The University of Nevada women’s basketball team fell 73-68 to San Francisco State in an exhibition game Sunday afternoon at Lawlor Events Center.
The Gators built up a 12 point lead midway through the first half on the strong play of Lauren Varney and Michaela Booker. The Wolf Pack pushed the tempo and settled in defensively to get back in the game, as the team evened the score at 21-21 with eight minutes left in the half. San Francisco State picked it up offensively to push its lead back to 12 at the break, leading Nevada 43-31at halftime. Sophomores Aja Johnson and Emily Burns led the Wolf Pack in the opening half with six points apiece.
A San Francisco State layup and free throw gave the Gators its largest lead of 15 to begin the half. Nevada turned on the defensive pressure and had timely contributions from juniors Arielle Wideman and Danika Sharp to cut the deficit down to five with 5:47 on the clock. Consecutive jump shots by Amber Smith and Nyasha LeSure brought the Pack within one point at 61-60. Gators senior guard Nicole Hicks caught fire late, hitting jumpers on three consecutive possessions to push the score to 67-60. Danika Sharp responded with a three point shot to get within four of San Francisco State. That would be the closest the team would get, as the Gators hit their free throws to seal a 73-68 win. Nevada was strong on the glass in the loss, outrebounding San Francisco State 62-30. Danika Sharp led all scorers with 17 points, while Arielle Wideman added 12. Guards Angela Van Sickel and Nicole Hicks led four double digit Gator scorers with 13 points each.
The Wolf Pack will open up the 2012-13 regular season at home against Cal State Fullerton Friday night at 6:30 p.m. Season tickets are still on sale and can be purchased by visiting or calling the Link Piazzo Ticket Office at Legacy Hall at (775) 348-PACK (7225) or visiting nevadawolfpack.com.
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