ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Senior Arielle Wideman hit 6-of-6 free throws in the last minute of play to put away a 60-55 Mountain West win at New Mexico Saturday afternoon at The Pit.
With the win, the Wolf Pack (16-11, 11-5 MW) secured a first-round bye in the Mountain West Conference Tournament.
A low scoring first half saw the Wolf Pack trail the Lobos (9-18, 4-12 MW) by a 24-21 margin after 20 minutes. Nevada shot just 28 percent (7-of-25) in the opening half, compared to the 38 percent shooting (9-of-24) by New Mexico. Terilyn Moe and Emily Burns led the Pack in scoring in the half with six points each.
Today’s win is the second of the season for the Pack when trailing at halftime. The team’s other victory also came against the Lobos a few weeks ago in Reno.
With just over a minute to play, Wideman dished out a pass to senior Danika Sharp who put the Pack ahead 54-53. The Lobos’ Sara Halasz answered with a jump shot of her own however to put her team back ahead by one point.
With 46 seconds remaining, Wideman was fouled on her drive to the basket and iced the ensuing pair of free throws to give Nevada the lead for good. She hit two additional foul shots to with 24 seconds left to give Nevada a three-point advantage. A turnover by New Mexico, however, all by secured the win for the Wolf Pack.
Moe led Nevada in scoring with 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting and 4-of-7 from the free throw line. Amber Smith also reached double figures with 10 points, eight of which came in the second half. Burns finished with six points and a team-high six rebounds and game-high three blocks. Those three blocks give Burns 72 for her career, pushing her to ninth all-time.
Nevada returns to Lawlor Events Center for senior night during the regular season home finale this Tuesday (March 4) against visiting Boise State. Tip-off is slated for 6:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast at NevadaWolfPack.tv 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.