ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KOLO) – The Nevada women’s basketball team’s comeback bid fell short Saturday afternoon at New Mexico, losing to the Lobos 85-74.
The Lobos (19-3, 9-2 MW) came out firing in the first quarter, jumping out to an 8-0 lead before Nevada (8-14, 4-7 MW) called its first timeout of the game. The Pack starting chipping away at the early deficit, getting to within five points midway through the quarter after junior Camariah King knocked down a 3-pointer. Good defense kept the Lobos off the board for the next two minutes and allowed the Pack to get to within three after freshman Emma Torbert drew a foul on her layup and hit the ensuing free throw.
That was as close as the Pack got though in the first quarter as the Lobos stretched their lead out to nine ending the first quarter on a 10-4 run. New Mexico continued its hot shooting into the second quarter, only allowing the Pack to get as close as six points early in the period. The Lobos hit four triples in the second, but a triple by King to close out the first half sent the Pack into the break trailing 47-34. All in all, New Mexico shot 73.1 percent from the field in the first half to Nevada’s 37.8 percent.
The Wolf Pack wasted no time in its comeback bid as the second half started as King knocked down a 3-pointer on the team’s first possession to bring the deficit to 10 points. Nevada got it down to an eight-point game after a pair of free throws by senior Terae Briggs, but the Lobos quickly stretched the lead back out to 12. For the remainder of the third quarter, the Lobos would answer most Nevada baskets, keeping their lead in the 10-12 range as the period drew to a close.
Trailing by 11 entering the final quarter, the Pack came out swinging as the period began. Freshman Da’Ja Hamilton hit two triples on back-to-back possessions that brought Nevada within five with nine minutes still remaining. After New Mexico answered with a 3-pointer of its own at the 7:41 mark, the Pack kept battling, trying to chip away at the deficit. Nevada got to within six points with 5:52 left after Torbert layed it up and in, but that was as close as the Pack would get. The deficit fluctuated between 7-9 points for the next three minutes until UNM’s Aisia Robertson sunk a free throw with 1:54 left that gave the Lobos a double digit lead for good.
For Nevada, freshman Imani Lacy led the team in scoring with 20 points, the first 20-point game of her career. Lacy finished 10-of-16 from the field and added six rebounds to her stat line. The Wolf Pack had three others score in double figures as King totaled 13 points, Hamilton had 10 and senior Jade Redmon also scored 10 points. The Pack made eight 3-pointers in the game, led by three from King, tying its season-high.
Nevada will enjoy a midweek bye next week and return to the court Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. as it hosts Wyoming and celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day and holds an All-Sport Clinic prior to the contest.
-The Wolf Pack fell to 8-14 on the year and 4-7 in Mountain West play after an 85-74 loss at New Mexico Saturday.
-Freshman Imani Lacy led the Wolf Pack with 20 points, her first career 20-point game. Lacy finished the game 10-of-16 from the field and grabbed six rebounds.
-Nevada had three others score in double figures; junior Camariah King (13), senior Jade Redmon (10) and freshman Da’Ja Hamilton. Redmon has reached double figures in all 19 games in which she has played.
-The Wolf Pack made eight 3-pointers, which ties its season high and is the most it has had in a single game since Dec. 11.
-Nevada won the rebounding battle 34-33, led by seven by senior Terae Briggs.
-The all-time series between Nevada and New Mexico is now 10-3 in favor of the Lobos. New Mexico has won the last eight games over the Wolf Pack.