UNR entered last year’s Mountain West women’s tournament as the No. 7 seed but advanced to the championship game, losing at the buzzer to Boise State.
Do the Wolf Pack have another run in them?
No. 8 UNR, which got three big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter by Emma Torbert on Sunday to beat No. 9 San Jose State 78-68 in a first-round game, will find out quickly. The Wolf Pack (12-18) face top-seeded Boise State (25-4) at noon Monday at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Though the Broncos won both regular-season meetings, one was by just a point.
“They kind of had a double-digit lead the whole game,” Wolf Pack coach Amanda Levens said. “When they’re firing on all cylinders, they’re just so dangerous because they can score at every position even when they sub.
“And so for us, we’re pretty much the underdog. But for our team, we also believe that we can compete with anybody. Can we win? I don’t know. We’ll find out (Monday).”
Against San Jose State (6-24), Jade Redmon led the Wolf Pack with 19 points and Torbert scored 15. Danae Marquez scored 19 for the Spartans.
With two starters back from last season, this isn’t the same UNR team. But there are lessons from that run that apply this week.
“I think the returners who played here have a sense of confidence,” Levens said. “We don’t visit this venue all season, so coming back, even for me, there are a lot of great feelings and memories of just how fun that tournament was for us last year.”
Redmon is one of those confident players.
“I think from last year we learned that in the tournament it’s anybody’s game,” she said. “And it’s just a matter of coming out and playing a complete game.”
Mountain West women’s results
■ San Diego State 63, Air Force 55 — Mallory Adams scored 20 points to lead the seventh-seeded Aztecs (13-17), who next play No. 2 New Mexico at 6 p.m. Monday. Riley Snyder, Haley Jones and Kaelin Immel each scored 12 points for No. 10 Air Force (8-22).
*Utah State 62, Colorado State 59 — The No. 11 Rams failed to get a final shot off on their final possession with 8.4 seconds left, allowing No. 6 Utah State to escape with the victory. Olivia West led the Aggies (16-14) with 13 points. Lore Devos scored 14 for Colorado State (8-22). Utah State plays No. 3 Wyoming at 8:30 p.m. Monday.
Mark Anderson Review-Journal