RENO, Nev. – Posting one of its best offensive games of the season, the Nevada women’s basketball team overtook visiting Colorado State 74-63 Wednesday night.
The Wolf Pack (10-11, 3-7 MW) connected on 50 percent from the field, its best field goal percentage in a single game this season. Nevada shot the ball well all night long, hitting over 40 percent in all four quarters, including a 64.3 percent performance in the opening 10 minutes. Part of that hot shooting was connecting on eight 3-pointers for just the fourth time this season. The Pack was led in the long ball category by a pair of freshmen as Jená Williams and Alyssa Jimenez combined to make five of the team’s eight triples.
Both Williams and Jimenez enjoyed career nights, scoring in double figures for the first time in their collegiate careers. Williams was electric, totaling 15 points and added a season-high six rebounds, four assists and no turnovers. Jimenez was equally impressive as she tallied 12 points and five assists to just one turnover. It was sophomore Essence Booker though who led the Pack in scoring, recording 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Fellow sophomore Imani Lacy also reached double figures, adding 13 points after knocking down 60 percent of her shot attempts.
As for the game itself Nevada barely trailed, holding the lead for over 38 minutes. The Wolf Pack outpaced the Rams (10-11, 4-6 MW) in all four quarters, its biggest advantage being a five-point swing to end the first quarter. The game had its fair share of runs as the Pack would often build up a double-digit lead, the Rams would cut it to a handful of points, and the Pack would go on another run to put some distance between itself and its opponent.
The momentum really seemed to shift heavily in the Pack’s favor near the end of the third quarter. Holding on to a five-point lead with 1:01 to go, Nevada scored four very quick points to bump the lead to nine heading into the final period. On a CSU possession, sophomore Da’Ja Hamilton stole the ball and hustled back to the Nevada end of the court where she dished it off to an open Lacy for two. On the ensuing Rams inbound, Jimenez stepped in front of the pass under the basket for another quick two to put the Pack up by nine.
The fourth quarter was the Pack’s most complete period, keeping pace with its double digit lead for most of the 10-minute span. The closest the Rams would get in the final quarter was seven points with 7:37 still to play. As the period went on, Nevada mostly kept the advantage within the 10-12 point range. Colorado State got the deficit back to nine after a made 3-pointer with 54 seconds to play, but Booker hit a pair of free throws down the stretch to seal the win for Nevada.
Nevada remains at home to host Boise State this Saturday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., the athletics department will host National Girls and Women in Sports Day with a Family & Kids Fair and All-Sports Clinic inside Lawlor Events Center.