RENO, Nev. Freshman Johnna Ward scored a career-high 22 points and led four Nevada players in double figures, but the University of Nevada women’s basketball team fell to Boise State 80-69 Thursday night.
With the loss, Nevada fell to 17-7 overall and 8-3 in the WAC while Boise State improved to 18-7 and 10-2 in the WAC. The loss to Boise State snapped Nevada’s 10 game home win streak. Prior to Thursday night, Nevada’s last loss at home was on November 11, 2007 to San Diego State.
The Broncos opened the game on a 7-0 run and increased its lead to as many as nine with 11:01 remaining in the first half. A jumper by Brandi Fitzgerald tied the game at 18-18 with 8:34 remaining and a three-pointer by Ward gave Nevada its first lead of the game, 21-20, with 7:35 left in the first half.
Nevada went up by four on two different occasions late in the first half, but Boise State took a 36-35 lead at the half.
Nevada jumped out to a four point lead to open the second half, as the Pack went up 42-38 with 17:54 left in the game. Nevada increased its lead to seven points, taking a 61-54 lead on a jumper by Ward with 8:48 left in the game before Boise State battled back and went up by six, 69-63, with 4:43 left in the game. The Pack could not get closer than four points the rest of the way as Boise State posted the 80-69 win.
“Boise State’s defense disrupted us,” Nevada head coach Kim Gervasoni said. “Their game plan worked. Our unforced turnovers hurt us throughout the game and that is more possessions for Boise State. We started sluggish and finished sluggish and Boise State had the momentum at the end.”
Nevada ended the game shooting 50.9 percent (27-of-53) from the floor while Boise State finished the game shooting 54.2 percent (32-of-59).
Fitzgerald scored 13 points for Nevada while Mikail Price added 11 and Cherlanda Franklin scored 10. Fitzgerald and Franklin each added a team-high six rebounds.
Nevada will host Idaho on Saturday at 6 p.m.