Wolf Pack women strong in 57-41 win against Fresno State

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FRESNO, Calif. – Behind one of its strongest defensive performances of the season, the Nevada women’s basketball team earned a 57-41 road win at Fresno State on Saturday.

The Wolf Pack (10-15, 6-8 MW) held the Bulldogs (17-9, 10-5 MW) to a season-low 41 points, 26.4 percent shooting from the field and just 9.5 percent from beyond the arc. Fresno State came into the game averaging 71.7 points per game. Nevada was hot right from the get-go, connecting on 55.6 percent of its shots in the first quarter to jump out to a 22-6 lead. Junior Mikayla Christian knocked down a 3-pointer to open the scoring in the first minute of play and the Pack never trailed after that. Nevada outscored the Bulldogs 15-2 in the quarter’s last six minutes, capped off by another three by Christian to close the quarter.

Fresno State trimmed the gap ever so slightly in the second quarter, cutting a 16-point deficit to nine with 3:37 to go before halftime. Nevada held Fresno State to just two shot attempts though in the last 3:37 and got baskets from senior Jade Redmon and a 3-ball from deep in the corner by freshman Da’Ja Hamilton to stretch the lead back out to 14 at halftime.

Like the opening quarter, the third belonged to the Wolf Pack. The Bulldogs scored the first bucket of the quarter but senior Terae Briggs answered right back on Nevada’s next possession. The Pack started to pull away from there as a good layup by Redmon, and a foul call, swung momentum back in Nevada’s direction. The lead began growing into the 20s and the Pack ended the third quarter with its largest lead of the game, 25 points, after a layup by Briggs. Fresno State won the fourth quarter battle, 14-5, but it was too little too late as the Pack walked away with a 16-point victory.

Redmon led all scorers with 17 points and upped her streak of games in double figures to 22 games. She finished 7-of-11 from the field, was 3-of-3 from the free throw line and added five rebounds, two assists and one steal to her day. Briggs totaled eight points and led the team with 11 rebounds, nearly collecting her 10th double-double of the season. All but one of the 10 Pack players to see time on the floor scored at least two points.

Nevada concludes its two-game road trip next Wednesday, Feb. 27 when it travels to Las Vegas to take on UNLV at 6 p.m.

Postgame notes
-Nevada earned its 10th win of the season, and second in a row, after a 57-41 road win over Fresno State. The Wolf Pack is now 10-15 overall and 6-8 in Mountain West play.
-The Wolf Pack held the Bulldogs to 30 points under their season average and allowed Fresno State to shoot just 9.5 percent from the 3-point line.
-Fresno State’s 41 points is the second-lowest point total given up by Nevada this season.
-Senior Jade Redmon led all scorers with 17 points to continue her streak of consecutive games in double figures, which is now up to 22 games. Redmon was 7-of-11 from the field, 3-of-3 from the free throw line and added five rebounds, two assists and one steal to her day.
-Senior Terae Briggs fell just two points shy of collecting her 10th double-double of the season, grabbing 11 rebounds.
-Nevada outscored Fresno State 22-6 in the first quarter and 20-9 in the third.
-The Wolf Pack outrebounded the Bulldogs 45-32.
-Fresno State shot a season-low 26.4 percent from the field.
-Nevada led 20-4 in second chance points.
-The all-time series between Nevada and Fresno State is now 43-14 in favor of the Bulldogs. Nevada has won the last two games from the Save Mart Center.