Nevada holds on to defeat Air Force 64-59
RENO, Nev. (Nevada Athletics) - Nevada women’s basketball held off a late comeback by Air Force and defeated the Falcons 64-59 on Saturday at Lawlor Events Center.
Nevada opened the first quarter on a 7-0 scoring run and kept its lead through the first 10 minutes.
Following a basket by Roden, Air Force drilled a 3-pointer and made another jump shot to take the advantage with seven minutes to play in the first half.
Junior guard Gabby Rones ended a two-minute scoring drought with a bucket, answering the bell once again in the second quarter with a 3-pointer that allowed Nevada to move ahead 26-24 going into the locker room.
The Pack kept its lead for the entirety of the third quarter, with a layup by Ormiston and a jumper by Roden extending Nevada’s lead to nine points to start the final period.
Air Force chipped away at Nevada’s lead with a basket and a pair of free throws, but Jimenez came up with a steal after converting a layup that resulted in a Davis bucket with three minutes to play.
Not looking to go away quietly, Air Force forced a Nevada turnover following a free throw that resulted in a layup with 28 seconds to play.
The Falcons came up with another steal that made it a one possession game seven seconds later, but Nevada converted a pair of free throws to hold on and move to 2-1 in conference play. Nevada goes back on the road on Wednesday to take on New Mexico in Albuquerque at 6 p.m. PT.
- Nevada remained unbeaten when holding its opponents to under 60 points this season.
- The Pack has won two of its first three Mountain West games for the second consecutive season.
- Nevada picked up its 20th win over Air Force in the NCAA era.
- Junior guard Victoria Davis led Nevada with 11 points, the third time in her last four games where she has scored in double digits.
- Sophomore guard Audrey Roden pulled down a season-best six rebounds to go with 10 points.
- Junior guard Alyssa Jimenez picked up her fifth game this season where she has grabbed at least nine rebounds.
- Graduate student Megan Ormiston collected her third game in a row scoring in double digits.
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