Sport - NCAA-Basketball
Pack Falls on the Road to Utah State 68-57
A slow second half on offense for the University of Nevada women's basketball team led to a 68-57 loss at Utah State Wednesday night.
Wednesday, January 21st 2015, 10:52 pm PST
Wednesday, January 21st 2015, 10:54 pm PST
A slow second half on offense for the University of Nevada women's basketball team led to a 68-57 loss at Utah State Wednesday night in a Mountain West contest.
After hitting the first basket of the game, the Wolf Pack (6-10, 2-3 MW) had to play catch up in the opening half following an 11-0 run by the Aggies (5-13, 2-4 MW). Midway through the period, the Nevada defense forced five consecutive Utah State turnovers and began a 9-0 run on offense to close the gap to a 17-17 tie.
With 4:38 to play in the half, junior Nyasha LeSure banged home a three-point shot to give the Pack its first lead since the 19:33 mark of the half. As time ticked away in the period, the Aggies looked as if they would take a five-point lead into the break. Streaking down the floor, junior Kelsey Kaelin hit a pull-up jumper with a few seconds on the clock to bring it to a three-point halftime deficit for Nevada, trailing 30-27.
Nevada was not able to regain the lead in the ballgame and got it as close as a two point deficit with still much of the half to be played. From there the Aggies went on a 14-5 run on offense to reach a double digit lead for the first time in the game.
Near the midpoint of the second half, Utah State was shooting nearly 70 percent from the field. USU finished the half with 50 percent on offense from the field. The Pack concluded the final five minutes of the game by outscoring its opposition 9-2, but the deficit faced was too great to overcome.
Senior Mimi Mungedi led the Wolf Pack with a game-high 18 points and fell one rebound shy of her fourth double-double of the season. Mungedi connected on 7-of-15 from the field and hit 4-of-7 from the free throw line. Kaelin set a new career-high with nine points. Senior Emily Burns returned to the lineup for the first time in eight games and posted four points, three rebounds and one steal.
For the game, the Pack shot just 39.3 percent on offense, going 1-of-8 from beyond the arc, while the Aggies hit nearly 50 percent overall. Nevada is now 0-9 on the year when scoring under 60 points.
Nevada is back at Lawlor Events Center this Saturday, Jan. 24 for a rematch against Fresno State, beginning at 4 p.m., following the All-Sport Clinic. Tickets for the game are just $7 as we continue to countdown to head coach Jane Albright's 500