Nevada cruises into holiday break with 67-54 win over Seattle

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RENO, Nev. – Playing in its third of a four-game homestand, the Nevada women’s basketball team knocked off Seattle, 67-54, Thursday night at Lawlor Events Center.

The Wolf Pack improves to 3-7 on the year and has now won two of its last three games with non-conference play winding down. Nevada saw three double digit performances tonight, led by junior Camariah King. King totaled 15 points after hitting three triples in the contest. She added six rebounds and a season-high five assists.

Senior Terae Briggs continued her hot streak, posting her fourth consecutive double-double. Briggs finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds and added two assists, two blocks and three steals. Additionally, the Pryor, Mont. native eclipsed the 700-point mark in her career, giving her 709 points and 528 rebounds in her two-plus year career at Nevada.

The Pack also got efficient minutes from freshman Emma Torbert, who recorded her first career game in double figures with 11 points. The rookie hit 5-of-7 from the field and collected five rebounds in her 17 minutes off the bench. Junior Kristen Dearth, who transferred from Seattle, got her first start since the second game of the season and posted a career-best seven points, tied her career high in rebounds with seven and knocked down the first 3-pointer of her career.

It was a close game through the first 20 minutes of play as the Pack led by just one at the break. Both the Pack and Redhawks (0-12) struggled to make shots in the first half, combining for 23 made buckets in that stretch. The scoring output was on pace for a low scoring contest but the Pack turned it on in the second half.

It was a low scoring affair through the first five minutes of the third quarter, as neither team was able to make a basket in that span. The only points the Pack had scored came off of two made free throws, but Nevada was able to hold Seattle off the board until 4:56 when a 3-pointer by the Redhawks tied the game at 30. After a layup by Torbert at the 4:46 mark of the quarter though, the Pack sparked its offense back to life. In that final 4:46 of the period, Nevada scored 18 points and held Seattle to just six, staking an 11-point lead with one quarter remaining.

Seattle made the first basket of the fourth quarter, a jumper by Olivia Crawford that brought the deficit back down to single digits. That was as close as the Redhawks would get though as a pair of free throws by freshman Da’Ja Hamilton 21 seconds later pushed the lead back out to double digits for good.

Nevada breaks for the holidays and will return to the court to conclude its homestand and non-conference play on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. when it faces Hawai’i.

Postgame notes
-With one game left in non-league action, Nevada improved to 3-7 on the year after a 67-54 win over Seattle.
-Senior Terae Briggs posted her fourth consecutive double-double, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds and scored the 700th point of her career.
-Junior Camariah King led the team in scoring, notching 15 points and six rebounds. She added a season-high five assists as well.
-Freshman Emma Torbert recorded her first career game in double figures with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
-Junior Kristen Dearth got her first start since the second game of the season and recorded a career-high seven points, knocked down the first 3-pointer of her career, and tied her career high of seven rebounds.
-Nevada did not allow Seattle to lead in the game.
-The Pack won the rebounding battle, 46-42.
-The all-time series between Nevada and Seattle is now 2-0 in favor of the Wolf Pack.