SDSU Ends the Nevada Women's Basketball Teams Season
The No. 10 seeded University of Nevada women's basketball team suffered a 70-48 loss to the No. 7 seed San Diego State Monday evening in the opening round of the 2015 Mountain West Women's Basketball Championships.
Playing in her final game with Nevada, senior Mimi Mungedi collected a game-high 23 points and tied her career-high of seven blocked shots. Fellow senior Emily Burns tied a career-best with seven assists, as did sophomore Ashlee Jones with five helpers. As a team, the Pack shot 48.6 percent (18-of-37) on offense.
It was a slow start out of the gate for the Wolf Pack (9-21, 5-13 MW) as the Aztecs (12-18, 8-10 MW) jumped out to an early 7-2 lead. A layup inside by junior Julia Shelbourn on a quick pass from Jones midway through the opening half gave Nevada its first lead of the game, an 11-9 advantage.
After the Shelbourn layup, however, SDSU scored seven unanswered points, forcing coach Jane Albright to call a timeout. A steal and breakaway layup by junior Kelsey Kaelin with 7:40 to play in the half stopped a 9-0 run by the Aztecs and started a bit of a scoring burst for the Pack.
Down nine with under seven remaining in the first half, Nevada hit its next three field goal attempts and got two free throws from senior Anna Cameron to put some pressure on its opponent. As the clock ticked to under a minute, a three-pointer from junior forward Nyasha LeSure brought the Pack within one, trailing 29-28. On the other end of the floor, however, a successful shot from downtown by Desi Culberson sent SDSU into halftime ahead 32-28.
The Wolf Pack produced its best shooting half of the season in the opening period, hitting 55 percent (11-of-20) of its field goal attempts. San Diego State connected on 41.9 percent but took 11 more shot attempts on offense (13-of-31). Mungedi posted 15 points in the first half and recorded six blocked shots.
Nevada began the second half with four straight points and a wide open layup by Mungedi tied the game at 32-32. Points were at a premium in the second half though and a pair of free throws by Cheyenne Greenhouse with 7:21 to play gave SDSU its largest lead of the game to that point, 49-37.
Following the two foul shots, another layup by Mungedi put an end to a three minute scoring drought for Nevada. As the game continued on, time was working against the Wolf Pack and costly turnovers hindered a chance to get a flow going on offense. With five minutes to play, the Aztecs entered the bonus and McKynzie Fort went to the foul line and hit both free throws, giving her team a 13-point lead, a margin too great for the Pack to overcome over the last few minutes of the game.