Brandi Jones led five Nevada players in double figures as the University of Nevada women's basketball team picked up their first road win of the season, beating Santa Clara 67-53 Thursday night. With the win, Nevada improved to 5-5 while Santa Clara fell to 1-10.
Nevada opened the game on a 6-2 run on field goals from Cherlanda Franklin, Shavon Moore and Jones but the Broncos cut the Pack's lead to 8-7 with 15:54 left in the half.
A pair of free throws from Nicole Williams put the Pack on top by three, 14-11, with 12:47 remaining. Nevada extended its lead to seven, 18-11, with 10:54 left in the first half.
Nevada went up by nine, 20-11 before Santa Clara cut Nevada's lead to four, 22-18, with 7:15 left in the first half. Nevada extended its lead to a first-half high of 15 points, 34-19, on Dellena Criner's free throws and the Pack went into halftime leading 34-21.
Nevada ended the first half shooting 43.9 percent (14-of-32) from the floor while Santa Clara shot 37.5 percent (nine-of-24). Jones led the Pack in the first half with 10 points. The 34 points scored by the Pack in the first half tied the Pack's second highest point total in the first half this season. Nevada also scored 34 points in the first half against Eastern Washington while the Pack scored 59 points in the first half against St. Mary's earlier this season.
To open the second half, Ward scored on three straight possessions for Nevada, scoring eight points as the Pack extended its lead to 19 points, 42-23, with 17:14 left in the game. Franklin's free throw with 14:21 left in the game put Nevada ahead by 23, 51-28.
Santa Clara couldn't get any closer than 14 points over the remaining time in the second half as the Pack posted a 67-53 win.
Jones led Nevada with 14 points while Franklin added 13. Hammond tied her season high with 11 points while Criner and Ward each added 10.
Criner, who entered the game versus Santa Clara seven steals away from tying the all-time steals record of 237 held by Traci Graham (2003-07), recorded five steals against the Broncos.
Nevada ended the game shooting 44.4 percent (24-of-54) from the floor while Santa Clara shot 40.0 percent (20-of-50).
The Pack will return to Lawlor Events Center on Sunday, December 21 hosting UC Riverside at 2 p.m.