Pack women pick up first Mountain West win at San Jose State

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (KOLO) – The Nevada women’s basketball team earned a 52-49 win at San Jose State Wednesday night for its first Mountain West win of the season.

Both the Wolf Pack (5-9, 1-2 MW) and the Spartans (1-12, 0-2 MW) struggled offensively, but Nevada shut down the opposition when it counted to earn the victory. Senior Jade Redmon led all scorers and tied her season high with 18 points. Redmon connected on 6-of-10 from the field and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line.

Nevada held large advantages in two key statistical categories, rebounds and second chance points. The Pack outrebounded the Spartans by a 45-29 margin, its largest of the season. Nevada was strong on the glass, fighting for 21 offensive rebounds that led to 17 second chance points. Senior Terae Briggs led the Pack on the boards, collecting nine.

The game was tight all night long as neither team held more than a nine point lead. The turning point came at the 5:01 mark of the fourth quarter when Briggs drew a foul call on her made layup that tied the game at 44. Briggs hit the ensuing free throw to complete the three point play and give Nevada the lead for good.

The Spartans did not go away quietly, however, as Cydni Lewis hit a 3-pointer with 1:58 on the clock to bring her team within two. Junior Camariah King answered though with a triple of her own in transition that pushed the Pack’s lead back out to five. A Spartan layup with just over a minute to play brought the score to 52-49 in favor of the Wolf Pack. With 10 seconds on the clock, SJSU got the ball back with a chance to tie but the shot bounced off the rim and sealed the win for the Pack.

Nevada returns home this Saturday, Jan. 12 to host Fresno State at 2 p.m.

Postgame notes
-Nevada improved to 5-9 overall and earned its first Mountain West win of the season with a 52-49 road win at San Jose State.
-Senior Jade Redmon led all scorers and tied her season high with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting and was 5-of-5 from the free throw line. She is now 18 points shy of 1,000 in her collegiate career.
-The Wolf Pack led the rebounding battle, 45-29, led by nine rebounds from senior Terae Briggs.
-Nevada had 17 second chance points, collecting 21 offensive rebounds in the game.
-The all-time series between Nevada and San Jose State is now 25-24 in favor of the Spartans.