March 1, 2012
RENO, Nev. -
The University of Nevada women's basketball team snapped a nine-game losing streak Thursday afternoon, defeating New Mexico State 68-56.
With the win, Nevada improves to (6-22, 2-11 WAC) on the season, while New Mexico State drops to (6-22, 3-10 WAC).
New Mexico State looked strong from the start, jumping out to a 6-0 lead over Nevada. The Wolf Pack answered with three consecutive shots from downtown, two from Kate Kevorken and one from Danika Sharp. Aja Johnson's layup at the 12:20 mark put Nevada up 15-11. New Mexico State kept the score close as a jumper by Tabytha Wampler made the score 23-21. Nevada's defense in the first half was stifling as the team scored 13 points off of turnovers from the Aggies. Kate Kevorken had a strong half for Nevada, leading the team with 12 points to give the Wolf Pack a 37-28 lead at halftime.
Nevada scored five straight points out of the intermission to extend its lead to 14 before the Aggies went on a 6-0 run to make the score 42-34. New Mexico State continued to claw its way back in the game, getting within three points of Nevada on a layup by Hannah Womack at the 12 minute mark. Kayla Williams gave Nevada a little breathing room, pushing the lead to five on consecutive made shots from the free throw line. The Aggies got within two points of the Pack before Chanelle Brennan's successful three point play fueled a 6-0 Nevada run with three minutes left. The Pack buckled down on defense and had several key steals down the stretch to extend its lead to close out the Aggies, winning the game 68-56.
Kate Kevorken led Nevada with her fourth career double-double, finishing with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Kayla Williams had 15 points and Danika Sharp added 13.
Nevada will close out the regular season at home Saturday with a doubleheader with the men's team. The women's team will face the Lady Techsters of Louisiana Tech at 4 p.m. The men will also face Louisiana Tech, with a 7 p.m. tip-off.
Fans who attend the women's game will be given a ticket to the men's game up through halftime. Seniors Kayla Williams, Kate Kevorken, Amanda Johnson, and Christina Gough will be honored during a pregame ceremony.