Wolf Pack women fall at Utah State

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LOGAN, Utah – The Nevada women’s basketball team dropped a 79-57 road contest Saturday afternoon to Utah State at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

It was all Aggies (4-13, 2-4 MW) in the game as Nevada led just once, 7-6, at the 7:23 mark of the first quarter. The Wolf Pack (9-7, 2-3 MW) offense struggled in the first half, hitting under 25 percent (8-of-33) though the first 20 minutes of play. Utah State on the other hand took advantage of the opportunity and knocked down nearly 50 percent (15-of-31) of its shots in the opening half. Nevada got out to a slow start and was outscored 18-9 in the first quarter. The second frame was more even but the Wolf Pack found itself down 12, 33-21, at halftime.

Hoping to mount a second half comeback Nevada shot the ball better in the second half, hitting 35.7 percent (5-of-14) in the third and got it up to 50 percent (5-of-10) in the fourth. It was not enough however to stop the red hot shooting of Utah State. In the third quarter the Aggies connected on nearly 70 percent (9-of-13) of their shots, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.

Senior Teige Zeller led the Wolf Pack in scoring as she produced 14 points, her 12th game in double figures this season. Zeller added seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in the loss. Sophomore Camariah King was the only other Nevada player to reach double figures as she finished with 11, her 10th game in double figures. Junior Terae Briggs fell one point and one rebound shy of her second double-double of the season.

Nevada returns home to Lawlor Events Center next Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. against San Jose State.

Postgame notes

-Senior Teige Zeller led the Wolf Pack in scoring, totaling 14 points. It was Zeller’s 12th game in double figures this season and 24th of her career.

-Sophomore Camariah King also reached double digits for the Wolf Pack, finishing with 11 points, her 10th game in double figures this season.

-Freshman Janelle Sumilong played a career-high 27 minutes in the game. She tied her career high of five points and grabbed three rebounds.

-The 79 points surrendered by the Wolf Pack is the most points given up since Dec. 1 when it allowed Oregon State to score 89.

-The 22-point deficit is the fourth largest loss this season.

-The all-time series between Nevada and Utah State now stands at 16-11 in favor of the Aggies. Utah State has won six consecutive games over Nevada.

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