BOISE, Idaho -The University of Nevada women's basketball team collected its 19th win for just the third time in school history Saturday, winning at Boise State 74-57 Saturday night. Nevada improves to 19-7 (8-5 WAC) on the season while Boise State drops to 11-16 (2-11 WAC).
With the win Nevada is just one away from its first-ever 20-win season in program history. Two other teams have tallied 19 wins in a season with the 1999-2000 going 19-10 while the 1997-98 team finished 19-9. Saturday's win is the first for the Wolf Pack in Boise since 1998, and just the fourth all-time.
"We executed really well offensively tonight," head coach Jane Albright said. "We got a huge lift from the bench, which I thought was huge. Anytime you hold a team to six field goals in a half, a coach is going to be really pleased. A road sweep like this in February really puts a smile on a coach's face. Tahnee (Robinson) and Shavon (Moore), as usual led the team and played great, but I was especially proud of Nicole (Williams). She has really developed well in her senior season and scoring a season-high tonight was exceptional."
For the 19th time this season, senior Tahnee Robinson led all scorers with 27 points, her second-straight 27 point performance. Robinson racked up 18 points in the first half, and for the game hit 10-21 from the field with four threes, and eight rebounds. Nicole Williams set a season high with 18 points on 7-10 shooting and five rebounds. Shavon Moore scored 14 with seven boards and three steals.
"I really felt relaxed tonight," Nicole Williams said. "I've been trying to work on building my confidence all year and I just have keep putting in my head before a game that I'm not going to let anyone out there even have a chance of guarding me. I'm feeling really confident these last few games and it's starting to show. It feel good to have the chance to end my career by beating the record for wins. All of us just want to go hard every game and finish out this year with all we've got."
For the game, Nevada shot 26-60 from the field, with six threes. The Wolf Pack out-rebounded the Broncos 33-29 and committed the second fewest turnovers of the season with 13. The Pack forced the Broncos into 23 turnovers, scoring 24 points off those turnovers.
"It's been nice these couple of games to be able to play with my teammates and the confidence they've had in me," Robinson said. "They've been backing me and pushing me and they are a big part of the reason I've been able to get back on my game. I feel like I'm to playing like myself and that I've been able to get out of the rut I was in.
It's nice to be able to put my mark on Nevada. When I came here I wanted to do that and now I feel like we're doing it. It's especially great getting to share and celebrate things like wins records with not only such a great group of teammates but also these other seniors. They all deserve to go out big and we're going to make sure that happens."
The Wolf Pack is in the home stretch of the regular season as it will return to Reno for the final two home games of the season. Nevada will celebrate Native American day on Saturday, facing New Mexico State at 2 p.m. The Wolf Pack will then send of the senior class on Monday night, taking on Louisiana Tech at 8 p.m. on ESPNU