Nevada holds on to defeat Air Force 64-59

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 the Lawlor Events Center.

Junior guard Victoria Davis led Nevada with 11 points, while sophomore guard Audrey Roden scored 10 points to go with a season-high six rebounds.

Graduate Megan Ormiston added 10 points and junior guard Alyssa Jimenez pulled down nine rebounds, her fifth game of the season with at least nine boards.

Nevada opened the first quarter with a 7-0 run and held the lead through the first 10 minutes.

After a basket by Roden, Air Force drilled a 3-pointer and made another jump shot to take advantage with seven minutes to play in the first half.

Junior guard Gabby Rones ended a two-minute scoring drought, answering the bell once again in the second quarter with a 3-pointer that gave Nevada a 26-24 lead heading into the locker room.

The Pack held its lead throughout 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 on 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 go 2-1 in conference play. Nevada returns to the road on Wednesday to face New Mexico in Albuquerque at 6pm PT.

Postgame notes

Nevada went undefeated when holding its opponents under 60 points this season. The Pack has won two of its first three Mountain West games for the second straight season.Nevada earned 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 she has scored in double figures. Sophomore guard Audrey Roden grabbed a season-best six rebounds to go with 10 points. Junior guard Alyssa Jimenez won her fifth game this season in which she has grabbed at least nine rebounds.Graduate student Megan Ormiston tallied her third straight game in double figures.

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