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Nevada women’s basketball team victory

OGDEN, Utah — The Nevada women’s basketball team claimed a tough victory over Weber State on Thursday, winning 74-72 at the Dee Events Center to improve to 10-2 on the season.
Nevada pulled out the victory, its fourth straight, despite being shorthanded. Leading scorer Tahnee Robinson returned home earlier in the day because of a death in the family. The win continued the best start to a season in school history. Three other Nevada teams had gone 9-3 (2007-08, 1999-2000 and 1985-86). For the game, Nevada shot 54.4 percent from the field, hitting six 3-pointers. For the ninth time this season, the Pack outrebounded its opponent, taking 35 over the Wildcats’ 27 and outscored Weber State in the paint 36-24, second-chance points 10-6 and fastbreak points 4-0. Nevada, down 45-33 at the half, outscored Weber State (4-7), 41-27, in the second half to pull out the win.
The Pack was led by senior captain Shavon Moore, who set a career high with 24 points. Moore hit 11-of-15 from the field, including her first 3-pointer of the season. Junior Kayla Williams picked up her eighth career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Williams, second in the WAC in blocked shots, added to her team-leading tally with three Thursday. Amanda Johnson added 11 points. Galena High School product Caitlin Anderson scored 26 to lead Weber State.
The Wolf Pack struck early, taking a 2-0 of a deep jump shot by Johnna Ward just inside the arc at the top of the key. The Pack then went on a scoring drought, allowing Weber State to build a 12-2 lead with just over 17 minutes to play. Moore then stepped up and began to take control of the offense scoring five unanswered points, leading the Pack to an 11-3 run.
The two teams than began to exchange fast-paced baskets on either ends of the floor. The Wildcats then built their biggest lead of the half at intermission, 45-33. Moore scored 15 at the half, while the Pack was shooting 50 percent from the floor. Nevada had allowed Anderson to rack up 17 points and Weber State to hit six threes as a team. The second half started with much of the same, but it didn’t take long for the Pack to get back in the game. Moore made the first two baskets of the second half for the Pack, but then Kayla Williams began attacking the basket, having scored nine of her second half points by the 10 minute mark putting the Pack down 57-53.
After early foul trouble took her out for almost the entire first half, Johnson went on a tear in the second half right alongside Williams. Williams regained the lead for Nevada with a layup to get up 64-62 with 5:48 to play. The remaining minutes of the game were a dramatic battle as the Pack was up just one, 71-70 as the game entered the final minute.
The game came down to the final two possessions. With the teams tied at 72, Moore hit a shot off a miss by Williams with 6.5 seconds left. Weber State then drove back down the floor and Justine Johnson drove the lane covered well by Ward and could a contested layup that had little chance of falling and the Wolf Pack pulled it out.

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