SEATTLE -- Weber State is in the "Emerald City" Sunday to play against Seattle University. The Wildcats have lost their first two games this season and are looking to get a win on the road.
What the Wildcats have been lacking on offense, they have made it up on defense.
"We've played some terrific defense for the most part," said Head Coach Randy Rahe.
Weber State's defense has been physical. Last game against UCSB Kyle Bullinger fouled out and four other Wildcat players had four fouls.
With the tough physical defense the Wildcats were able to hold UCSB to just 35 percent shooting from the field. Unfortunately the Wildcats aren't shooting any better, just averaging 31 percent from the field the whole season.
"We've taken care of the ball and rebounded, but we just can't put it into the hole right now," said Rahe, who is confident once the season gets going and the nerves settle the shooting will follow. "We just need to keep doing all the other things well and the shooting will take care of itself."
The Redhawks are going to be another tough team for the Wildcats. They are coming off a huge win against Fresno State and will be looking to capitalize on the momentum. Coach Rahe said, "They beat a pretty good Fresno State team at home on Thursday, so that says something about their team."
The Wildcats will have to continue to play tough defense in order to stay in this game against a bigger Redhawk team.
"They are big, athletic and like to get up and down the floor," said Rahe, knowing that his big men will have a challenge ahead of them.
The Redhawks' standout player is Charles Garcia, a transfer from Riverside Junior College making a name for himself at Seattle University. Speaking of Garcia, Coach Rahe said, "Charles Garcia isn't a house hold name but he will be. He's a great player and creates a difficult match up for us on our defensive end."
Garcia who has been averaging 23 points and 9 rebounds a game will definitely be creating a difficult match up for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats may be able to take advantage of the lack of defense shown by the Redhawks. In their three games thus far, the Redhawks have allowed their opponents to outscore them by a ratio of 12 points, where as the Wildcats only have only been outscored by seven points.
If the Wildcats can make their shots and continue playing the tough defense, it will be a great game.
Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.