Nevada can't grab tenth win of season, lose to New Mexico 87-67

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Nevada women’s basketball team dropped an 87-67 decision at New Mexico Saturday afternoon.

The Wolf Pack (9-11, 2-7 MW) had four score in double figures, led by sophomore Essence Booker. Booker totaled 15 points in the game, which included three made 3-pointers. Booker had a strong game all around as she also posted season highs with six rebounds and five assists. Fellow sophomore Imani Lacy added 13 points, a team-high eight rebounds and was near perfect from the free throw line, hitting 5-of-6.

Nevada also had two players, freshman Dom Phillips and senior Marguerite Effa, each tally 11 points. Phillips accumulated her points late in the game, getting five of the 11 from the free throw line. Effa’s 11-point outing gives her points in double figures for the sixth consecutive game. She is averaging 18.3 points per game in that span.

New Mexico (12-10, 3-6 MW) held the upper hand in many statistical categories this afternoon and outscored the Wolf Pack in all but the fourth quarter. Nevada did improve its play in the second half, but trailed by 21 heading into the break and could not get it going enough in the second half to mount a comeback. A 17-0 run by the Lobos in the middle part of the second quarter gave the home team a decently sized advantage as the game neared halftime. New Mexico had its best offensive showing in the second, hitting 57.9 percent of its shots, including three triples.

Nevada will return home to Lawlor Events Center to host the Rams of Colorado State this Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. for the team’s Black History Month celebration.