Jan. 2, 2012
RENO, Nev. -
The Lady Rebels of UNLV defeated the University of Nevada women's basketball team 74-63 Monday evening.
With the loss, Nevada drops to 3-11 on the season, while UNLV improves to 11-4.
The two rivals began the game close before UNLV managed to take control. Freshman Emily Burns received her first career start for the Pack. Nevada had its biggest lead of three points at the 15:10 mark, led by 15 first half points by Kate Kevorken. The Lady Rebels used a 28-17 rebounding advantage to get out in front, building its biggest lead of 10 points with two minutes left in the half. UNLV went into halftime with a 37-29 lead.
The Lady Rebels continued their dominance on the glass in the second half. UNLV had 28 offensive rebounds that led to 27 second chance points. Nevada showed some fight, cutting UNLV's 13 point lead to single digits with six minutes to go. Channelle Brennan and Kayla Williams led a strong performance from Nevada's bench that outscored UNLV's bench 32-18. Brennan finished the game with 14 points and six rebounds while Williams added 11 points and five rebounds. The amount of second chance points proved to be the difference in the end as the Lady Rebels claimed the win. Lenita Sanford led UNLV with a double-double, finishing with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Nevada was led by Kate Kevorken who pitched in 19 points and six rebounds.
Next up for Nevada is a trip to Cal State Bakersfield where the Pack will begin a four-game road trip.