– A 14-0 run to close the ballgame lifted Colorado State over the University of Nevada women's basketball team 59-58 Wednesday night at Lawlor Events Center.
With 3:46 to play in the game, the Wolf Pack (6-9, 2-2 MW) held onto a 13-point lead over the Rams (12-4, 4-1 MW). For the remainder of that 3:46 it was all CSU as the team began to chip away at the deficit and finished the game with 14-straight points.
A deep three-point shot with 1:35 remaining by CSU's Hanne Mestdagh brought the Rams to within a single point. After a missed jumper on the other end of the floor, Colorado State rebounded to set up, what would be, the game-winning basket. With 17 ticks on the clock, CSU's leading scorer Gritt Ryder drove to the basket and floated a layup that bounced around the rim and in to give her team the 59-58 advantage.
After inbounding the ball and getting across half court, Nevada called a timeout with 14 seconds to play. With one final chance for the Pack to pull off the game-winner, sophomore Ashlee Jones heaved up a three-point shot that banked around and off the rim. The missed three-point attempt was rebounded by the Rams, ultimately sealing the come-from-behind victory.
For Nevada, the team drastically cut down on its turnover numbers from its previous game, committing just 10 against CSU. The Pack posted four players in double figures in scoring, led by senior Mimi Mungedi who finished with 12 points, the 30th game of her career in double digits. All of Mungedi's 12 points came in the second half.
Senior Aja Johnson, along with Jones and fellow sophomore Iman Lathan each tallied 10 points. Johnson added 11 rebounds to notch her third double-double of the season. Freshman Teige Zeller grabbed a career-best seven rebounds to help in the team out-rebounding the opposition by a 37-34 margin, including 13 on the offensive boards. Zeller also drained her first shot from beyond the arc in the game, giving her three points on the night.
Nevada is off this weekend with its second bye of the conference season and will return to the floor next Wednesday, Jan. 21 with a 6 p.m. PT contest at Utah State.