New Mexico State senior Kelsie Rozendaal scored a career-high 20 points but it was not enough to overcome a nine-point halftime deficit falling 68-56 on Thursday afternoon in Reno.
The Aggies fell behind by 14 points in the first minute of the second half but responded with a 6-0 run to cut the lead back to eight at 45-34. Nevada quickly built the lead to double-digits behind a three pointer from Kate Kevorken but New Mexico State would counter with an 11-3 run to cut the lead to just three points.
The Aggies pulled to within a single point with just under nine minutes remaining but Nevada would forge back ahead by five with just over six minutes remaining as they led 54-49. The Aggies would cut the lead to two points with 5:03 left on a free throw from Hannah Womack but the Aggies' offense would go cold in the final four and a half minutes as they'd go just 1-for-7 with three turnovers and just 1-of-4 from the free throw stripe. The Wolf Pack outscored the Aggies 14-4 over the final 3:23 to send the Aggies to their 22nd defeat of the season.
The Aggies jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in the first half but saw their lead quickly dissipate as Nevada would go on a 9-2 run. The two teams were tied at 11 with 14:31 left in the half but New Mexico State would score just one point over the next four minutes as Nevada built an 18-12 lead. After cutting the Wolf Pack lead to two at 23-21 with 8:22 left, the Aggies' offense would once again desert them as Nevada would go on a 7-0 run to take a 30-21 lead. The Aggies would cut the lead to five at 31-26 with 3:29 left but would score just two points the remainder of the half as Nevada took a 37-28 lead into the break.
The Aggies were just 8-for-19 from the free throw stripe in the game and hit 41.5 percent of their shots in the game, 41.7 percent in the first half and 41.4 percent in the second half. The Wolf Pack hit 51.9 percent of their shots in the first half but the Aggie defense clamped down in the second half allowing just 30.8 percent as the Pack hit just eight shots after the break. The Wolf Pack struggled from the free throw line in the first half hitting just 4-of-8 attempts but righted the ship in the second half hitting 14-of-17 (82.4 percent).
The Aggies fall to 6-22 overall and 3-10 in WAC play while Nevada improves to 5-22 and 2-11 in WAC play. The Aggies wrap up the regular season when they face Fresno State in Fresno on Saturday afternoon.