– Boise State edged the Nevada women’s basketball team 64-61 in overtime Tuesday night at Lawlor Events Center in the Wolf Pack’s final home game of the season.
The last three minutes of regulation were anyone’s game as the two team’s traded points back and forth. With 3:12 on the clock, freshman Riana Everidge hit the game-tying three, which also helped the rookie establish a new career-high. Each team exchanged a two-point bucket on the next two possessions that kept the game tied at 57.
As the clock ticked to under two minutes junior Stephanie Schmid drove hard to the basket and drew a foul on her layup attempt, sending her to the free throw line. Schmid sunk her second foul shot to give Nevada (5-23, 4-13 MW) its first lead of the game, 58-57, and momentum. On the ensuing Boise State (18-10, 11-6 MW) possession, sophomore Teige Zeller collected a clutch steal that resulted in an Everidge jumper on the other end, putting the Pack ahead by three with just over a minute to play.
As time began to tick away in regulation, a turnover by Nevada gave the ball back to the Broncos with 30 seconds remaining. Reno native Shalen Shaw put up the potential game-tying three-pointer with 23 seconds on the clock and sunk it, tying the game at 60. The Wolf Pack had one more shot to hit the game winner on its final possession, but missed the layup as time expired, sending the game into overtime.
It marked the first overtime game for the Pack this season and it was a very low scoring five minutes. The Broncos skirted past the Pack 4-1 in overtime with Nevada’s only point coming on a Zeller free throw. Facing a three-point deficit with just 2.8 seconds on the clock, the Pack inbounded and sophomore Halie Bergman heaved up a three with a chance to tie, but the shot was too strong.
Everidge collected the first 20-point game of her career, setting a new career-high, and added seven rebounds. Zeller also posted a new career-high of 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for her second double-double of the year. Redshirt freshman AJ Cephas also grabbed 13 rebounds in the game, establishing a career-high.
Nevada will travel to Albuquerque, N.M. this Friday to face New Mexico in its final regular season game of the season. The Mountain West Tournament will begin on Monday for the Wolf Pack with the opponent still to be determined.