Essence Booker runs up-court while playing against Sacramento State. Booker wears an all grey and blue uniform.
Essence Booker was named the Wolf Pack Student-Athlete for her efforts against Utah Valley on Saturday, Nov. 16. Booker scored 16 points in the victory.

Led by head coach, Amanda Levens, women’s basketball captured their first road victory of the season, knocking off Utah Valley, 60-57. The victory pushes Nevada to 3-0, its best start since the 2010-11 season. 

Essence Booker led Nevada with 16 total points, shooting 5-9 from the floor and 2-3 from deep. Additionally, Booker had five defensive rebounds and four assists. 

Following on the heels of Booker was Dom Philips, who scored 14 points of her own. Philips rounded out her game with four rebounds. 

As a team, Nevada was edged out by Utah Valley in the field goal percentage. The Wolf Pack knocked through 39.7 percent of their field goals, while the Wolverines hit 46.3 percent of their shots from the floor. 

A solid third-period performance propelled the Pack to victory. In the third, Nevada knocked down 60 percent of their shots from the floor and all four of their free throws.

Nevada won the opening tipoff, off the hands of Imani Lacy. Nevada’s Alyssa Jimenez drew a foul to set the first score of the game. Jimenez hit 1-2 at the free-throw line, giving Nevada a 1-0 lead. 

Utah Valley responded with a 15-4 run over the opening 10 minutes of the game. 

The Wolf Pack climbed back into the game as the game approached the final six minutes of the first half. Nevada went on a 10-1 run, pushing the score to 16-15, Utah Valley. 

The Wolverines held on to a tight lead to close out the half, 27-23.

A 25 point third quarter helped propel Nevada back into the game and past Utah Valley.

As the final 10 minutes of the game approached, Nevada held a solid 10 point lead over the Wolverines, 48-38.

Utah Valley rallied with just under six minutes left in the game to bring the contest to within one. 

Unfortunately for the Wolverines, their defense just couldn’t slow down the Pack’s offensive attack. Nevada held on to a slight lead for the remainder of the game. 

The victory moves Nevada to 3-0 on the year. Nevada women’s basketball will remain on the road as they travel to Portland, Ore. to take on Portland State on Nov. 23. 

The Wolf Pack will then come home to play host as the host team in the Nugget Classic starting on Nov. 29 against Chicago State. 

Ryan Freeberg can be reached at rfreeberg@sagebrush.unr.edu or on Twitter @SagebrushSports.