Pack Women Beat U.N.L.V. for First Time in 7 Years
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For the first time in seven years, the University of Nevada women's basketball team knocked off in-state rival UNLV, 71-62, Wednesday night at Lawlor Events Center.
Aside from securing at least 1.5 points towards the Governor's Series, a historic feat was witnessed by all in the beginning of the second half. Senior center Mimi Mungedi collected the 122nd blocked shot of her Wolf Pack career, brea...king the all-time record, previously set by Katie Golomb. She finished the game by tying her single-game, season-high with five blocks.
Fellow senior Aja Johnson had a career-game as well, posting a new career-best of 18 points and added 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the year. Junior Nyasha LeSure also finished the game in double figures with 11 points.
It was a wild opening half with a total of 23 fouls, and two technical fouls, whistled against the two teams. Nevada (6-7, 2-0 MW) used its hot three-point shooting as a huge offensive weapon in the half, connecting on 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, while UNLV (4-9, 1-1 MW) went a cold 0-for-4. LeSure drained a career-high three shots from long range and three-point specialist Ashlee Jones hit for two more.
On the Rebels end, they were able to keep pace with the Wolf Pack by hitting 13-of-16 shots at the foul line, where Nevada shot just 50 percent in the half. The Pack did not trail in the first half, shooting 43.8 percent from the floor to take a 38-33 lead into halftime.
UNLV played the Pack much tighter in the second half, keeping its deficit to single digits for most of the half. Nevada, however, was able to maintain the lead and never trailed in the game. The closest the Rebels would get was a one-point disadvantage, 44-43, with still much of the second half to be played.
Nevada began to compile a bit of breathing room with about five minutes to play, driving down the floor on a 6-0 run, with all six points coming in the paint. A huge plus for the Pack in the second half was its play from the free throw line. Nevada shot 75 percent from the charity stripe in that half.
Total in the game, the Pack held the Rebels to just 28.6 percent from the floor and 0-of-12 from beyond the arc.
With tonight's win, head coach Jane Albright is just seven wins shy of reaching 500 career wins.
Nevada heads to Fresno State this Saturday to continue Mountain West action with tip-off slated for 2 p.m.