Jan. 14, 2012
FRESNO, Calif. -
The University of Nevada women's basketball team opened WAC play with an 85-67 loss against Fresno State Saturday evening.
With the loss, Nevada drops to (4-12, 0-1 WAC) on the season, while Fresno State improves to (13-4, 1-0 WAC).
The Bulldogs raced out to an 11-0 lead on eight straight points by Alex Sheedy. Nevada fought back to take the lead with 12 unanswered points. Freshman Aja Johnson continued her impressive play off the bench for the Pack, leading the team with six first half points. Fresno State got hot from behind the arc, connecting on 8-16 of their three point attempts. The Bulldogs led at halftime 42-31.
Nevada came out of the break determined to get back in the game. The Pack cut the Bulldogs lead to eight at the 15:32 mark, converting on five of its first six shots. Chanelle Brennan was aggressive attacking the Bulldogs defense, leading Nevada with a team high 13 points. Fresno State went on an 18-6 run to build their biggest lead of the game to 20 with 10 minutes left to play. The Bulldogs continued to hit their long-range shots, finishing the game shooting 45 percent from behind the arc. Seven of Fresno State's 10 players made a three-point basket as the team hit 14-31. The Pack won the battle in the paint, scoring 44 points to the Bulldogs 24 down low. Fresno State's ability to knock down the three proved to be the difference as the Bulldogs won 85-67. Fresno State was led off the bench by Veronica Wilson's 18 points.
Nevada will continue its four-game road trip with a match up against Idaho next Thursday.