Top-ranked UConn beats Nevada 88-57 in Williams' homecoming

Reno — Kia Nurse scored 27 points, hitting all eight of her 3-point attempts, and Gabby Williams added 18 points in her homecoming to help No. 1 UConn beat Nevada 88-57 on Tuesday night.

It was a season-high for Williams, who was playing her first game at Nevada's Lawlor Events Center since she her high school team to a state title in 2012. Her father, Matt, and sister, Kayla, both played basketball at Nevada.

Azura Stevens added 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Huskies (6-0), who shot 63 percent from the field.

It was the highest-ranked team that Nevada ever played and the game drew 7,815 fans — the most in state history for a women's game.

UConn jumped out to a 31-12 lead after the first quarter, but Nevada (3-3) didn't go away. The Wolf Pack constantly challenged the Huskies and got them to turn the ball over 17 times.

Teige Zeller led Nevada with 17 points. Sophomore Camariah King added 15 points, hitting five of six 3-pointers.

UConn is the highest ranked team a Nevada women's basketball team has ever played. The previously highest-ranked team Nevada played was then-No. 4 Louisiana Tech in 1987.

Notes

UConn: Coach Geno Auriemma won the 997th game of his career. He's three victories short of becoming the third women's basketball coach to reach the 1,000 victory mark.

Nevada: Nevada played its first nationally televised game in program history. ... The previous highest-ranked team Nevada played was then-No. 4 Louisiana Tech in 1987.

Up next

UConn: The Huskies return home Sunday to face No. 3 Notre Dame in the Jimmy V Classic.

Nevada: The Wolf Pack head to the Maui Classic for a first-round matchup Friday against No. 21 Oregon State.

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