Trailing at halftime, the Nevada women’s basketball team outscored Air Force 34-19 in the second half to earn a 68-57 Mountain West win Saturday afternoon, the first league win of the season.

Saturday’s victory is the 498’s of head coach Jane Albright’s career, needing just two more to reach 500. The Wolf Pack (2-13, 1-3 MW) got a combined 28 points from sophomores Halie Bergman and Teige Zeller, each with new career-highs of 14 points. Bergman posted seven points in each half and went 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. For Zeller, she has scored in double figures in three straight and has established a career-high in each of those three.

Down by five in the opening quarter, the Pack finished the period on a 10-2 run to take the first quarter lead 19-16. The second quarter belonged to the Falcons (0-14, 0-3 MW) after they scored nine straight points to stake a 10-point lead, 38-28, with two to play. From there however, the final minute of the period went in favor of the Wolf Pack. Three different players scored for Nevada as it was able to cut the halftime deficit to just four.

A much different Nevada team came out for the third as the defense held its opponent to just three points six minutes into the quarter. On the other side of the ball, the offense used 12 points to end the period to stake a four-point lead as the final quarter approached. Freshman Léa Favre grabbed an offensive board and added the put back as the buzzer sounded to end the third.

As the team’s had traded winning each of the three quarters, the game would come down to who would win the fourth. The final quarter was dominated by the Wolf Pack as it scored the first 13 points of the period. A layup inside that rattled around and in for Bergman put Nevada ahead by 10, 57-47, its first double digit lead of the game. The Pack maintained a double digit lead for the remainder of the contest.

For the game Nevada shot 45.8 percent (27-of-59), its second game in a row above 45 percent. The Wolf Pack defense forced the opposition into 20 turnovers and won the turnover battle for the third time this season. Senior Nyasha LeSure also posted points in double figures, collecting 10 to mark her 10th game in double figures this season.

Nevada embarks on a road trip to Boise, Idaho for a league contest against Boise State next Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. PST.

Nevada Press Release