San Francisco, Calif. Despite a game-high 17 points from Brandi Fitzgerald, the Nevada women’s basketball team dropped its second straight game, falling 65-55 on Tuesday to San Francisco at War Memorial Gymnasium.
Sophomore Dellena Criner added 10 points for the Pack, which fell to 6-7 overall on the eve of Western Athletic Conference play. USF improved to 6-9 on the season.
Nevada trailed by as many as 12 points late in the second half but cut the lead to just four with under a minutes to play. But the Dons buried their free throws down the stretch and pulled away for the victory.
Freshman Marissa Hammond came off the bench and played a career-high 23 minutes for the Pack, scoring nine points and pulling down four rebounds. Senior Traci Graham added eight points for the Pack while Jessica Preslar scored six after some first-half foul trouble.
The Dons were led by Shay Rollins’ 16 points while Dominique Carter added 14 points for the home team.
Nevada trailed 29-26 at halftime as the Dons erased an early Wolf Pack lead with some hot shooting. USF hit 51.7 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes with Dominique Carter leading the way with 10 first-half points.
Nevada was paced by seven points from Fitzgerald in the first half with Graham adding six.
The game was Nevada’s last non-conference matchup of the season as the Pack will open up WAC play on Friday at Idaho. Nevada split with the Vandals last season as each team won on its home court. That is the third of the Pack’s current four-game road trip, which is the longest of the season. The road trip will conclude Monday with a nationally-televised (CSTV) game on Monday at Boise State.