Nevada Women's Basketball Loses on the Road to San Diego
The Nevada women’s basketball team suffered its first road loss of the season Saturday afternoon to San Diego by the final score of 70-54.
Nevada (4-5) has now lost three straight and drops to below .500 for the first time this season. The Wolf Pack entered the final quarter trailing by 16 and got the deficit down to 10 but that is as close as Nevada would get in the final 10 minutes.
The Toreros (5-3) led the whole length of the game and opened up a 9-2 lead through the first few minutes of the opening quarter. Four unanswered points by the Pack got the team within three at the first media timeout. Nevada kept chipping away at the deficit thanks in large part to the play of sophomore Riana Everidge, who would score the Pack’s next nine points between the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second.
Everidge opened up the second by knocking down a shot from beyond the arc that tied the game at 15. From there the Toreros stretched the lead out to eight points before a layup inside by AJ Cephas halted a scoring drought by Nevada with 3:35 to play in the half. USD started to pull away in the late minutes of the second quarter as it ended the period on a 9-4 run. Nevada, which leads the Mountain West in free throw percentage, was sent to the line just two times in the first half, while the Toreros took 11 foul shots.
The San Diego defense held its own as the third quarter began and did not allow Nevada to score until the 5:19 mark of the period. With the minutes counting down in the third, Nevada had put together a string of points and held USD to just 2-of-8 shooting before a three-point shot by Aubrey Ward-El pushed the Toreros’ lead back out to 18.
With just a few minutes remaining in the game, a three-pointer by Stephanie Schmid, her first of the game, brought the deficit to just 12 points. Schmid again raced down the court on Nevada’s next possession and laid the ball up and in to get Nevada to within 10. A 6-0 run by USD though over the next two minutes halted the Pack’s comeback attempt.
Everidge fell two points shy of her career high, finishing with a game-high 18 points on 8-of-18 shooting. Schmid also got into double figures with 10 points. Sophomore Terae Briggs totaled eight points and five rebounds in just 15 minutes on the floor. San Diego forced Nevada into 19 turnovers and turned those into 17 points.
Nevada returns to Lawlor Events Center this Tuesday for the fourth annual ‘When I Grow Up’ game at 11 a.m. against Holy Names.