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It Takes 3 Overtimes, but Nevada Women's Basketball Tops Hawaii

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In its first triple-overtime game in program history, Nevada women’s basketball grinded out a 67-59 victory over Hawai’i on Sunday afternoon inside Lawlor Events Center. The win marks the Pack’s sixth of the season, which eclipses last season’s total.

Despite poor shooting plaguing both teams throughout the entire 55 minutes of play, in the end it was Nevada’s clutch free throw shooting down the stretch that helped the Pack seal the victory. On the day, Nevada (6-5) was led by its senior guard, Stephanie Schmid, who finished the contest with a game-high 14 points.

The game began with a slow offensive start from both the Pack and the Rainbow Wahine (3-7), as the two teams combined to shoot 26 percent (18-of-68) in the first 20 minutes of play. Nevada used its best effort to keep the score within reach, but Hawai’i took a 26-18 lead into the locker room at halftime. 

Nevada started to find a rhythm in the opening minutes of the third stanza, as Schmid and junior guard T Moe connected on back-to-back baskets to cut the Pack’s deficit to a single possession. The Silver and Blue would climb back to trim into the Wahine’s lead and enter the final period down just two points, 34-32.

Sophomore AJ Cephas began the fourth quarter with two of her 10 points and tie the game at 34. Her classmate, Riana Everidge followed that possession with a basket of her own, giving the Pack its first lead since Nevada led 8-2 in the first period.

With Nevada trailing by three, junior Halie Bergman recorded an exciting sequence of events in the waning minutes, when she knocked down her second triple of the game, which she then followed with a chase-down block on the ensuing possession. The score was tied at 43 when Everidge connected on a layup to give Nevada the lead with 34 seconds left, but Hawai’i answered with a layup of its own to send the game into the first overtime.

In the first overtime time period, Schmid sank her second three-pointer of the afternoon, which gave Nevada an early three-point lead in the extra session. After junior Teige Zeller grabbed one of her game and season-high 16 rebounds, Hawai’i would send her to the line, where her make from the charity stripe expanded the Pack’s lead to two possessions. However, the Wahine fought back and tied the score once again to bring the game to additional five minutes of play.

The second overtime began much like the first, with Schmid hitting her third triple of the game. With the Pack holding onto its slim lead, Nevada managed to grab three offensive rebounds in one possession, which was capped off by a layup from Cephas to give the Pack a four-point advantage. She would finish the contest with her third double-double of the season, recording 10 points and pulling down 13 rebounds.

After Moe knocked down two free throws to give Nevada a three-point lead, the Wahine’s Olivia Crawford swished a contested, fade-a-way three-pointer that tied the game and brought the game to a third extra period.

Free throw shooting played an intricate role for the Pack in the third overtime, as Nevada connected on six of its eight attempts to seal the 67-59 victory.

Up next, Nevada will begin Mountain West play at San Jose State on Dec. 29. Tipoff for that matchup is slated for 7 p.m. and will be streamed on the Mountain West Network.

Nevada Press Release

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