Dec. 14, 2011
RENO, Nev. -
The University of Nevada women’s basketball team defeated Oregon 76-74 Wednesday evening to end a five-game losing streak.
With the win, Nevada improves to 3-7 on the season, while Oregon drops to 7-3.
Nevada’s offense sputtered to begin the game as Oregon jumped to an 8-1 lead in the first five minutes. The Wolf Pack came alive after the team’s first made field goal on a three point basket by Danika Sharp. Nevada carried the momentum to a 9-8 lead at the 15 minute mark. The teams battled back and forth with a total of 17 lead changes. Sharp proved to have the hot hand in the first half, knocking down five of her seven three point attempts. The Pack took a 44-32 advantage into halftime on a buzzer beater from downtown by Kate Kevorken.
Oregon came out of the break on a 6-0 run looking to cut into Nevada’s lead. Nevada composed itself and looked inside to their senior forward Kayla Williams to maintain the lead. Williams was effective on both ends of the floor, achieving her 17th career double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Kayla also recorded six blocks in the game which is third best in the program’s history. Oregon turned on the defensive intensity to tie the game at 74 with a minute left to play. Both teams had opportunities to pull ahead before Nevada received possession on a jump ball with 14 seconds left. Nevada inbounded the ball and found Kate Kevorken at the high post who got off a contested jumper that rattled home as time expired for the win.
Kate Kevorken lead Nevada with her second career double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Danika Sharp also scored in double figures with 19 points.
Nevada will hit the road again next week with a game against BYU in Provo, Utah.