Pack Women Edge Utah State

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RENO, Nev. – Aja Johnson recorded her first career double-double and led three Wolf Pack players in double figures as the Nevada women’s basketball team outlasted Utah State 70-66 Wednesday night at Lawlor Event Center.

The win was the third straight at home and fourth in Nevada’s last five games overall as the Wolf Pack improved to 11-10 overall and 6-4 in Mountain West play. Utah State fell to 10-11 and 4-6. Nevada swept the regular season series from the Aggies for the first time since the 2009-10 season and evened the all-time series at 10 wins each.

Terilyn Moe led Nevada with 15 points as she matched a career high with three 3-pointers on the night. Danika Sharp nailed three treys in the second half to finish with 13 points.

Johnson ripped down her career-high-matching 11 rebound of the night in the waning seconds off an Aggie miss and Nevada holding a three-point lead at 69-66. She then hit one of two at the line to give her 10 points for the double-double and to give Nevada the four-point final advantage.

The Pack withstood a 32-point effort from MW-leading scorer Jennifer Schlott.

10 players scored in the game for Nevada, which got a lay-up by Julia Shelbourn going into halftime to take a 34-32 advantage. That pushed Nevada’s record to 10-1 on the year when leading at the break.

The Wolf Pack shot 35.7 from the floor, compared to 43.4 percent for the Aggies. The teams combined for 35 turnovers as Nevada had 18 on the night. While the Pack struggled from the free-throw line, Nevada’s 53-38 edge in rebounding led to a 23-10 advantage in second-chance points.

Saturday’s matchup against San Diego State is Nevada’s Play4Kay Pink Game as the Wolf Pack will feature a number of promotions and features to raise money for the Kay Yow Foundations and the fight against women’s cancers. Both games will be broadcast at on the Mountain West Network. Don Marchand will also have the call on the new home of the Wolf Pack women’s basketball team, KFOY 1060 AM, NBC Sports Radio.