March 7, 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -
The University of Nevada women’s basketball team fell to the Utah State Aggies 75-66 in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Western Athletic Conference tournament Wednesday afternoon.
With the loss, Nevada ends the season (7-23, 3-11 WAC), while Utah State improves to (21-8, 11-3 WAC). The Aggies advance to the semifinals where they will face Louisiana Tech Friday at noon.
The game’s first five minute was close as Nevada got out to a 10-7 lead. A layup by Utah State’s Brooke Jackson at the 10:41 mark ended a six minute Aggies drought. Freshman Emily Burns provided a spark off the bench for Nevada in the first half with eight points. Burns provided quality minutes in the absence of Senior Kayla Williams who had to sit with early foul trouble. Utah State’s Jenna Johnson kept her team in the game with 10 points. Nevada attacked the Aggies in the paint, scoring 28 of its 32 first half points down low. Senior Kate Kevorken had a nice half offensively, leading the team with 10 points. A jumper by Arielle Wideman as time expired gave Nevada some momentum going into the break, where they led 32-28.
Utah State’s Brooke Jackson took charge for the Aggies out of the intermission. Jackson scored eight points in the opening minutes to help Utah State build a 50-42 lead. Danika Sharp answered with a three-pointer to keep it close. First team All-WAC selections Ashlee Brown and Devyn Christensen took over the game for the Aggies. Brown scored seven straight points to extend Utah State’s lead to 11. Christensen got hot from behind the three-point line, knocking down three in the second half. Nevada tried to fight back late, shrinking the Aggies 14 point lead down to 10 on a layup by Kayla Williams with 2:15 left. Utah State ran the clock down on their final possessions to defeat Nevada 75-66.
Kate Kevorken led Nevada with her fifth career double-double, finishing with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Kayla Williams had 10 points and six rebounds. Emily Burns tied her career high with 11 points.
Devyn Christensen led four Utah State double digit scorers with 18 points.