RENO, Nev. -
By Sean O'Sullivan, USU Athletic Media Relations
Utah State women's basketball (5-21, 3-12 MW) fell in overtime on the road at Nevada (12-13, 5-9 MW) by a final score of 85-78.
Utah State had five players score in double-figures, led by redshirt sophomore Victoria Price with 17. Junior guard Rachel Brewster and sophomore guard Olivia West each chipped in 15 points, while sophomore forward Shannon Dufficy collected 11 rebounds to lead USU on the glass.
Nevada was led by senior guard T Moe, who had a game-high 27 points, while chipping in seven assists and five rebounds. The Wolf Pack were led on the glass by senior forward Teige Zeller, who had a game-high 13 rebounds.
Sophomore guard Eliza West found Dufficy on the baseline for a jumper to put USU on the board and tie the game at 2-2, before Brewster hit a shot from the same spot to tie the game at 4-4. After trailing 11-6, Brewster followed her own shot, made a layup while being fouled and completed the three-point play, as the quarter ended with an 11-9 Wolf Pack lead.
Price opened the second-quarter scoring with a layup, but Nevada answered with a 8-0 run to take a 19-11 lead. Utah State cut the lead to six with a pair of free throws from Olivia West, however the Wolf Pack slowly extended the lead to 10 at the halftime break as the teams traded free throw attempts. Brewster drained a three with 24 seconds left, but a Nevada layup at the buzzer kept the double-digit lead for the Pack.
Utah State began the third quarter on an 8-2 run, featuring six points from Bassett and a pair of free throws by Eliza West. However, a three by Nevada kept the lead at seven. Both teams found themselves in the bonus by the 4:33 mark, and combined to shoot 16 free throws in the third frame. A pair of free throws from Olivia West cut the lead to one late, but a three by Nevada gave the Wolf Pack a four-point lead heading into the final quarter.
Price scored the opening three points of the fourth quarter, but Nevada slowed the game down with a timeout after scoring a transition jumper. Utah State flirted with a lead, cutting it to one multiple times on an Olivia West three and then layup, followed by a Dufficy layup.
The Aggies finally broke through for their first lead on an Eliza West layup with 5:32 remaining. The layup was part of an 8-0 run capped by a Price layup. Utah State would lead by as many as seven in the fourth, but a Nevada three with seven seconds left tied the game at 70-70.
In overtime, Nevada found an early two-point lead, but a pair of free throws from Brewster tied it back up at 76. A jump shot with 58 seconds remaining gave Nevada the lead, which it would hold for good until the final of 85-78.
Overall, Utah State shot 35.8 percent (24-of-67) from the field, including 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from three, while shooting 81.8 percent (27-of-33) from the free throw line. Nevada shot 40.7 percent (24-of-59) overall from the field, while shooting 36.4 percent (4-of-11) from three and 82.5 percent (33-of-40) from the charity stripe.
The Aggies return to action after a mid-week bye when they host Air Force on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m., in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Women's basketball tickets are available now. Fans can purchase season tickets, or on a game-by-game basis. A women's sports pass is also available for $75, giving fans access to all home volleyball, women's basketball and gymnastics events. Fans can purchase tickets at the Utah State ticket office, located on the first floor of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Tickets are also available online at utahstateaggies.com/tickets, or by calling the ticket office at (435) 797-0305 or (888)-USTATE-1.
Fans can follow USU women's basketball on Twitter, @USUWBasketball, on Instagram, @USUWBasketball, as well as on Facebook, at /USUWBB. Aggie fans can also follow Utah State Athletics on Twitter, @USUAthletics, on Instagram, @USUAthletics and on Facebook at /USUAthletics.
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