RENO, Nev. – Playing its final regular season home game of the 2018-19 season, the Nevada women’s basketball team rolled to a 79-54 win Monday night over Air Force.
The Wolf Pack (11-17, 7-10 MW) was dominant in nearly every facet of the game. Nevada shot a season-high 58.8 percent from the field, which included over 70 percent shooting in the first and third quarters. From beyond the arc the Pack was even better, knocking down nearly every 3-pointer attempted, finishing the game 7-of-8 with its only miss coming on its final 3-point shot of the game. The hot shooting even translated to the free throw line as Nevada hit a perfect 12-of-12, its first perfect shooting night of the season from the free throw line.
It wasn’t just the offense that was on fire tonight either, the defense was superb as well. Nevada held the Falcons (8-20, 4-13 MW) to just 26.8 percent shooting for the contest, which included a 7.1 percent second quarter. The Pack also added four blocks by four different players and seven steals. The battle on the glass was a little bit closer, but Nevada won that as well, 32-31 and was led by eight from freshman Emma Torbert. Even the Pack’s assist game was strong tonight, dishing out its second-most of the season at 22, led by a season-high eight by junior Camariah King.
All in all the Wolf Pack had four score in double figures, led by a game-high 19 points from senior Jade Redmon. Redmon, whose streak of scoring in double figures was snapped last game, finished 7-of-11 from the field and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line. King got back to double digits for the first time since Feb. 9 with 12 points, 10 of which came in the first quarter alone. A pair of freshmen in Torbert and Essence Booker each added 11 points. Booker has scored in double figures in three straight games and finished 4-of-5 tonight, including 2-of-2 from beyond the arc.
The game itself was close for a majority of the first quarter, but Nevada grabbed the lead at the 8:07 mark of the first and never trailed again. The Pack was able to put some distance between itself and the Falcons near the end of the quarter after a triple by King with 10 seconds left gave Nevada a nine-point lead. The Wolf Pack really stretched things open in the second quarter, using a 15-3 run through the middle of the period to take a 21-point lead.
Nevada kept its foot on the gas coming out of halftime where it shot 71.4 percent in the third quarter. The Pack put up 25 points in that period and allowed just 14 to the Falcons. A jumper in the paint by Redmon with time expiring in the quarter sent the Pack into the final period with a 29-point lead, its largest of the game. Air Force won the fourth quarter battle, 15-11, but it was too little too late for the Falcons as time expired with the Pack ahead 79-54.
Nevada will wrap up the 2018-19 regular season this Thursday, March 7 with a 5:30 p.m. contest at San Diego State.
-Nevada improved to 11-17 overall and 7-10 in the Mountain West after a 79-54 win over Air Force. The Pack has one more regular season contest this Thursday at San Diego State.
-The Wolf Pack shot a season-high 58.8 percent and was 7-of-8 from behind the 3-point line.
-Nevada finished the first half shooting 60 percent, which was also a season high.
-The Pack dished out 22 assists, second most of the season. Junior Camariah King led the team with a season-high eight assists.
-Nevada was perfect from the free throw line for the first time this season, going 12-of-12.
-Senior Jade Redmon led the Wolf Pack with 19 points and was 7-of-11 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line.
-Nevada had three others score in double figures as junior Camariah King posted 12 points and a pair of freshmen in Essence Booker and Emma Torbert each contributed 11 points. For Booker, she has scored in double figures in three consecutive games.
-Emma Torbert came two rebounds shy of posting her second double-double of the season.
-Camariah King eclipsed over 600 points in her career during the game.
-The Wolf Pack defense held the Falcons to just 26.8 percent shooting from the field, including 7.1 percent in the second quarter.
-The all-time series between Nevada and Air Force is now 14-4 in favor of the Wolf Pack.
-Nevada honored its four seniors (Jade Redmon, Terae Briggs, Kristin Dearth and Delaney Gosse) following the game.