RENO, Nev. – The Utah State Aggies rallied late to defeat the University of Nevada women's basketball team 84-72 Thursday evening. With the loss, Nevada drops to (5-19, 1-8 WAC) on the season, while Utah State improves to (17-7, 8-2 WAC).
Nevada looked sharp in the opening minutes as the team jumped out to a 16-6 lead to begin the game. Senior Amanda Johnson led the offensive charge by hitting two consecutive shots from beyond the arc. Kayla Williams dominated the post for Nevada, scoring 11 first half points. Devyn Christenson's three-pointer put the Aggies in front 32-30 at the 6:01 minute mark. The teams were tied 36-36 before a jump shot by Amber Smith fueled a10-0 Nevada run to give the team a 46-36 halftime lead.
Kate Kevorken extended Nevada's lead with a three-point shot to start the second half. Utah State battled back to cut Nevada's 13 point lead down to three at the 10:30 minute mark. Nevada answered with baskets by Amber Smith and Arielle Wideman to stretch the lead to eight. Utah State's Ashlee Brown and Devyn Christenson stepped up for the Aggies to get within striking distance of the Pack. Brown's layup with four minutes left in the game put the Aggies up 73-72. Nevada's offense sputtered late in the game as the Pack's last made field goal occurred at the 6:25 mark on a jump shot by Kayla Williams. Amanda Johnson was credited with the assist to bring her game total to eight, which moved her pass Traci Graham (2003-07) for third best on the program's career list. Utah State closed out the last six minutes of regulation on a 15-4 run to cap their comeback with an 84-72 win over Nevada.
Devyn Christenson led all scorers with 27 points. Kayla Williams led Nevada with 18 points. Kate Kevorken and Chanelle Brennan rounded out Nevada's double digit scorers with 14 and 13 points respectively.
Nevada will conclude its three-game home stand Saturday evening against Idaho at 7:00 p.m. All fans who wear a pink t-shirt are in for $2 in support of the "Pack It With Pink Night".