The University of Nevada women's basketball team suffered a 77-54 loss Wednesday night to Wyoming in Mountain West action.
The Wolf Pack (7-17, 3-10 MW) ran into lights out shooting by the Cowgirls (13-11, 8-6 MW) from the three-point line in the opening half. Wyoming senior Kayla Woodward knocked down a perfect 6-of-6 from beyond the arc, including four in the first seven minutes of the game. As a team, the Cowgirls shot 70 percent from long range in the half. Woodward finished the half with 20 points, and had a game-high 26 when the final buzzer sounded.
A free throw by Wyoming's Jordan Kelley with 9:35 left in the half gave the Cowgirls a 24-8 lead, one of their largest of the period. A 6-0 run by Nevada cut the deficit to 10, but Wyoming was able to keep up its offensive pace for the remainder of the half to take a 14-point lead into halftime.
Wyoming shot a high percentage on offense in the second half as well, posting above 50 percent in each half and 52.8 percent for the game. The Cowgirls finished the ballgame with an 11-of-16 night from beyond the arc, while Nevada hit just 2-of-4.
Nevada did outscore its opponent 26-7 from the bench, led by junior Nyasha LeSure, who was the only Pack player to score in double figures, totaling 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting. In her first career start, freshman Teige Zeller posted eight points, five rebounds, two blocks and an assist in a career-high 24 minutes played. The Wolf Pack produced a season-low 10 turnovers and led the points off turnover battle, turning nine Wyoming turnovers into 15 points.
Nevada returns to Lawlor Events Center this Saturday, Feb. 21 as it hosts Boise State at 4 p.m. for its annual Play 4Kay pink game.