Nevada Women Fall in MW Quarterfinals

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The University of Nevada women’s basketball team fell 67-39 to San Diego State in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 MW Basketball Championship Thursday afternoon at Thomas & Mack Center.

“We would like to congratulate San Diego State,” head coach Jane Albright said. “They are a top-25 team. Their pressure really bothered us early. I am pleased with the way our team matured over the course of the season. We will give our players some time off and then get back to work, as we will look to return stronger next season.”

With the loss, Nevada ends the season (8-23, 2-14 MW) while San Diego State improves to (25-5, 15-1 MW) and will advance to Thursday’s semifinal game at noon against the winner of today’s UNLV and New Mexico quarterfinal game.

The Aztecs jumped out of the gate on a 19-0 run. Nevada forward Julia Shelbourn hit one of two shots from the free throw line at the 11:14 mark to end a lengthy Wolf Pack scoring drought. Aja Johnson supplied Nevada its first made field goal of the game on a layup with 10:03 on the clock. The Wolf Pack found its rhythm offensively late in the half, as the team chopped the Aztecs 22 point lead down to 12 at 30-18 on a basket by Mimi Mungedi with 44 seconds left before the break. San Diego State led 32-18 at halftime. Nevada was strong on the boards in the first half, outrebounding San Diego State 21-17.

San Diego State’s lead hovered around 14 for the early part of the second half. Aztecs guard Ahjalee Harvey’s fast-break layup at the 9:22 mark stretched the lead to 50-31. A made free throw by Erimma Amarikwa gave San Diego State a lead of 56-31with 4:23 to play. The Aztecs went on to win the game 67-39.

Mimi Mungedi led Nevada with her first career double-double. The sophomore finished the game with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Danika Sharp added 10 points. With two made three-pointers, Sharp has connected on 65 for the year to sit third on Nevada’s all-time single-season list.