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Salukis outplay Wildcats

The Weber State women's basketball team began the 2005-06 season with a 55-48 loss at Southern Illinois Saturday night, in the season opener for both teams. It was just the second season-opening loss for the Wildcats in the last six years.

The Salukis of Southern Illinois led by one point at halftime but took over in the second half and led the entire period. The Wildcats committed 23 turnovers in the game, which is more than any game last season.

Weber State was led by sophomore Tashina Taylor, who had her first career start and scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds. Taylor shot 8-9 from the field.

Sophomore Sara Tuomi also started and had eight points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Freshman Jenna Griffitts started the first game of her career and scored eight points.

The Wildcats shot 43 percent from the field and held Southern Illinois to just 35 percent, but the turnovers cost the 'Cats. Weber State also shot just 2-16 from three-point land.

The Wildcats will continue their season-opening road trip at Saint Louis Monday night. The home opener will be Friday against Air Force.