Women’s basketball loses in the first round of the Mountain West tournament


Carlos Rene Castro/The Collegian

Keely Brown puts up a shot on Feb. 28 in the last home game of the season.

By Alexis Bruno, Reporter

The Fresno State women’s basketball season ended with an overtime loss at the Mountain West Conference tournament.

On a brighter note, Fresno State senior guard Amaya West finished her last collegiate game as the Bulldogs’ top scorer, accumulating 18 points.

On March 5, the “Dogs were defeated by Nevada, 65-53, in the first round of the tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The Bulldogs came into the game sitting at the ninth seed. In the 2023 season, the ‘Dogs saw many last-minute losses.

Nevada started hot with a 4-0 run to take an early lead, but the Bulldogs responded quickly when West connected on two jumpers to tie the game 4-4.

After a cold streak for about three minutes, the Bulldogs went on a 9-0 run to take a 7-point lead, 15-8.

The Dogs’ closed out the first quarter leading 17-10.

The Wolfpack got off to a quick offensive start, getting into striking distance with a 7-1 run to cut their deficit to one point at the 7-minute mark.

Nevada continued to find success in the paint with a layup by Alyssa Jimenez to take the lead 24-23. Jimenez troubled the ‘Dogs, being top scorer of the game while going 9-for-15 from the field and 4-for-8 in free throws, totaling 23 points.

With two minutes remaining in the first half, the Bulldogs went on a 3-0 run to take back the lead 26-24.

Jimenez ended with a strong layup to tie the game 26-26 going into halftime.

The Bulldogs took the lead early in the second half with a jumper by forward Imani Lacy, but Nevada continued to pressure the defense.

A 6-0 run gave the Wolfpack a 4-point advantage at the 5-minute mark.

Nevada remained ahead until forward Aimee Book connected on a 3-point jumper with only five seconds on the clock to give the Dogs the lead.

The Wolfpack trailed 38-37 at the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the ‘Dogs stayed hot on defense, pressuring Nevada to miss five-straight attempts. This allowed the Bulldogs to go on a 7-0 run, making the score 47-41.

The ‘Dogs maintained a six-point advantage with just over a minute remaining, 49-43, in what seemed to be a secured win into the tournament’s second round.

Although Nevada trailed, it remained poised and came back in the final minutes of regulation.

Jimenez once again sparked the offense, taking the Wolfpack on a 6-0 run to tie the game with one second left on the clock.

The Dogs and Nevada ended the fourth quarter 49-49, to take them into overtime.

Fresno State started overtime, winning the jump ball to go up one point off of a free throw by West. This was the last lead the Bulldogs would have in overtime.

The Bulldogs were outscored, only making four points while Nevada put up 16. The Dogs were defeated, 65-53.

Fresno State closed out its 2023 season with an overall record of 10-22 and 3-15 in conference play.