Season ends for Nevada women's hoops in 72-67 loss in conference tournament

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Nevada women’s basketball team’s run at the 2019 Air Force Reserve Mountain West Championship ended in the quarterfinals Monday afternoon, losing to No. 1 seed Boise State 72-67.

In a rematch of last year’s MW Championship game, this year’s tournament contest between the No. 1 Broncos and No. 8 Wolf Pack had a similar feel. The game was back and forth and tightly contested for most of the contest. The two teams played to a tie after the first quarter, and Boise State built up a slight edge in the second, taking a two-point lead into halftime. The Broncos started to pull away midway through the third, staking an eight point lead with 1:07 to go in the quarter. Nevada was able to cut it to six though before the quarter break after freshman Imani Lacy made two free throws.

As the fourth quarter got underway, a jumper in the paint by freshman Emma Torbert made it a four point game. But the Broncos quickly went on a 6-0 run in the span of 45 seconds that forced Nevada to call a timeout. At the 5:58 mark of the fourth, Boise State scored its last field goal of the game and pushed its lead out to its largest of the game at 11 points. From there the Pack fought back, going on an 11-0 run to tie the game at 67 with 2:03. The run was kick started with a triple from junior Camariah King and capped off with a pair of free throws by freshman Essence Booker.

With 1:32 remaining, Boise State’s Rachel Bowers was sent to the free throw line, where she made one and gave the Broncos the lead once more. Bowers got a steal on the Pack’s next possession and forced Nevada to start fouling. BSU’s Ashanti Coleman stepped up to the free throw line and missed both of her foul shots, keeping Nevada in the game, trailing by one with under a minute left. A miscue on the ensuing Wolf Pack possession though gave the ball back to Boise State with 34 seconds left. The Broncos were sent to the free throw line two more times, hitting all four shots to seal the win and survive the comeback bid by Nevada.

Senior Jade Redmon took over for the Wolf Pack, scoring a career-high 25 points in her final collegiate game. Redmon finished 11-of-15 from the field and added five rebounds. Senior Terae Briggs also impressed in her final collegiate game, scoring 14 points and grabbing seven rebounds. King was the other Pack player to reach double figures, scoring 11 points and tying her season high of eight assists.

Boise State’s Braydey Hodgins was the difference maker in the game. Hodgins was the only BSU player to reach double figures but tallied a game-high 37 points. Hodgins hit three 3-pointers and was 14-of-15 from the free throw line. The Broncos also only committed eight turnovers, while Nevada had 23 in the game.

Postgame notes
-Nevada finished its 2018-19 season with a 12-18 overall record after an exit in the quarterfinals of the Air Force Reserve Mountain West Championship. The Wolf Pack nearly knocked off the No. 1 seed Boise State, falling 72-67.
-Senior Jade Redmon closed out her collegiate career with a career-high 25 points. She finished 11-of-15 from the field and collected five rebounds.
-Senior Terae Briggs scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds in her final collegiate game. She fell just seven points shy of becoming Nevada’s 14th 1,000 point scorer.
-Junior Camariah King also reached double figures with 11 points, knocking down three 3-pointers and tied her season high of eight assists.
-Nevada shot 50 percent for the game and was 50 percent from beyond the arc, which was well above its season average. Boise State shot under 40 percent from the field.
-Boise State’s Braydey Hodgins scored a game-high 37 points to lead the Broncos. She was the only Bronco to reach double figures. Hodgins hit three triples and was 14-of-15 from the free throw line.
-The Wolf Pack committed 23 turnovers to Boise State’s eight.
-Nevada head coach Amanda Levens is now 4-2 in the Mountain West tournament.
-The all-time series between Nevada and Boise State is now 41-17 in favor of the Broncos.