RENO, Nev. – The Nevada women’s basketball team dropped a narrow 55-51 decision Saturday afternoon to the Wyoming Cowgirls in front of 2,371 fans.
Prior to the game, the Nevada athletics department and multiple community partners hosted a Family and Kids Fair in conjunction with the celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Also in Lawlor Events Center an All-Sports Clinic was held, offering kids the opportunity to learn about certain sports from Wolf Pack student-athletes. Those two events helped flood over 2,000 fans into Lawlor for the game, making the attendance of 2,371 the second-highest of the season.
The game itself was tight from start to finish as neither team pulled ahead by more than eight points. Additionally in the quarter-by-quarter breakdown, neither the Cowgirls (16-5, 9-3 MW) or Wolf Pack (8-15, 4-8 MW) won any of the quarters by more than two points. Both teams struggled to hit their shots in the game but it was the Nevada defense that wreaked havoc on a Wyoming team that averages just over 70 points per game, holding the Cowgirls to 55 points.
It was just a three-point game heading into the fourth quarter, but Wyoming’s Quinn Weidemann knocked down a triple that gave the Cowgirls a little bit of breathing room at six points. Nevada would get it as close as four points a few times throughout the quarter, but could not get the stops it needed at the right times to close the gap any further. With just under two minutes to play, the Pack found itself trailing by six after freshman Imani Lacy hit a layup in the paint. Nevada attempted a few 3-pointers to try and get within reach of Wyoming in the last minute of the game but none were able to fall.
Senior Jade Redmon led the Wolf Pack in scoring, notching 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting and was perfect from the free throw line. Redmon has scored in double figures in all 20 games in which she’s played this year. Fellow senior Terae Briggs was the only other Pack player to reach double figures as she added 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Junior Mikayla Christian led the team with four assists and did not turn the ball over.
Nevada remains at home next Wednesday, Feb. 20 as it hosts San Diego State for its annual Play4Kay pink game at 6:30 p.m.