Wolf Pack crushes Stanislaus State in 'When I Grow Up' game

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RENO, Nev. – Playing in front of a season-high 4,036 fans in the seventh annual ‘When I Grow Up’ game, the Nevada women’s basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 75-52 win over Stanislaus State.

The Wolf Pack (2-6) played arguably its best overall game of the season on Tuesday, setting season highs in a number of statistical categories. Nevada grabbed 51 rebounds on the day, outrebounding the Warriors by a 51-37 margin, and connected on 43.1 percent of its shots from the field, also a season best. Perhaps the most notable stat from the game was the Pack’s 23 assists, shattering its previous season high of 14.

Nevada got strong play from a couple of its veterans in senior Terae Briggs and junior Camariah King, both of whom recorded double-doubles. For Briggs, it marked her third double-double of the season and was the first double-double of King’s career. Briggs finished the game with a game-high 20 points, on 9-of-13 shooting, and collected 10 rebounds. It was her second 20-point game in the past three contests. For King she contributed 12 points and grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds, with her previous career high being seven. King also led the way in 3-point shooting, knocking down four from beyond the arc. Another notable individual performance came from junior Mikayla Christian, who got her first start in a Wolf Pack uniform. Christian dished out a career-best seven assists and had just one turnover in her 21 minutes on the floor.

The game was competitive for the first 20 minutes with the Warriors outscoring the Pack in the second quarter. Stanislaus State hit over 50 percent of its shots in that second period to close the gap to five at halftime. The Warriors were able to keep the Wolf Pack in check in the first half, holding the rebounding margin to just two and forcing nine turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

Nevada came out firing though in the third quarter, putting up 25 points. After the Warriors scored five of the period’s first eight points, it was all Wolf Pack after that. Starting at the 7:47 mark of the third, Nevada went on a 12-0 run to extend its lead to 16 with under four to play in the period. The Pack defense played lights out in the third, holding the Warriors to just 16.7 percent shooting and did not allow them to make a field goal for the last 3:46 of the quarter.

The Pack took a 21-point lead into the final quarter of play and did not let up on its opponent. The two teams traded 3-pointers to start the quarter and continued to trade buckets the rest of the period. Nevada scored its final basket with 27 seconds left in the game, securing the 23-point win, on a layup from junior Delaney Gosse, her first career points.

Nevada remains at home to host Big 12 foe Texas Tech this Saturday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m.

Postgame notes
-Nevada snapped a four-game losing streak after a 75-52 win over Stanislaus State and improved to 2-6 on the year.
-The seventh annual ‘When I Grow Up’ game brought in a season-high attendance of 4,036 fans.
-The Wolf Pack registered a season-high 23 assists and 51 rebounds in the game.
-Nevada’s eight made 3-pointers was also a season high, led by four from junior Camariah King.
-The Pack shot 43.1 percent from the field in the game, a season high.
-Junior transfer Mikayla Christian got her first start in a Wolf Pack uniform and finished with a career and game-high seven assists and just one turnover.
-Junior Camariah King recorded the first double-double of her career after a 12-point, 12-rebound day. Her 12 rebounds are a career-high, breaking her previous best of seven.
-Senior Terae Briggs notched her third double-double of the season, and second in three games, with 20 points and 10 rebounds. It marked Briggs’ third career 20-point game and second of the season. Briggs also went over 500 rebounds for her career.
-Freshman Imani Lacy recorded her second game in double figures this season, finishing with 10 points and added a career-best four assists.
-Junior Sami Dinan played a career-high 16 minutes coming off of the bench. Her previous career high was two minutes.
-Junior Delaney Gosse scored the first points of her career in the fourth quarter.
-The all-time series between Nevada and Stanislaus State is now 5-1 in favor of the Wolf Pack.