Nevad's Terrance Green and Kirk Snyder scored 20 points each to lead Nevada over San Jose State 86-59 Thursday night in frigid Reno.
Todd Okeson added 16 points for the Wolf Pack (9-8, 4-3 Western Athletic Conference).
Keith Everage had 17 points to lead the Spartans (4-11, 1-5). Brandon Hawkins added 11 points.
Nevada led 42-29 at halftime. After San Jose State cut the lead to 44-35 with 17:48 left in the game, the Wolf Pack went on a 21-3 run over the next seven minutes to put the game away.
Snyder, who also had 11 rebounds, had eight straight points during the run as Nevada opened a 65-38 lead with 10:37 to play.
The Wolf Pack led by as much as 30 points in the second half. The Spartans are still on the learning curve, so look for more improvement as the weeks wan on.
The Spartans face Fresno State saturday night in foggy Fresno.
SAN JOSE, Calif.— The San Jose State University women's basketball team hung through a surging Nevada team to snap a three-game losing streak and remain undefeated at home in Western Athletic Conference games with a 63-30 win Thursday night at The Event Center. The game was marred by 47 combined turnovers, including 28 by the Spartans.
The Spartans (7-8, 3-3 WAC) led by as much as 14 points against the Wolf Pack (7-10, 0-7 WAC) in the first half, only to see the lead cut to four at the break. The sluggish Spartan defense allowed Nevada to come with three points seven times during the second half.
"We need to be more energetic than we were tonight," remarked San Jose State head coach Janice Richard. "We should have been able to put them away in the first half, but we let them come back and almost win the game."
Trailing by six heading into the last minute of play, Nevada's Ashley Bastian hit a three-pointer from the right baseline to bring the Wolf Pack within reach of tying the game.
San Jose State freshman guard Kim Sheehy hit her first basket of the game with 27 seconds to go to give the Spartans some breathing room at 62-57.
Bastian then missed a chance to pull it within two on a three-point attempt. Spartan junior guard Cricket Williams was fouled and made one free throw to give the Spartans a six-point lead, 63-57, with eight ticks on the game clock. Nevada's Kate Smith hit a three-pointer with just one second on the clock to close out the scoring.
Williams, junior guard Jessica Kellogg and junior forward Tatiana Taylor all scored 16 points. Williams recorded her third double-double nabbing 11 rebounds, barely missing a triple-double.
Just two Nevada players scored in double-figures. April Bankston and Bastian each had a game-high 18 points. Bankston also led the team with six rebounds. Laura Ingham had a team-high eight assists.
The Spartans will face Fresno State on Saturday night while Nevada will head to Hawaii. Fresno State is playing Hawaii tonight, before heading to San Jose to meet the Spartans at The Event Center. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (PST).