Wolf Pack falls apart in third quarter in loss to Colorado

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – A third quarter surge pushed Colorado past the Nevada women’s basketball team Friday afternoon, 65-52, to open play in the annual Nugget Classic.

The Buffaloes (4-0) used a 17-1 advantage in the third quarter to overcome a one-point halftime deficit and take a 43-28 lead into the final period. The Wolf Pack’s (1-3) lone point in the quarter came on a free throw by freshman Amaya West at the 2:37 mark. Colorado held Nevada scoreless from the field as the Pack went 0-of-12 in that 10-minute span.

Despite trailing by 15 entering the fourth quarter, Nevada fought back and outscored the Buffs in that final period, 24-22. The Pack had one of its best offensive quarters of the season in the fourth, putting up 24 points. Nevada was able to cut the deficit to 12 a few times throughout the quarter, but that was as close as the Pack would get. The Buffs made just nine field goals in the fourth, but four of the nine came from beyond the arc.

The Wolf Pack had three players reach double figures in the game as seniors Terae Briggs and Jade Redmon and freshman Essence Booker all scored 11 points each. Booker, who came into the game leading the Mountain West in 3-point shooting percentage, finished the game 5-of-9 from the field and knocked down a three in the early part of the contest. She added three rebounds, two steals and an assist in her 24 minutes on the floor.

For Redmon, she is the only Pack player to reach double figures in scoring in all four games to open the season. She also added a career-high four steals to her line and three assists. Briggs, who sat for most of the first half in foul trouble, came on late and finished the game 4-of-7 from the field. Freshman Imani Lacy fell just one point shy of reaching double figures for the first time in her career, and two rebounds shy of recording her first double-double.

Nevada will conclude the 2018 Nugget Classic with a 2 p.m. matchup against Pac-12 foe USC this Sunday.