Wolf Pack Women Lose to New Mexico
The Mountain West opener resulted in a 51-47 loss to New Mexico Wednesday night from Lawlor Events Center.
For the Nevada women’s basketball team, the Mountain West opener resulted in a 51-47 loss to New Mexico Wednesday night from Lawlor Events Center.
In a low scoring affair, junior Stephanie Schmid knocked down a few key shots and finished with a game-high 19 points. Most of the scoring for the Wolf Pack (1-11, 0-1 MW) came from Schmid as the next highest scorers were Teige Zeller, Nyasha LeSure and AJ Cephas, each with six points.
It was a slow start to the game as the first points were not scored until the 6:58 mark of the opening quarter on a three-pointer by New Mexico (8-4, 1-0 MW). It took Nevada some time to get points on the board as well, getting two from Cephas with just over three to play in the period.
The Pack endured cold shooting in the second quarter, hitting just 1-of-12 during a large chunk of that period, which helped the Lobos stretch their lead to a 10-point advantage, 21-11. A free throw by Zeller at the 1:34 mark snapped a 5:13 scoring drought for the Pack. Despite shooting just 25.9 percent in the first half, Nevada went into the locker room at halftime trailing by just six, 23-17, after senior Kelsey Kaelin knocked in an eight-footer at the buzzer.
New Mexico came out of halftime on a 6-0 run to start the third, forcing Nevada head coach Jane Albright to call a timeout under the seven minute mark. After the timeout the Wolf Pack scored the next seven points to cut it to a five-point game. Nevada was able to bring it to within two twice in the remaining minutes of the period, but UNM’s Cherise Beynon’s short jumper with eight seconds left made it a four-point New Mexico advantage heading into the final quarter.
A bit of drama ensued in the fourth as the game was in reach for both teams. With under five to play and the Pack down by three, Zeller hustled to the baseline to grab the offensive board and save the ball from going out of bounds. Zeller then rifled a pass to LeSure who quickly swung it out to Schmid who swished in the three, tying the game at 40.
After the Lobos hit a couple more shots to go back up by two, Zeller was sent to the free throw line with a chance to tie the game but made just one of her foul shots. On the ensuing UNM possession, Bryce Owens hit a three on the other end to extend the Lobos’ lead back out to four with two minutes remaining.
With just over a minute to play, Schmid collected her 19th point of the game to bring the Pack within three. Cephas then forced a turnover on defense to give the ball back to Nevada with 31.6 on the clock and a chance to tie. Schmid’s potential game-tying shot however, rung in and out of the basket, ultimately sealing the win for the Lobos.
For the game the Wolf Pack shot 32.1 percent (17-of-53) from the field and outrebounded the opposition 38-36. The Lobos connected on 38.2 percent (21-of-55) of its shots and were sent to the free throw line just eight times all together.
Nevada will take to the road for its first conference road game this Saturday at Wyoming beginning at 1 p.m. PST.