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WKU Womens Basketball takes down Nevada at Missouri State Classic

Dominic Di Palermo
Guard Karris Allen (32) shoots a three pointer during a game against the Mercer Bears in the Diddle arena on Monday, Nov. 6, 2023.

WKU Women’s Basketball defeated the University of Nevada 66-60 on Dec. 20 in their first game of the Missouri State Classic. 

Nevada got out to a hot start to open the game, sinking two threes and taking a 12-3 lead in the first five minutes.

WKU proceeded to end the first period on a 11-2 run to tie the game at 14. 

The Wolf Pack dominated the second quarter, outsourcing the Lady Toppers 20-8 in the period. 

WKU responded, outscoring Nevada 14-2 to begin the third quarter to tie the game at 36. Nevada closed out the quarter with a 44-41 lead.

The teams traded buckets to begin the fourth before WKU went on a 8-2 run in the middle of the quarter to take a 56-50 lead. WKU closed out the game with a 66-60 victory.

Nevada struggled to make shots throughout the contest as they shot 34% from the field and 27.3% from three. On the other hand, WKU shot 41.2% from the field and 36.8% from three. The Lady Toppers shot 17-21 at the free throw line. 

WKU turned the ball over 15 times throughout the game, but also forced the Wolf Pack into 11 turnovers. 

Sophomore Acacia Hayes led the Lady Toppers in scoring with 20 points. Hayes scored half her points at the free-throw line, going 10-10. 

Senior Odeth Bethancourt was another important piece in the WKU win. Bethancourt scored eight points and recorded 11 rebounds.

The Lady Toppers now stand at 8-5 on the season, after winning two in a row. 

WKU will return to the court Thursday, Dec. 21 at 2:30 p.m. CT to take on Missouri State in its second contest of the Missouri State Classic. 

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