Wolf Pack women lose finale at SDSU; Nevada to face New Mexico at tourney

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Nevada women’s basketball team closed the 2019-20 regular season with an 81-68 road loss at San Diego State on Thursday.

The Wolf Pack (14-15, 7-11 MW) had to play catch up for a majority of the game as the Aztecs (14-16, 9-9 MW) grabbed the lead for good at the 4:01 mark of the first quarter. San Diego State used a 22-point second quarter where it held Nevada to under 36 percent shooting to start to distance itself from the Pack. SDSU’s Taylor Kalmer hit a 3-pointer with time expiring in the first half to send the Aztecs into the locker room at halftime up by 14.

The Aztecs continued to add to their lead in the third, outscoring Nevada 24-14, and found themselves with a 66-42 lead after three quarters of play. The Wolf Pack did all it could though to try and mount a comeback as the fourth quarter began. Nevada began the period scoring the first 11 points to cut the deficit to 13 with under seven minutes to play. After SDSU halted the run and extended its lead back up to 19, the Pack began chipping away again but time was not on its side. A 3-pointer from sophomore Essence Booker brought the Pack within 10 with 3:29 on the clock, but SDSU’s Monique Terry answered with a triple on the other end to all but seal the win for the Aztecs.

The Wolf Pack was led in scoring by senior Marguerite Effa who totaled a game-high 21 points, her third 20-point performance of the season. Effa was 6-of-11 from the field and 9-of-12 from the free throw line off the bench. Booker was right behind Effa scoring 19 points, which included a career-high five made 3-pointers. Booker also led the team with five assists and had no turnovers. Sophomore Amaya West also reached double figures as she added a career-high 15 points and fell two rebounds shy of her first career double-double. West played an all-around solid game, adding four assists to zero turnovers.

Nevada will be the No. 8 seed in next week’s Air Force Reserve Mountain West Championship and face No. 9 New Mexico this Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m. from Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.