On an afternoon that saw just three Wolf Pack players finish in double figures, Nevada women’s basketball fell to Navy, 79-62, in the opening matchup of the annual Nugget Classic. This marks the first time this season the Pack did not have four or more players score 10 or more points.
Shooting a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line, sophomore guard Riana Everidge finished the game collecting her first career double-double, scoring 14 points and pulling down a career-best 10 rebounds in the process. Junior forward Teige Zeller finished the afternoon with 11 points.
Nevada (3-2) found itself in a hole early, trailing Navy (3-2), 12-5, at the six minute mark. Coming out of the media timeout, a rebounded put-back layup from sophomore forward AJ Cephas, sparked a 4-0 run to bring Nevada within one, but with seven turnovers to begin the game, the Pack struggled to gain any offensive rhythm, which resulted in Nevada attempting just eight baskets in the first quarter.
The Mids opened up the second period where they left off in the first, as Navy extended its lead to 31-16 and held Nevada scoreless over a five minute period. With 3:54 remaining in the quarter, Cephas initiated a 6-0 run for Nevada to trim Navy’s lead to 33-22, resulting in the Midshipmen calling their first timeout of the game.
Heading into the locker room, the Pack had five players on the scoresheet, recording a total of 24 first half points. With both teams trading baskets to open the second half, neither team was able to gain offensive momentum.
However, Nevada slowly climbed its way back into the game due to senior guard Stephanie Schmid. She knocked down her second three-pointer of the afternoon with 1:46 remaining in the third quarter, which helped lead the Pack to an 8-4 run to close out the quarter and cut Navy’s lead to 57-49.
Schmid finished the game with a team-high 15 points and collected Nevada’s only three-point field goals of the afternoon. Navy responded with an 8-3 run of its own to open the fourth quarter, which brought the lead to 63-52 and never looked back from that point.
Nevada will play the loser of the Arkansas-Memphis matchup in the consolation game of the Nugget Classic. That game is scheduled for Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. PT inside Lawlor Events Center.
Nevada Press Release