Granted with sudden eligibility, Carstens gets busy for Nevada

December 22, 2020

Bethany Carstens

University of Nevada women’s basketball player Bethany Carstens of Kenai made her Wolf Pack debut a year early.

Thanks to an assist from the NCAA.

The sophomore guard was going to redshirt this season due to traditional D1-to-D1 transfer rules, but last week the NCAA granted a blanket waiver that made all transfers immediately eligible to provide teams with more flexibility in the midst of the pandemic.

The ruling was made fewer than 48 hours before Nevada took the court against Fresno Pacific. Carstens made a brief appearance in the second quarter, committing a foul and missing a 3-pointer before going back to the bench for the rest of the night.

Last night, though, Carstens played a significantly larger role against Saint Mary’s. She logged 28 minutes, knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and finished with eight points and two steals as one of the first options off the bench.

Credit goes to Carstens for being ready to hit the ground running. She didn’t get caught slippin.

The NCAA granted waivers to players who were sitting out after transferring for the first time from a four-year institution, and only those who were enrolled full-time in the fall semester of 2020 would qualify.

Carstens, of Nikiski High fame, played her freshman season at Chicago State, where she started 17 of 27 games and finished second on the team in scoring at 12.3 points per game.

She led the team in 3-point percentage (.388) and her 54 made 3s ranked No. 9 all-time in school history for a single season.

Twice, she drilled at least one 3-pointer in 10 straight games – Nov. 5 to Dec 7 and then Jan. 2 to Feb. 13.