Dec. 8, 2011
LONG BEACH, Calif. -
The University of Nevada women's basketball team fell to Long Beach State 61-58 in overtime Thursday evening.
With the loss, Nevada drops to 2-6 on the season, while Long Beach State improves to 3-6.
Long Beach State began the game capitalizing on Nevada’s 15 first half turnovers, scoring 16 points off of them. Nevada struggled to get it going offensively, finishing the half with a total of nine field goals made. The 49ers took an 11 point lead into halftime led by Tipesa Morrer’s 13 points.
Nevada got back in the game in the second half on the shoulders of Kayla Williams and Chanelle Brennan. The two led a charge by Nevada at the 15 minute mark that cut the 49ers 14 point lead to one with nine minutes to go. Williams was a force down low with 16 points and eight rebounds before collecting her fifth personal foul late and exiting the game. Brennan had a record night, receiving her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Pack turned on the pressure defensively to build a six point lead with four minutes left. Long Beach State answered with a run of their own by forcing additional turnovers. The game was tied in the closing seconds when Long Beach State missed a jumper to win it.
The departure of Williams hurt Nevada in the extra period. The 49ers jumped out to a five point lead before Kate Kevorken answered with a three pointer with seconds to go. After a few misses from Long Beach State at the line Nevada was down by three with one last shot left. Nevada had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer when Kate Kevorken's three pointer barely missed its mark.
Nevada will conclude its three-game road trip Saturday afternoon with a game at Cal State Fullerton.