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Sister Act: Portland State grad transfer Kylie Jimenez joins sister, Alyssa, at Nevada

Kylie Jimenez
Kylie Jimenez will join Nevada as a graduate transfer after four seasons at Portland State. (Scott Larson/Portland State athletics)

The Nevada basketball team has landed a commitment from grad transfer Kylie Jimenez, the older sister of Wolf Pack sophomore Alyssa Jimenez.

Kylie, a 5-foot-6 guard, spent the last four seasons at Portland State and will have one season of eligibility at Nevada. She is expected to be eligible for the upcoming season.

Jimenez was one of the most accoladed players in Portland State history. She was the Big Sky freshman of the year in 2018 and a two-time All-Big Sky third-team honoree in 2020 and 2021. She made the All-Big Sky honorable mention team in 2019 when she was named to the conference's all-tournament team. Jimenez also started all 122 games during her Portland State career and was the third player in school history to tally at least 1,000 points, 500 assists and 250 steals.

Last season, Jimenez averaged 9.0 points, 3.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. She shot 29.8 percent from the field, including 23.8 percent from three. During her first three seasons at Portland State, Jimenez averaged 10.9 points, 4.5 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game while shooting 37.2 percent from the field, including 35.1 percent from three.

A strong ball-handler and good defender, Jimenez could step into Nevada's starting lineup next season as a two-way point guard. She'll join her sister, Alyssa, who started 30 out of 31 games for Nevada as a freshman in 2019-20 before suffering a season-ending injury three games into last season. Jimenez was averaging 5.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals through those first three games.

The Jimenez sisters played against each during the 2019-20 season, an 80-75 Vikings win. Kylie Jimenez had 11 points, seven rebounds and four steals on 2-of-9 shooting in that win.

Nevada had two open scholarships this offseason. Kylie Jimenez is the team's first known addition.

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