Pack Women's Hoops Falls 75-74 in Boise

By: Nevada Release Email
By: Nevada Release Email

Johnna Ward led three Nevada players in double figures with a season-high 19 points but the University of Nevada women's basketball team fell by one point, 75-74, Sunday afternoon to Boise State.

With the loss, Nevada fell to 14-12 overall and 8-5 in the WAC while Boise State improved to 15-12 overall and 8-5 in the WAC.

Brittany Woodard's free throws with 13:30 left in the first half gave Nevada a six-point lead, 15-9. Boise State went ahead by four, 23-19, with 6:52 to play in the before a layup by Cherlanda Franklin put the Pack back on top by one, 26-25 with 4:47 left in the half.

Boise State had a three-point lead, 32-29, with 47 seconds to play. Dellena Criner's jumper with the shot clock winding down brought the Pack to within one, 32-31. On the next possession Jennifer Gross blocked Melissa Rima's shot, came down with the rebound and scored a layup just before the buzzer to give Nevada a 33-32 lead at the half.

Nevada shot 48.1 percent (13-of-27) from the floor in the first half while Boise State shot 32.4 percent (11-of-34). Johnna Ward and Brandi Jones led the Pack at the half with eight points each. Franklin had a team-high four rebounds in the first half.

Nevada extended its lead to seven points on Franklin's layup with 16:09 left in the game. Ward's three-point play gave Nevada a 49-44 lead with 12:34 to play.

Nevada had a five-point lead, 68-63, on Jones' jumper with 3:41 to play. Boise State battled back and pulled to within one, 68-67, with 3:18 to play before Moore scored on a reverse layup to put Nevada ahead by three, 70-67 with 2:27 left in the game.

Boise State's Jenna Galassi hit a long three pointer with just under a minute to play to put the Broncos up 72-70.

Ward hit two free throws with under seven seconds to play. On the next possession the Pack forced a jump ball and gained possession with 5.1 seconds to play but wouldn't get a shot off as Boise State won 75-74.

Moore scored a career-high 16 points while Ward added a season-high 19 and Franklin added 14. Franklin also added nine rebounds for Nevada. As a team the Pack shot 47.5 percent (29-of-61) from the floor while the Broncos shot 37.5 percent (24-of-64).

Nevada will play at first-place Fresno State Friday at 7 p.m.

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