The University of Nevada women's basketball team fell short as the Pack lost to Hampton 62-59 at the Lady Griz Holiday Classic in Missoula, Mont. With the loss Nevada falls to 6-6 while Hampton improved to 3-7.
Nevada took an 8-6 lead at the 16:33 mark as Brandi Jones scored on a jumper from the left side. Hampton went ahead 19-15 with 8:19 remaining in the first half before a layup by Kayla Williams brought Nevada to within two, 19-17.
Shavon Moore tied the game at 27-27 before the Pack took a four point lead 33-29 with under a minute remaining in the half. Nevada went into halftime leading 35-32.
Moore led the Pack at the half with 10 points while Criner had seven. Cherlanda Franklin had a team-high six rebounds at the half. As a team the Pack shot 45.9 percent (17-of-37) from the floor while Hampton shot 35.1 percent (13-of-37).
Criner, who came into the game with 235 career steals, recorded two steals in the first half to tie Traci Graham (2003-07) for the all-time steals record with 237 steals.
Nevada and Hampton traded baskets to open the second half as neither team led by more than a point until Criner's jumper with 15:30 left in the game put the Pack up by three, 43-40. Nevada had a four point lead, 46-42, with 14:01 remaining before Hampton tied the game at 46-46 with 12:06 left in the game.
Hampton took a four-point lead 52-48 with 7:53 remaining before a layup by Franklin cut the lead to two points, 52-50 with 6:37 left in the game. Hampton extended its lead to seven points 61-54, with 3:21 remaining before Nevada battled back to pull to within two, 61-59, on a layup by Franklin with 47 seconds to play.
The Pack recorded a steal on Hampton's possession with under 30 seconds remaining but Moore's jumper was short and Hampton regained possession with five seconds left and posted the 62-59 win.
Criner led four Nevada players in double figures as she ended the game with 14 points. Moore added a season-high 12 while Hammond added 10. Franklin recorded a double-double, the second of the season and third of her career, with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Criner became Nevada's all-time leader in steals with 238 passing Traci Graham who recorded 237. Johnna Ward recorded a career high three blocks as the Pack recorded a season-high 10 blocks in the game. Franklin also recorded three blocks.
The Pack ended the game shooting 40.0 percent (20-of-70) while Hampton shot 36.5 percent (23-of-63).
Nevada will face host Montana to Tuesday night at 7 p.m. MT.
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