The University of Nevada women's basketball team fell to Utah State 63-52 Sunday afternoon at Lawlor Events Center marking the first time since December 29-30, 2008 that the Pack has lost back-to-back games.
With the loss, Nevada falls to 13-9 overall and 7-2 in the WAC while Utah State improved to 11-12 overall and 5-5 in the WAC.
Nevada opened the game with a 4-0 lead before Utah State went ahead 13-10 with 9:23 left in the half. The Aggies used a 17-1 run to go up 32-15 with 1:54 left in the first half as Utah State took a 32-17 lead at the half.
Cherlanda Franklin led Nevada at the half with six points and was one of three players along with Johnna Ward and Bre`Anna Henry with three boards in the first half. As a team the Pack shot 25.0 percent from the floor in the first half (6-of-25) while the Aggies shot 29.0 percent (9-of-31).
In the second half, Nevada cut Utah State's lead to seven, 36-29, on a three-point play by Dellena Criner. Nevada pulled to within five, 42-37, in a pair of free throws by Franklin but the Aggies extended its lead to 13 with 4:03 to play as Utah State went on to post the 63-52 win.
Nevada shot 29.1 percent (16-of-55) from the floor in the game while Utah State shot 35.8 percent (19-of-53). The Aggies outrebounded the Pack 44-40 in the game marking the first time this season Nevada was outrebounded in a WAC game.
Criner led Nevada with 19 points including 17 in the second half. Franklin added 12 points and seven boards while Shavon Moore recorded a team-high eight rebounds. Utah State's Danyelle Snelgro led all scorers with 29 points.
"I take my hat off to Utah State. That was the best individual guard performance I've seen in conference play all year," Nevada head coach Jane Albright said. "I thought we were flat. I think we were physically, emotionally and mentally tired. The loss against Fresno State on Friday took a lot out of us. Today is not who we want to be."
Nevada will play at New Mexico State on Friday at 6:05 p.m. and at La Tech on Sunday at Noon PT.