Nevada Women's Basketball Falls Late to Santa Clara
(NEVADA RELEASE) 11/10/2018 SANTA CLA...
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – A 10-0 run midway through the fourth quarter allowed Santa Clara to pull away from the Nevada women’s basketball team and earn a 56-48 win Saturday night.
The Wolf Pack (0-2) entered the third quarter down just one point to the Broncos (2-0), 39-38. Both teams went cold to start the fourth with Nevada going 1-for-11 and Santa Clara making 3-of-8 in the first five minutes of the period. The third make for the Broncos in that span jump started a 10-0 run that put the home team ahead 54-40 with under two minutes to play.
Down 14 with 1:52 on the clock, the Pack did not quit. Senior Terae Briggs hit a short jumper with 56 seconds left, followed by a pair of threes from senior Jade Redmon and freshman Essence Booker to close the gap to eight, which is what the final deficit would be.
Nevada showed a lot of fight in the game, clawing back from double digit deficits multiple times. The Broncos began the game on a 10-0 run before a jumper from Redmon at the 6:27 mark of the first halted the run and got the Pack on the board. It was all Wolf Pack the rest of the quarter, specifically Briggs who had six points in the rest of the period. Nevada forced four turnovers in the final four minutes and outscored its opponent 12-4 to close the gap to two after the opening quarter.
The second quarter was the most back and forth of the game as Santa Clara couldn’t put together a lead greater than four until the last minute of the first half. The Pack tied the score twice in the period, once on a Briggs layup that made the score 18-18 and again at 21 after freshman Emma Torbert knocked down a free throw, but Nevada could not get gain the lead and trailed by six at halftime.
Once again in the third quarter the Pack had to fight its way back from a double digit deficit as it trailed by 11 at the 5:49 mark. A mid-range jumper by Redmon sparked an 11-1 run that got the Pack to within one at the end of the third quarter, before the late push sealed the win for the Broncos.
Briggs collected her first double-double of the season, and 10th of her Wolf Pack career, as she finished with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. Redmon also reached double figures, finishing with a season-high 12 points. Nevada significantly cut down on its turnovers from the opener Wednesday night, going from 22 to 13. The Pack finished the game with a positive assist to turnover ratio, dishing out 14 assists, led by four each from Briggs and Booker. One area of improvement for Nevada however will be its free throw shooting, making just 47.1 percent (8-of-17) from the line tonight.
Nevada will return to action Nov. 18 when it travels to Long Beach, Calif. to take on Long Beach State at 4 p.m.