Nevada's defense can't stop Fresno State; Wolf Pack loses 79-63

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – The Nevada women’s basketball team dropped a 79-63 Mountain West contest Saturday afternoon to Fresno State.

The Bulldogs (11-4, 4-0 MW) got off to fast start, quickly jumping out to a 13-2 lead before a bucket by freshman Imani Lacy halted the run at the 6:44 mark of the first. Fresno State stretched its lead out to as many as 15 points in the opening quarter but the Wolf Pack (5-10, 1-3 MW) offense came to life near the end of the period. The Pack was able to cut the deficit down to eight points, twice, both on baskets from senior Terae Briggs. However, Fresno State’s Candice White hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left to give her team an 11-point lead after the first.

Fresno State held the upper hand in the second quarter as well, shooting over 50 percent from the field compared to 30 percent from the Pack. The Bulldogs were able to extend their lead out to 20 points at the 3:54 mark of the second but an 8-0 run by Nevada, which included back-to-back triples, brought the deficit back down to 12. Fresno State hit back-to-back 3-pointers of its own though to end the second quarter and take an 18-point lead into the break.

Nevada’s best quarter of the game came in the fourth, where it outscored its opponent 22-13 and shot 43.8 percent from the field. The Pack began the final quarter trailing by 25 points but was able to bring the deficit to 16 by the final buzzer. The closest the Pack got to the lead was 13 points with 23 seconds on the clock after a jumper from Camariah King.

Senior Jade Redmon led the Pack in scoring for a second consecutive game, totaling 17 points on the day. She will enter next week’s game against Boise State needing just one point to reach 1,000 in her collegiate career. Redmon also produced a season high with five assists. Briggs also reached double figures with 15 points and was 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Freshman Imani Lacy scored in double digits for the third time this season, adding a career-high 12 points.

Nevada remains at home next Wednesday, Jan. 16 to host Boise State in a rematch of the 2018 Mountain West Championship game.