Rebounding proves key for NU |

Rebounding proves key for NU

The shooting was not there.

But the boards were.

And so was the all-important win.

Thursday night, Nevada Union’s Lady Miners rode a big second quarter and a strong rebounding effort to a 44-36 Metro League victory over Sacramento.

The win was the second over Sacramento this season, and keeps the Lady Miners tied for first in the Metro League. The victory was sealed when Andrea Sexton hit a trey with just over a minute left.

Sexton, getting extra minutes because of the absence of Kayleigh Correll, who was out with the flu, finished with five points. Molly Heck led NU with eight points, while senior guard Courtney Kephart chipped in seven.

“We always tell kids that it is better to be prepared and not have the opportunity than to not be prepared and get an opportunity,” NU coach Craig Strohm said. “(Andrea) was called upon tonight, and made the most of the opportunity.”

Megan Curtis led the Lady Miners’ rebounding surge with 12 with Sheena Zweigle and Heck adding eight boards. Perimeter player Mae Valdes scored five points and grabbed nine rebounds, five on the offensive glass. Emma Kite and Nicole Sheets also added five points in the win.

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