Nov. 30, 2011
RENO, Nev. -
The University of Nevada women's basketball team lost a heart breaker in overtime to Pacific Wednesday night. The Tigers defeated the Wolf Pack 75-70, dropping Nevada to 2-4 on the season, while the Tigers improve to 3-3.
The Wolf Pack dug in defensively to open the game, recording nine team blocks in the first half. Senior Kayla Williams controlled the paint with five blocks and seven rebounds. Nevada and Pacific kept the game close as the score was tied a total of eight times. The Pack was effective getting to the foul line and converting, finishing 9-10 from the free throw line before taking a 10 point lead into half time.
Nevada continued to find ways to attack the basket in the second half and built a 10 point lead by the five minute mark. Pacific turned on the defensive pressure late by applying a full court press that rattled the Pack. Pacific guard Erica McKenzie kept things interesting by knocking down consecutive three point shots to cut Nevada’s lead to two with a minute left. The Pack had a chance to make it a two possession game on a missed layup before the Tigers connected on a jump shot to send the game into overtime.
The two teams continued to battle in the extra period by trading baskets on each end. Nevada took a one point lead with two minutes to go on a three point basket by Kate Kevorken. The Tigers answered back, hitting jump shots and free throws down the stretch to build a four point lead with 16 seconds left. Senior Amanda Johnson kept the game within reach, hitting a three pointer with seven seconds left. Pacific hit its free throw shots at the end to come away with the win.
Danika Sharp led Nevada with a team high 17 points, Kate Kevorken added 16, and Kayla Williams collected her 15th career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Up next for Nevada is a three game road trip that will begin Saturday against Portland State in Portland, Ore. The trip will conclude with two stops in Southern California, with Nevada facing Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton.