The University of Nevada women’s basketball team beat La Tech 64-57 in their first WAC game of the season on Thursday night at Lawlor Events Center.
The seven-point win was Nevada's biggest victory ever over the Lady Techsters.
With the win Nevada (7-7, 1-0) improved to .500 while La Tech fell to 7-8 overall (0-1) WAC.
The Pack jumped out to an early lead, 14-2, on a layup by Dellena Criner with 14:09 remaining in the half and never trailed again.
Nevada shot 34.5 percent (10-of-29) from the floor in the first half and 80.0 percent (12-of-15) from the free throw line. The Lady Techsters shot 36.7 percent (11-of-30) from the floor in the half. Criner led all scorers at the half with 10 points.
The Pack started the second half on an 11-2 run and went ahead 47-28 on a three-point play by Cherlanda Franklin with 16:25 left in the game. La Tech cut Nevada’s lead to single digits with 47 seconds to play, 64-55, but Nevada went on to post the 64-57 victory.
Franklin tied her career high with 17 points while Brandi Jones added 15 and Criner scored 12. Shavon Moore led the team with a career-high 11 rebounds while Jones added nine. As a team, the Pack tied their season high with 49 rebounds as Nevada outrebounded La Tech 49-36.
Nevada hosts New Mexico State on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lawlor Events Center.