RENO, Nev. – Four double digit scorers powered the University of Nevada women’s basketball team to a convincing 91-61 win over Long Beach State Friday night at Lawlor Events Center.
With the win, Nevada improves to (2-0 MW), while Long Beach State drops to (0-2 Big West).
“We had a great week of practice that led to a big win for us tonight,” head coach Jane Albright said. “This is a team that really loves each other and enjoys playing together. They share the ball and really doesn’t care who is scoring. Our defensive intensity fueled our offensive production tonight. We came out with a lot of energy at home.”
The Wolf Pack jumped out to a 13-3 lead on 5-8 shooting from the field. Nevada had success breaking through the Long Beach State full court press early on to lead the 49ers 22-9 at the midpoint of the first half. A basket in the paint by Nyasha LeSure sparked a Wolf Pack 11-0 run, as the team led 33-9 at the 6:27 mark. The 49ers ended a six minute scoring drought and the Wolf Pack run with a made jumper by Raven Benton. Nevada led Long Beach State 49-21 at the break. Emily Burns led all scorers in the half with 11 points.
A bucket in the key by Nevada center Mimi Mungedi put the team ahead 55-34 with 18:06 on the clock. A put-back by freshman guard Iman Lathan gave the Pack a 40-point advantage at 76-36 with eight minutes left in the game. The lead was never in doubt, as Nevada went on to claim the 91-61 wire to wire win. All 13 Wolf Pack players that appeared in the game scored for Nevada.
Nevada shot 48.4 percent from the field in the game, while Long Beach State shot 28.2 percent. Wolf Pack junior Emily Burns tied her career high with 16 points. The Galena High product added 12 rebounds for her sixth career double-double. Arielle Wideman finished with 15 points and six rebounds. Mimi Mungedi went a perfect 6-6 from the field, adding 12 points and six rebounds. Sophomore guard Terilyn Moe had 11 points in the win.
The Wolf Pack will face the UC Irvine Anteaters Sunday afternoon at Lawlor Events. Tip-off is 2 p.m.