In the opening round of the 2016 Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championships, 10th-seeded Nevada was eliminated by No. 7 seed Utah State, 59-35, Monday evening from the Thomas & Mack Center.
Nevada finishes the year 5-25 and posted a 4-14 record in conference play. Shooting woes in this game hurt the Wolf Pack’s chances at advancing to the quarterfinal round against Fresno State. Nevada shot just 18 percent (11-of-59) on offense for the game and scored 13 points in the second half.
Sophomore Teige Zeller led the Pack in scoring with seven points and added six rebounds to her night. Three players including Stephanie Schmid, Kelsey Kaelin and Riana Everidge scored five points each. Senior Nyasha LeSure did most of her damage down low, collecting 11 rebounds.
The opening quarter was a back and forth affair that ended in a dead tie, 10-10. The Aggies (14-16) had the quarter’s last possession and a chance to take the lead into the next period. A three-pointer heaved up by Julianne Anchling however was swatted away by freshman Riana Everidge with one second on the clock.
Quarter two belonged to Utah State as it outscored Nevada 20-12 and forced the Pack into some foul trouble. USU made it a 10-point game with 35 second left in the half on a bucket by Funda Nakkasoglu. A pair of free throws by Everidge though cut it back to an eight-point deficit after 20 minutes of play.
The third and fourth quarters also belonged to the Aggies as the USU defense kept the Pack in check for nine points in the third and four points in the fourth. Utah State connected on 37.3 percent (19-of-51) of its shots but went 18-of-22 from the free throw line, taking 10 more foul shots than Nevada.
Nevada Press Release