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NEVADA USES BIG FOURTH QUARTER TO TOP WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 99-95

NEVADA USES BIG FOURTH QUARTER TO TOP WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 99-95

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - In a back-and-fourth game Sacramento State scored 35 points in the third quarter to take a nine-point lead to the fourth but Nevada outscored the Hornets 25-12 in the final period to record a 99-95 win on Wednesday night in The Nest.

Sacramento State (1-2) shot a season-best 42.4% from the field and outscored the much taller Wolf Pack 54-42 in the paint but Nevada (2-1) matched the Hornets with nine made 3-pointers and shot 16-of-19 at the free throw line while Sacramento State was just 8-of-15 at the charity stripe.

The Hornets led, 92-91, with just one minute and 30 seconds remaining, but Nevada shot 6-of-6 from the free throw line over the next 1:15 to pull ahead. It was still just a two-point game after a Hornet basket with 11 seconds left but Nevada was able to get a layup off a long inbounds pass to finish the win.

Senior Margaret Huntington scored a career-high 19 points for the Hornets, shooting 9-of-12 from the field to top her previous career-high of 18 points and totaling seven rebounds and two steals. Freshman Tiara Scott had a career-high 16 points to go with five assists and four steals while senior Emily Easom had 15 points and five rebounds.

Junior Dajhae Mullins had her best game as a Hornet with 13 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals in just 13 minutes and senior Ashlyn Crenshaw matched her career-high with seven steals, helping the Hornets force 30 turnovers for the third time in as many games this season.

Nevada led for most of the first half, going up by as many as nine points, but the Hornets ended the second quarter on a 5-0 run to trail just 52-48 at the break. Sacramento State caught fires in the third quarter, shooting 56.0% and knocking down five threes to outscore the Wolf Pack 35-22 and take a nine-point lead at 83-74 going to the fourth.

The Wolf Pack opened the fourth quarter on an 11-2 run and pulled even at 85-85 with 6:12 to play. Sacramento State shot just 26.3% overall and was 0-of-5 from 3-point range in the fourth while Nevada shot 61.5% and was 8-of-9 at the free throw line.

Nevada entered the game leading NCAA Div. I with 50 made free throws on 65 attempts and made 16 while shooting 84.2% at the line on Wednesday. The Wolf Pack shot 54.4% overall and were 9-of-22 (40.9%) from 3-point range while the Hornets were 9-of-35.

Senior Stephanie Schmid scored a career-high 32 points for Nevada, shooting 12-of-19 overall and 5-of-10 from 3-point range. Riana Everidge had 19 points and seven rebounds, T Moe had 16 points and nine assists, and AJ Cephas totaled 12 points and seven rebounds.

Sacramento State led the rebounding margin through the first three quarters but Nevada finished with a 47-41 advantage. The Hornets did have 19 offensive rebounds and outscored the Pack 21-7 in second chance points. There were eight ties and six lead changes in the game.

The Hornets head to Honolulu to compete in the Bank of Hawaii classic this weekend. Sacramento State will face New Mexico State at 5 p.m. Pacific time on Friday and take on Youngstown State at 4 p.m. Pacific on Sunday.