The University of Nevada women's basketball team dropped its fourth straight conference game, falling at La Tech, 77-59, Sunday afternoon in Ruston, La.
With the loss, Nevada falls to 13-11 overall and 7-4 in the WAC while La Tech improves to 14-11 overall and 7-4 in the WAC.
Dellena Criner tied the game at 2-2 before La Tech went on an 18-2 run to go ahead 22-4 with 9:06 to play. The Lady Techsters held the Pack scoreless for just over nine minutes during their run until Nicole Williams hit a pair of free throws with 8:23 left in the half to bring the score to 22-6.
With 4:45 remaining in the half, Brandi Jones hit the Pack's first field goal since Shavon Moore's field goal at the 17:16 mark. Johnna Ward scored on back-to-back possessions for Nevada to bring the score 33-14 with 3:15 left in the half.
The Pack went on a 9-0 run to end the half, including a basket at the buzzer by Bre'Anna Henry, to pull the Pack to within 13 at the half, 36-23.
The Pack shot 34.6 percent from the floor (9-of-26) in the first half while the Lady Techsters shot 53.6 percent (15-of-28). Ward led Nevada at the half with eight points while Jones led the team with three rebounds.
Jones' three pointer with 16:17 left in the game pulled Nevada to within nine points, 42-33. Megan Cherry's three pointer cut La Tech's lead to eight with 12:20 to play but the Lady Techsters pushed their lead back to 17, 61-44, with 7:45 left in the game.
The Pack couldn't get closer than 14 the rest of the way as La Tech posted the 77-59 win.
Ward ended the game with a team-high 12 points while Jones added 10 and Hammond scored nine. Hammond and Jones each grabbed a team-high five rebounds.
As a team Nevada shot 40.0 percent from the floor (22-of-55) while La Tech shot 55.4 percent (31-of-56).
Nevada will host Idaho on Thursday at 7 p.m. for Nevada's "Pack it with Pink" game in support of the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer fund. All fans who wear pink to the game get in free. In addition, Nevada head coaches Jane Albright and Mark Fox will donate $1 per fan in attendance to the Kay Yow/WBCA Canter fund.