Women's Hoops Wins Holds on in Final Seconds at Idaho
MOSCOW, Idaho -The University of Nevada avenged its first WAC loss of the season Thursday when it claimed a 69-63 victory at Idaho. Nevada improves to 18-7 (7-5 WAC) while Idaho falls to 13-11 (6-6 WAC).
With the win, Nevada now moves just two wins away from its first-ever 20-win season. Only two teams in school history has ended with 19 wins with the 1999-2000 team going 19-10 and the 1997-98 team going 19-9 under former head coach Ada Gee.
Nevada pulled out a second-half comeback Thursday night after going into the intermission down 29-26. For the 18th time this season, senior Tahnee Robinson led all scorers with 27, her sixth-straight game of 20-points or more. Robinson was the key to the second half comeback as she had just three points in the first half.
Senior Shavon Moore collected her 18th career double-double, seventh of the season, scoring 12 points with 10 rebounds. As a team, Nevada shot 45.6 percent, hitting 26-57 from the field with five three-pointers and 12-19 from the free throw line. Nevada out-rebounded the Vandals 41-27 and had just 14 turnovers.
The game was a dogfight from the beginning with seven ties and 12 lead changes. Idaho got up by as much as eight in the first half as did Nevada, but the second half was a tough fight all the way. Nevada held its biggest lead of the second half at six after Robinson hit her first three of the night at the 6:10 mark to go up 56-50.
Idaho got back to within one with 2:36 to play, but the Moore scored on a layup and senior Nicole Williams followed with a block and then followed a timeout with Robinson hitting another three to again go up six. Idaho was then forced to foul and Robinson and Moore hit enough down the stretch to get the Pack the win.
Nevada will now continue its road trip as it heads to Boise to take on Boise State, Saturday at 6 p.m. Nevada has won just three times in Boise, having not gotten a victory there since the 1997-98 season.