Playing in its third consecutive game at Lawlor Events Center, the University of Nevada women's basketball team dropped a 64-53 decision to visiting Pacific Tuesday night.
The theme of the night for both teams was turnovers, as the Tigers (4-2) and Wolf Pack (2-5) combined for 47 turnovers in the game. Nevada set a season-high with 28, which led to 20 points for Pacific on the other end of the floor.
Despite the turnover numbers, Nevada ouout reboundedts opposition and shot a higher field goal percentage, hitting 41.7 percent of its shots. Senior Mimi Mungedi was dominant, scoring a game-high 21 points and collecting 15 rebounds, one shy of her career-best. It marked the fifth double-double of her career. The 6-8 center connected on 9-of-13 from the field and posted two blocked shots, which gives her sole possession of fourth all-time at Nevada.
Nevada's only lead of the night came with 12:26 to play in the opening half when sophomore Ashlee Jones knocked down her first three-pointer of the game, giving the Pack an 11-10 advantage. After a Mungedi layup in the paint made it a 13-10 Pack lead, the Tigers went on a 9-0 run to regain the lead and used that run to build a 33-25 advantage at halftime.
In the second half, it was the Wolf Pack that outworked the Tigers with more points off turnovers that helped the team chip away at the deficit. With under five to play, Nevada was able to cut the Tigers lead to 51-46 after senior Aja Johnson netted one of her three makes from the free throw line. A made three-point shot by Erin Butler on the next Pacific possession, however, stretched the lead back out to eight.
Another made foul shot, this time by Mungedi, with 47 seconds remaining, once again pulled the Pack to within five of the Tigers. Yet running out of time, Nevada had no choice but to send Pacific to the free throw line in hopes of quickly regaining possession. In six trips to the charity stripe with under 47 seconds to play, Pacific sunk all six shots to preserve the win.
Senior Emily Burns also reached double digits in scoring with 10 points and collected two blocks, moving her into eighth all-time. Pacific was led by Kendall Kenyon, who connected on 10-of-15 from the field to total a team-high 20 points.
Nevada will head to Phoenix, Ariz. this Sunday for a 1 p.m. PST road contest at Grand Canyon.