RENO, Nev. The San Diego State women’s basketball team had three players score in double figures as the Aztecs posted a 67-61 victory over Nevada Sunday afternoon at Lawlor Events Center.
Both teams traded baskets in the first half as neither team led by more than three until San Diego State went up 25-21 with 7:53 remaining in the first half. Nevada battled back to take a 34-29 lead with 3:05 left on a pair of baskets from Marianne Lombardi and Johnna Ward.
San Diego State tied the game at 34-34 with 20 seconds left in the half before Dellena Criner recorded a steal and found Jennifer Gross who hit a runner at the buzzer to put the Pack ahead 36-34 at the half.
Nevada opened the second half on a 7-2 run to increase its lead to 43-36 with 17:03 left in the second half. However, the Aztecs responded by going on a 14-2 run to take a 50-45 lead with 8:15 remaining and Nevada was never able to pull to within more than two points.
With nine seconds remaining in the game and San Diego State holding onto a three-point lead, 64-61, Criner kicked the ball out to Ward whose three pointer went off the rim and was rebounded by San Diego State.
“San Diego State outplayed us today. They were more physical, more aggressive and had more heart,” head coach Kim Gervasoni said. “We knew coming into this game that both teams would be very aggressive.”
Cherlanda Franklin recorded a team-high for Nevada in both points, 12, and rebounds seven. She was also 2-for-2 from three-point range. Lombardi ended the game with eight points, including six in the second half.
Quenese Davis (17 points), Paris Johnson (16 points) and Allison Duffy (14 points) each scored in double figures for the Aztecs.
Nevada will travel to the state of Washington to take on Eastern Washington on Nov. 15 and Gonzaga on Nov. 17. Nevada will face the Eagles on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and will take on the Bulldogs on Sunday at Noon.