Women's Basketball Wins Nugget Classic
The University of Nevada women's basketball team won the 2010 John Ascuaga's Nugget Classic hosted in Reno at Lawlor Events Center Saturday night. Nevada defeated San Diego State 63-61 in the Championship game improving to 5-1 on the year while the Aztecs drop to 1-4.
For the fifth time this year, Nevada was led by senior captain Tahnee Robinson who led all scorers with 20 points. Robinson picked up her fifth 20-point game of the year shooting 5-19 from the field with 9-11 from the free throw line. Fellow senior captain Shavon Moore dished in 16 points of her own with nine rebounds.
Robinson and Moore were both named to the all-tournament team while Moore was named the MVP. Moore had a double-double in the Wolf Pack's first game on Friday with 26 points and 12 rebounds hitting on 11 field goals.
The win over San Diego State marked the second time in three years Nevada has won its home tournament. The Wolf Pack lost to West Virginia in the championship game last season, but upset No. 7 Louisville for the title two years ago.
As a team Saturday, Nevada shot 33.9 percent, hitting three three-pointers. It was the first time in three games that the Pack was able to out-rebound its opponent taking a 41-35 advantage over the Aztecs. The Pack also improved on its turnover woes from earlier on the year committing just 14 on the night while forcing 16 with nine steals scoring 17 points off turnovers.
The game was a tight affair throughout the contest as the score was tied seven times and changed hands eight. While San Diego State fought Nevada tough all night, it never led after the 13:30 mark in the first half, but did tie it up late at 60 with just 54 seconds to play. Robinson proved to be the team's savior, fighting off the Aztecs' late rally, scoring six straight points in the final 1:25.
San Diego State was led by Paris Johnson, who was also named to the all-tournament team, scoring 19 points with seven boards. The all-tournament team was awarded after the championship game with Shavon Moore as the MVP while the rest of the team was named as: Jessica Bradley (SDSU), Paris Johnson (SDSU), Bonae Holston (NC State), Leah Cotton (Minnesota), Tahnee Robinson (Nevada).
Nevada will host Arizona Thursday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. The Pack will be looking to avenge an 84-57 loss in Tucson from last season before hitting the road to play at Washington State on Sunday at 1 p.m.