An 18-point halftime deficit could not be overcome by the University of Nevada women's basketball team, falling 75-52 to in-state rival UNLV Wednesday night at Cox Pavilion in a Governor's Series contest.
Senior Emily Burns tallied a new career-high with her 17-point performance and added eight rebounds. Fellow senior Mimi Mungedi notched her fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Anna Cameron joined her senior teammates with a double-digit total of her own, grabbing 10 rebounds.
It was a rough way to end the opening half for the Wolf Pack (6-12, 2-5 MW) as the Rebels (7-12, 4-4 MW) finished the period on a 10-0 run. Burns hit her second three-point shot of the half with 3:45 to play to cut the deficit to an eight-point UNLV lead. From there, the Rebels rattled off 10 points and held Nevada scoreless for the remainder of the period to take a 40-22 lead into halftime.
Burns reached double figures in the first half, totaling 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting, including two makes from beyond the arc. As a team, the Pack compiled just 29 percent overall from the field (9-of-31), while UNLV connected on 58 percent of its shots (15-of-26) in the opening period of play.
In the second half, the Wolf Pack strung together a pair of offensive runs, the first of which began at the 16:51 mark of the period, a 7-0 spurt to cut the deficit to 18. Nevada was able to cut the disadvantage back down to 18 once more with 8:22 to play following an 8-0 run. UNLV, however, used an 8-0 run of its own from there to stretch the lead back out to 26 and maintained at least a 23-point lead for the remainder of the game.
Nevada did out-rebounded its opponent by a 47-39 margin, the 11th time the Pack has accomplished that feat this season. UNLV hit 52.6 percent of its shots for the game (30-of-57), the first time this year that the Pack has allowed the opposition to shoot above 50 percent. Nevada on the other hand, shot under 30 percent (19-of-64) in the contest.
The 23-point loss to the Rebels is tied for a season-high. Nevada is now 0-12 when trailing at the half. Head coach Jane Albright remains seven wins shy of reaching 500 for her career.
With the possibility of meeting one final time this season in the Mountain West conference tournament, no Governor's Series points have been awarded yet. If the two teams do not meet in the tournament, points will be split 1.5 to each side.
Nevada will be back at Lawlor Events Center this Saturday, Jan. 31 for a 4 p.m. conference game against visiting Wyoming.