Dec. 22, 2011
PROVO, Utah -
The University of Nevada women's basketball fell to BYU 84-53 Thursday afternoon.
With the loss, Nevada drops to 3-8 on the season, while BYU improves to 11-2.
Nevada opened the game strong, battling BYU to a 16-14 lead eight minutes into the game. BYU applied a full court press to take the lead and control of the game. The Cougars shot an impressive 64 percent from the field in the opening half while Nevada struggled, connecting on 29 percent of its attempts. BYU's center Kristen Riley carried the Cougars to a 44-22 halftime lead with 13 points.
The offensive woes continued for the Pack in the second half as they went without a made field goal until the 16 minute mark. BYU was dominant in the paint, ending the game scoring 36 points down low. The Cougars committed to the full court press for a large part of the half to keep the game in hand.
Danika Sharp led the team in scoring, finishing with 14 points. Arielle Wideman and Chanelle Brennan also finished in double figures, scoring 11 and 10 points respectively.
The Pack will return home to host the Peppermill Holiday Classic next week. Nevada will open the classic Thursday, December 29 against Long Island at 2 p.m. Oklahoma State and Mississippi State will play in the second game at 4 p.m. In day two of the classic, the consolation game will take place at 5 p.m. followed by the championship game at 7 p.m
Both days are Pup Club days as members who receive free entrance, are invited to form a tunnel for the women's basketball team to run through, and to stand on the court during the National Anthem. Pup Club members wishing to participate should congregate at the Nevada bench with 10:00 minutes to go on the pregame clock. Be sure to wear your Pup Club shirt and lanyard.
Church groups are also invited to attend the two days for free. Fans wishing to take part in the promotion simply need to bring in a church bulletin on both days to get four people in for free.