The Nevada women’s basketball team concluded the 2015-16 regular season with a 66-42 loss at New Mexico Friday evening. The Wolf Pack will now face Utah State on Monday in the opening round of the Mountain West Tournament.
It was a tight knit battle for three quarters of play as the Wolf Pack (5-24, 4-14 MW) kept the game within reach through 30 minutes. The Lobos (16-13, 9-9 MW) maintained a slight advantage heading into the final quarter, 44-39.
Unfortunately for the Pack it suffered through one of its worst quarters of the season in the final 10 minutes. Nevada scored a season-low three points and was held to zero made field goals (0-of-12). The three fourth quarter points came on free throws. New Mexico on the other hand produced its highest scoring quarter of the game at 22 points to stretch out its lead to the eventual 24-point mark.
A majority of those Lobos’ points down the stretch were scored by senior Khadijah Shumpert, who finished with a game-high 21 points. UNM shot 46 percent (23-of-50) for the game and dominated in the paint, outscoring Nevada down low 32-14.
Due to its fourth quarter shooting woes, Nevada compiled a 28 percent (14-of-50) success rate on offense. Junior Stephanie Schmid was the only Pack player to reach double figures, finishing with 11 points. Sophomore Teige Zeller posted a nine-point, seven-rebound outing and senior Kelsey Kaelin dished out four assists to just one turnover.
Free throw shooting was a bright spot for Nevada as it connected on 83.3 percent (10-of-12) from the charity stripe.
Nevada will enter the 2016 Mountain West Tournament as the No. 10 seed and face the No. 7 seed Utah State Aggies in the opening round Monday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.