RUSTON, La. – The University of Nevada women's basketball fell to Louisiana Tech 77-63 Thursday evening. With the loss, Nevada drops to (5-16, 1-5 WAC) on the season, while Louisiana Tech improves to (11-10, 4-2 WAC).
Louisiana Tech got out to a 14-8 lead over Nevada, hitting all six of their field goals attempts in the first five minutes. The Lady Techsters shot 64.5 percent from the field in the opening half while Nevada shot 35.3 percent. LA Tech built their biggest lead of the half to 18 points with production down low. The Lady Techsters scored 26 points in the paint to 14 by Nevada. LA Tech's Shantale Bramble-Donaldson's 14 points led the Lady Techsters to a 48-31 halftime lead. Amanda Johnson led Nevada in the half with seven points.
The Lady Techsters increased their lead to 20 points out of the break before Nevada responded to close the gap. The Pack cut LA Tech's lead to 11 points on a jump shot by Chanelle Brennan at the 14:19 mark. LA Tech answered back by getting the ball inside to extend their lead to 19 with nine minutes remaining. Nevada had one last charge in them, battling back to get within 10 points of LA Tech with 2:39 left to go. The Lady Techsters tightened up defensively and didn't allow the Pack to get any closer, winning the game 77-63.
Chanelle Brennan led Nevada with a game high 17 points and eight rebounds. Shantale Bramble-Donalson finished with 16 points for LA Tech. Nevada will close out its road trip Saturday afternoon against New Mexico State.