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Nevada Women end skid with commanding win at home


image001-2581434-5820920RENO, Nev. – The Wolf Pack women’s basketball team snapped a two-game skid with a 79-62 win over Cal State East Bay Monday night at Lawlor Events Center.

With the win, Nevada improves to (3-2 MW) on the season, while Cal State East Bay drops to (3-4 CCAA).

Nevada senior Amber Smith got her first start of the season and hit a jumper to spark a 7-0 Wolf Pack run to begin the game. Pioneers forward Jamie LaVanway knocked down a three at the 16:28 mark to end the run and the Cal State East Bay scoring drought. A three-point play by Terilyn Moe gave the Wolf Pack a 24-13 lead with 8:12 to play in the first half. Nevada freshman guard Iman Lathan beat the halftime buzzer with a basket to give the team a 45-28 lead. Danika Sharp led the Wolf Pack at the half with nine points.

A pair of made free throws by Sharp extended the Wolf Pack lead to 53-31 with 15:20 on the clock. Center Mimi Mungedi matched Nevada’s largest lead of the game at 66-45 with a lay-up with 7:28 to play in the second half. A 6-0 Pioneers run cut the deficit down to 66-51 with a little over six minutes left in regulation. Cal State East Bay closed the gap to 71-58 with 3:05 to go, before Nevada went on to win the game 79-62.

Nyasha LeSure notched her first career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds on a perfect 5-5 shooting from the field. Danika Sharp led all scorers with 19 points. Sharp connected on her 139th career three-pointer to move within two of passing Tahnee Robinson (2009-11) for fourth place on Nevada’s all-time list. Mimi Mungedi added 13 points.

The Wolf Pack will remain home this week to host its annual John Ascuaga’s Nugget Classic at Lawlor Events Center. Nevada opens the tournament Friday against Idaho at 5 p.m. Cal and Wake Forest will close out day one at 7:30 p.m.

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