Nevada Women Lose to Washington State
A slow opening half for the Nevada women’s basketball team proved to be the difference maker in a 70-57 loss to Washington State .
A slow opening half for the Nevada women’s basketball team proved to be the difference maker in a 70-57 loss to Washington State as it opened the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic Friday night.
Senior Nyasha LeSure scored in double figures (18) for a second straight game and added 10 rebounds to notch her first double-double of the season. Redshirt freshman AJ Cephas also posted double digits in points, finishing with a career-best 16 and brought in seven boards. Freshman Riana Everidge nearly collected her first double digit scoring night, posting nine points.
Turnovers were the story for the Wolf Pack (0-3) in the first two quarters, turning the ball over 18 times to the Cougars’ (3-0) four. WSU was able to convert those turnovers into 15 of its 36 first half points. The other story of the opening half was foul trouble as starting point guard Kelsey Kaelin accumulated three personal fouls in the first two minutes of the game.
After starting the ball game down 10, the Pack clawed its way back to just a four-point deficit at the end of the first quarter, trailing 19-15. In the second quarter however, the Cougars used a pair of 7-0 runs to outscore the Wolf Pack 17-6 and took a 15-point lead into halftime.
It was a much different Nevada team that came out of the locker room for the second half. In the third quarter, the Pack turned the ball over just three times and won the period, 24-18, trailing by just nine as the final quarter got underway.
The beginning minutes of the fourth quarter were all Cougars as they stretched their lead back out to double figures (16). The Wolf Pack began to chip away at that lead, getting to the free throw line but the deficit was too great to overcome with just a few minutes remaining.
For the game, Nevada shot 43.8 percent (21-of-48) from the field, its best shooting percentage through its first three games. The Pack also outrebounded its opponent for a second consecutive game and recorded its highest scoring contest thus far.
Nevada will conclude its stay at the Rainbow Wahine Classic this Sunday with a 4:30 p.m. PST contest against Loyola Marymount.