The Nevada women’s basketball team was able to turn a 17-point deficit into a four-point game in the fourth quarter but it was not enough to overtake Utah State, falling 70-55.
The Wolf Pack (5-21, 4-11 MW) posted three in double figures, led by junior Stephanie Schmid and sophomore Teige Zeller who each had 13 points. Zeller nearly recorded her second double-double in three games as she grabbed nine rebounds. Sophomore Halie Bergman added 11 points and tied a career-high with three made three-pointers in the game.
The Aggies (12-14, 7-8 MW) did most of their damage in the second quarter, outscoring the Pack 25-14, to take a 40-26 lead into halftime. Coming out of the break however, Nevada began the third on a 7-0 run and held USU scoreless for nearly three minutes. The Pack won the third quarter battle, 19-14, to set up a comeback attempt in the fourth.
Starting the final quarter down by nine, senior Kelsey Kaelin hit a pull up jumper just 17 seconds into the start of the period to cut it to seven. Nevada took advantage of three missed shots on the other end by the Aggies and a timely three by Schmid with 8:36 to play that brought it to a four-point deficit, 54-50. The Wolf Pack could not build any drive from there however as Utah State collected four offensive rebounds on its next possession. The Aggies used that momentum to build an 18-5 run the rest of the game.
For the game the Wolf Pack shot 38.5 percent (20-of-52) and enjoyed its best quarter during the third, going 8-of-18 (44.4 percent). The Aggies connected on 42 percent (29-of-69) overall and their bench produced 21 points to just two bench points by the Pack. USU turned 22 Nevada turnovers into 23 points.
Nevada remains on the road and will travel to Fort Collins, Colo. to face No. 25 Colorado State this Saturday at 1 p.m. PST.