Jan. 10, 2012
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
The University of Nevada women’s basketball team ended non-conference play with an 85-76 win against CSU Bakersfield Tuesday evening.
With the win, Nevada improves to 4-11 on the season, while CSU Bakersfield drops to 3-17.
Nevada and CSU Bakersfield began the game close as the score was tied six different times in the first half. Freshman Aja Johnson provided a spark off the bench for Nevada, eclipsing her career high with eight points in the opening period. Johnson was inserted into the lineup at the 12 minute mark and reeled off eight straight points for the Pack. Nevada shot 57.7 percent from the field to lead at halftime 38-33.
Senior Amanda Johnson came out of the break looking to keep Nevada ahead by knocking down consecutive jump shots. The Roadrunners kept the game close by hitting three point shots as they went 5-11 from downtown in the second half. Nevada dominated the post, finishing the game with 66 points in the paint. Aja Johnson continued to add to her career night, ending the game with 17 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Kayla Williams was also a force down low. The senior collected her 18th career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Her six blocks in the game brought her career total to 102. CSU Bakersfield got within five points at the 4:37 mark, led by 24 points by Lauren Carter before the Pack ran away with the win.
Chanelle Brennan finished with a career high 17 points. Kate Kevorken just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds. Amanda Johnson rounded out the double digit scorers with a season high 12 points. Arielle Wideman was effective distributing the ball, finishing with a career high 12 assists.
Nevada will begin the regular season in its last year as a member of the Western Athletic Conference on the road against Fresno State Saturday.