San Diego State used a dominant fourth quarter to beat Wyoming in Monday’s first-round game of the Mountain West women’s basketball tournament in Las Vegas.
The No. 8-seed Aztecs were led by McKynzie Fort’s 22 points and advance to the quarterfinals against top-seed Colorado State at noon Tuesday.
The ninth-seeded Cowgirls (13-16) came within two points of the Aztecs (12-18) with just under two minutes left in the third quarter. But San Diego State sealed the deal in the fourth, when it went on a 17-0 run while forcing Wyoming to shoot 0 for 10 during the stretch.
Wyoming senior Marquelle Dent, who was named to the Mountain West’s First Team and All-Defensive teams for the second straight year, had a team-high 13 points in her final game with the Cowgirls.
Utah State 59, Nevada 35 – The Aggies’ defense all but paralyzed the Wolf Pack and Utah State cruised through its first-round matchup to advance to the quarterfinals against No. 2-seed Fresno State.
No. 7 Utah State held No. 10 Nevada to 18.6 percent shooting (18-59) for the game, including a fourth quarter when the Wolf Pack made just 2 of 13 from the field.
Offensively, the Aggies built a double-digit lead in the second quarter and outscored the Wolf Pack 15-4 in the final period to set up a third meeting with Fresno State this season.
Funda Nakkasoglu led the Aggies (14-16) with 18 points and was a perfect 6 for 6 from the charity stripe. Rachel Brewster added 12 and Antoina Robinson had 11.
Nyasha Lesure had seven points and 11 rebounds to lead Nevada.
UNLV 55, Air Force 42 – Aley Rohde scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Dakota Gonzalez added 14 points and Hanford alum Brooke Johnson 11 as the Rebels beat the Falcons for the 21st straight time at home.
Sixth-seeded UNLV (17-13) meets No. 3 Boise State (19-10) at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Air Force finished 1-29.
Mountain West Tournament
At Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas
First round: No. 8 San Diego State 62, No. 9 Wyoming 44; No. 7 Utah State 59, No. 10 Nevada 35; No. 6 UNLV 55, No. 11 Air Force 42
Quarterfinals: Noon, No. 1 Colorado State vs. No. 8 San Diego State; 2:30 p.m. No. 4 San Jose State vs. No. 5 New Mexico; 6 p.m. No. 2 Fresno State vs. No. 7 Utah State; 8:30 p.m. No. 3 Boise State vs. No. 6 UNLV
Semifinals: 6:30 p.m. CSU-SDSU winner vs. SJSU-NMU winner; 9 p.m. Fresno State-Utah State winner vs. Boise State-UNLV winner
Championship: Noon, semifinal winners