Senior Nyasha LeSure posted a career-high 20-point outing as the Nevada women’s basketball team dropped a 66-53 home contest to Montana State.
LeSure, whose 20 points were also a game-high, topped her previous career-best by two points. The Sparks native connected on 8-of-14 for the game, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. She added six rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal to her afternoon as well.
A slow start to the third quarter proved to be the Wolf Pack (0-2)’s demise as the Bobcats (2-0) began the period with 11 unanswered points. A three-point shot by junior Ashlee Jones got the Pack back on the board, but the team was still outdone in the quarter, 19-9.
Nevada did outscore its opposition in two of the four quarters, but the deficits in the other two periods were too great to overcome. Montana State led by as many as 20 in the game but the Pack defense held the Bobcats to 15 percent less shooting during the second half.
Despite the loss, many aspects of the game were improved for the Pack from its season opener including field goal percentage, three-point percentage, rebounding, assists and steals. Sophomore Teige Zeller was the only Pack player to reach double digits in rebounds, adding a career-high 10.
Nevada embarks on its first road trip of the season as it heads to Honolulu, Hawaii for the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic. The Wolf Pack will face Washington State on Friday and Loyola Marymount next Sunday.