Trailing by nine entering the final quarter, the Nevada women’s basketball team outscored Sacramento State 25-12 in the fourth to earn a hard fought 99-95 road win.
Wednesday night’s win helped Nevada get off to its best start since the 2013-14 season when it also started 2-1. The Wolf Pack’s 99 points is the most points the team has scored in a single game since it put up 99 on San Jose State on Feb. 19, 2014. Its point total from tonight is tied for the sixth-most points scored in program history. Nevada has now beaten Sacramento State (1-2) in 11 consecutive games.
The game’s high tempo saw a total of 194 points scored between the two teams and 160 shot attempts. The Hornets connected on 39-of-92 from the field, while the Pack hit 54.4 percent (37-of-68) of its shots. Nevada hit nine shots from beyond the arc against a team who attempted 51 three-pointers in their last game.
Senior Stephanie Schmid posted a first half to remember as she began the game perfect after the first 10 minutes with 14 points. She went into halftime with 21 points, four shy of her career high. She finished the game establishing a new career-high of 32 points on 12-of-19 shooting. Schmid knocked down five three-pointers and was near perfect from the free throw line. Her 32 points are the most points scored by a Pack player in a single game since Tahnee Robinson scored 32 against Louisiana Tech in February of 2011.
The Pack never trailed in the first half and took a four-point lead, 52-48, into halftime. The most points Nevada had scored in a half last season was 42. Sacramento State gained its first lead of the game with 5:58 remaining in the third quarter on a three by Dajhae Mullins. The Hornets closed the period on a 12-1 run in the last two minutes to take a nine point lead into the final quarter.
Nevada began the fourth doing what it needed to do in order to get back in the game, scoring the period’s first five points. As the quarter progressed and Nevada found itself trailing by one with just over two to play, Schmid lined up and banked in a three, giving the Pack a two-point advantage.
The Hornets weren’t done yet though as they regained the lead on a layup by Ashlyn Crenshaw at the 1:53 mark. Down the stretch Nevada was fouled a number of times and needed to hit its foul shots to stay in the game. Between sophomore Riana Everidge and junior T Moe, they combined to go 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the final 1:30.
With 14 ticks left, Moe’s pair of free throws put Nevada ahead by four. The Hornets got a quick bucket at the other end of the floor to pull it to within two. On the ensuing inbound, Moe heaved a full court pass to junior Jade Redmon who layed it up and in, securing the win.
Nevada had four players score in double figures for the third time this season. Schmid led all scorers with 32, Everidge fell one point shy of her career high with 19, Moe finished with 16 and sophomore AJ Cephas scored 12. Moe nearly recorded a double-double as she dished out nine assists as well.
Nevada remains on the road to play at Pepperdine this Sunday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m.