RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada women's basketball team fell to the Idaho Vandals 87-86 in overtime Saturday evening. With the loss, Nevada drops to (5-20, 1-9 WAC) on the season, while Idaho improves to (9-18, 4-7 WAC).
The Wolf Pack attacked the Vandals out of the gate, racing out to an 8-0 lead to start the game. Idaho answered with a 9-2 run to get within one point of Nevada. A three-pointer by Stacey Barr gave Idaho its first lead with 10 minutes to go in the half. Nevada reclaimed the lead on consecutive shots by Danika Sharp to bring the score to 21-18 at the 8:22 minute mark. Both teams exchanged leads for the next four minutes before Kayla Williams hit a three-point shot and a layup to put Nevada in front. Arielle Wideman knocked down a jump shot just short of the three point line as time expired to give the Wolf Pack a 38-34 lead at the half.
Chanelle Brennan kept up the offensive intensity for Nevada out of the intermission. The junior fueled an 8-2 Wolf Pack run by hitting back to back shots from the three-point line. Idaho chopped Nevada's 11 point lead down to two on a Adrie Shiels shot at the 10:22 mark to bring the score to 54-52. Kate Kevorken answered with a three-point shot to spark an 8-1 Nevada run. Both teams battled in the closing minutes, exchanging points at the free throw line. Nevada's final 10 points of regulation all occurred at the charity stripe. The teams were tied at 71-71 when Idaho missed a layup at the buzzer that sent the game into overtime.
Nevada looked to take control in the extra period as they sprinted out to a 10-2 run. Idaho got hot from beyond the arc to get back in the game. The Vandals tied the game at 84-84 on a three pointer by Alyssa Charlston with 15 seconds left to go. Kate Kevorken calmly responded at free throw line, knocking down two foul shots to give Nevada an 86-84 lead. Idaho raced down the court and found an open Charlston who buried a shot from downtown to give Idaho an 87-86 lead with two seconds left. Idaho scored its last 12 points from the three point line. Amanda Johnson's heaved a prayer from half court that fell short to give Idaho the win. Kayla Williams led Nevada with 23 points. Kate Kevorken and Chanelle Brennan each had 17 points.
Up next for Nevada is a visit to San Jose, Calif. where the team will face the Spartans of San Jose State Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.