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Nevada falls behind early, can’t recover in 88-69 loss to New Mexico

Wolf Pack junior Da'Ja Hamilton tries to convert a layup against the Lobos on Thursday
Wolf Pack junior Da'Ja Hamilton tries to convert a layup against the Lobos on Thursday(KOLO)
Published: Dec. 31, 2020 at 5:28 PM PST
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - In the 2020-21 Mountain West opener, the Nevada women’s basketball team suffered an 88-69 loss to New Mexico Thursday afternoon.

The Lobos (4-0, 1-0 MW) were red hot on offense all game long, shooting 52.2 percent from the field and nearly 50 percent from the 3-point line. All together New Mexico knocked down 14 triples, compared to four for the Wolf Pack (4-2, 0-1 MW), which proved to be one of the difference makers in the game. The Lobos came out of the gate firing from all spots on the court as they shot 60 percent in the opening quarter and quickly jumped out to a double digit lead just four and a half minutes into the period.

New Mexico never looked back after that first period as the Lobos led by double digits the rest of the way. Facing a 27-point halftime deficit though, Nevada came out of the break recharged and mounting a comeback bid. The Pack owned the third quarter, outscoring its opponent 25-16 to close the gap heading into the fourth. Trailing by as many as 29 at one point in the game, Nevada cut the deficit to 16 with 2:29 to play in the third, but that is as close as the Pack would get. New Mexico played evenly with Nevada in the fourth to maintain a comfortable lead and snag its first conference win of the season.

A bright spot for Nevada in the loss was its rebounding as it out-rebounded the Lobos by a 45-36 margin, including 19 offensive boards. The Wolf Pack was led on the glass by junior Megan Ormiston, who tied her career-high of nine rebounds, falling one rebound shy of her first career double-double as she also scored 11 points. Nevada was led in scoring by senior Nia Alexander’s 16-point output and was followed by junior Da’Ja Hamilton’s 12-point effort.

Nevada will wrap up its two-game series against New Mexico this Saturday, Jan. 2 at 1 p.m. from Lawlor Events Center.

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