildcats back within a score of 52-45.
Desiree Jackson dropped in a layup for the T-Birds to make the score 59-49 just past the midpoint of the final period, but Weber State hung around and a 3-pointer by Desiree Ramos made it a seven-point game at 67-60 with 2:41 remaining.
Southern Utah took care of things at the foul line in the closing moments to hold off the Wildcats for the 76-64 win.
Jones chipped in another 13 points for the Thunderbirds and handed out eight assists. Parkinson finished with 12 points and seven rebounds for SUU and Desiree Jackson scored 10 points. Hughes led the Wildcats with 17 points while Ramos and Mounier added totals of 15 and 11 respectively.
Southern Utah shot over 46 percent from the 3-point line as well as overall from the field. The T-Birds outrebounded WSU 40-33, which recorded a 38.6 percent shooting mark. SUU also held a 26-19 advantage in bench scoring and a 34-20 lead in points in the paint.
The Thunderbirds are back at home this Saturday afternoon to host the Idaho State Bengals at 2:00 p.m. Coverage of the game is available online at www.suutbirds.com.