LAS CRUCES, N.M. The University of Nevada women’s basketball team dropped back-to-back games for the first
time this season, falling at New Mexico State, 70-49, Thursday night.
Nevada falls to 18-9 overall and 9-5 in the WAC while New Mexico improves to 20-6 overall and 10-3 in the WAC.
With two regular season games remaining, Nevada is two wins away from the first 20-win season in program history and is one win away from tying the program record for wins in a season (19). Nevada's win over Idaho on Feb. 16 gave Nevada its most overall wins under fifth-year head coach Kim Gervasoni (18).
Nevada went on a 7-0 run early and took a 7-2 lead over New Mexico State with 17:37 left in the half. New Mexico State went on an 8-0 run to take a 14-9 lead with 11:52 remaining in the first half before Brandi Fitzgerald hit a three-pointer to cut the Aggies’ lead to 14-12 with 11:40 left in the half.
Dellena Criner hit a pull-up jumper with 10:17 remaining in the first half to put Nevada back on top by one, 16-15. New Mexico State went up by two, 24-22, on a three pointer by Irma Kmitaite-Smith before Criner’s layup with 4:15 left put Nevada up 25-24.
Nevada, who shot 40 percent (12-of-30) from the floor in the first half, went into halftime tied with New Mexico State, 29-29. Johnna Ward, who was making her first career start for Nevada, led the Pack at the half with seven points.
New Mexico State opened the second half on a 12-4 run and took a 41-33 lead with 14:58 left in the game. The Aggies extended their lead to 14 points, 49-35, with 11:32 left in the game. New Mexico State continued to increase its lead, going up by 21, 60-39, with 7:34 remaining in the game.
Ward scored a team-high 15 points for Nevada while Keys grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds. As a team the Pack shot 29.1 percent (16-of-55) from the floor in the game.
Nevada will closeout its three-game road trip against La Tech in Ruston, LA on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT.