December 2012 Archives

Wolf Pack and Wolfpack

wpwp.jpgFormer NC State national champion and NBA player Tom Burleson visited with the Nevada women's basketball team over the weekend. Burleson, who is 7'2 (NC State listed him as 7'4), helped lift the Wolfpack to a 1974 NCAA Championship win over John Wooden's UCLA team. The center was drafted third by the Seattle Supersonics in the 1974 NBA Draft and was also a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team that lost an epic and controversial gold medal game to the Soviet Union. The entire 1972 Olympic Basketball team believed they had been cheated and voted unanimously to not accept the silver. In 2002, Burleson was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team honoring the fifty greatest players in Atlantic Coast Conference history.

Wolf Pack head coach Jane Albright's cousin Andy Albright (pictured in red), is also an NC State alum and set up the visit with his friend. Tom and Andy shared their past experiences and stories with the team as they get ready to face Wake Forest Monday afternoon.

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Wolf Pack Visits Assisted Living Home in North Carolina

PackNC.jpgResidents of the Edgewood Assisted Living Home in Burlington, North Carolina received a visit from the Nevada women's basketball team today. Head coach Jane Albright's aunt Amy Buckner lives at the home, where the team posed for pictures and sang Christmas carols with the residents. The team is in town preparing for a game Monday at Wake Forest.

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Swimming With Dolphins

20121220-4-8-012.JPGThe Wolf Pack women's basketball team is currently in Mexico, participating in the 2012 Cancun Caribbean Classic. The event organizers set aside various things for all the teams to do as part of their stay. Members of the team made a stop at "Dolphinaris" after practice Thursday afternoon to swim with dolphins.

The team fell yesterday to South Florida in the Caribbean Classic opener and will look to bounce back with a win against Miami-Ohio today.

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Wolf Pack Volunteers for Renown Holiday Party

Wolf Pack student-athletes, coaches and staff regularly head over to the Renown Children's Hospital to visit patients, and last week, a group of Nevada baseball, volleyball and soccer student-athletes took it upon themselves to help the hospital get ready for its holiday party.

Wolf Pack student-athletes wrapped presents to be given out at the party and then later went back to volunteer at the holiday party. Here are some great photos of the Wolf Pack student-athletes to get you in the holiday mood:

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Buck For Breast cancer

The University of Nevada track and field team is partnering with the Northern Nevada Susan G. Komen for the Cure this week to help raise money for breast cancer research. The team is out at the Joe Crowley Student Union holding a "Buck for Breast Cancer' drive during book buyback at the Nevada Wolf Shop.

Nevada student-athletes have a table next to the checkout area and are encouraging other students to donate one dollar in support of the cause.  trackkomen.JPG

Burton Named College Sports Madness MW POW

College Sports Madness has named Nevada guard Deonte Burton Madness Mountain West Men's Basketball Player of the Week for his exceptional performance during the past week. College Sports Madness identifies the highest impact players nationally and from each conference in our weekly feature. Check out the entire list at http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/mens-basketball/weekly-awards.

Burton averaged 27 points, two rebounds, three assists and four steals as the Pack split a pair of road games.   From the field he shot 54.5 (18-of-33) percent and made 14-of-18 (77.8 %) from the free throw line.

Burton began the week scoring a game-high 25 points in a 78-72 loss at Pacific.  He was good on eight-of-16 shots from the field and eight-of-11 free throws.  In addition he dished out four assists, collected two steals and had a block.

In the Pack's first road win of the season at Washington he scored a season and game-high 29 points as Nevada knocked off the Huskies 76-73.  The 29 points is the high by a Pack player this season, one more than his 28 at Marshall.  Of his 29 points 19 came in the second half and he scored 10 of the Pack's final 16 points of the game.  It was his fourth 20 plus point game of the season and his eighth consecutive double figure scoring game.  He made 10-of-17 shots, three-of-five 3-pointers and six-of-seven free throws.  All three of his 3-pointers made came in the second half as he was three-for-four from behind the arc in the second half.  Burton had a career-high six steals and added a pair of assists.  

After Washington rallied from and 18-point deficit to take a one-point advantage with 5:21 to play he converted a traditional three-point play to put the Pack in front 63-61.  Nevada would not trail again.  The Huskies got within a point at 67-66 but his 3-pointer increased the advantage to four, after a pair of free throws by UW he again hit a tough 3-pointer to make it a five-point game with 1:58 to play.  Washington scored two more and he added a free throw to make the score 74-70, giving him a stretch of scoring seven points in a row down the stretch.  He scored seven of Nevada's final nine points of the game and 10 of the final 16 for the Wolf Pack.

In two games versus UW Burton has scored 60 points, 31 last season and 29 this year.  The 31 points is his career high.

Prieto To Manage In Mariners Farm System

Former Nevada baseball player Chris Prieto will manage Pulaski Mariners located in Pulaski, Va.  Prieto is in his first season managing in the Mainers farm system.  Pulaski is a Rookie League team that competes in the Appalachian League.

Prieto earned second-team All-Big West Conference honors playing for the Wolf Pack in 1993.  He led the team with a .353 average and nine home runs in his only season at Nevada.  Originally drafted by San Diego he reached the major leagues in 2005 with the Anaheim Angels.


Just Do It

20121207_114424.jpgNike welcomed the University of Nevada women's basketball team to its campus in Beaverton, Oregon today. Nike N7 General Manager Sam McCraken and Project Specialist Izzy Yasana gave the team and staff a tour of the campus and a behind scenes look at their operations. The team is on a two-game Oregon road trip, facing Portland tonight and the Oregon Ducks Sunday afternoon. Check out the link below for a picture gallery of the visit.

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USA Today Story on Colin Kaepernick

Most Wolf Pack fans know the story of Colin Kaepernick's life, but with his success as the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback the last few weeks, the nation is learning about what a special person he is.

In case you missed it, here's a great story about Kaepernick by USA Today's Robert Klemko. It talks about his childhood, his family, his turtle and his NFL career so far.

The Pack Gives Back

Nevada's student-athletes are defined by their competitiveness to excel on and off the field.

That drive to be the best also extends to their community service efforts, so this year, the Wolf Pack has fully embraced the challenge of winning the Mountain West Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's Community Service Award.

Through the leadership of Nevada's Student-Athlete Advisory Council, the Wolf Pack has already logged over 1,000 hours of community service so far this year toward its goal of winning the challenge among league institutions.

Those hours have included reading in schools, visiting hospitals, holding camps and clinics, raising money for their fellow students who are also young mothers and giving out safe Halloween candy as well as volunteering at the Race for the Cure, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, the Tough Mudder, the Reno Balloon Races and the Animal Ark just to name a few.

The Mountain West school that tallies the most community service hours will be presented with an award at the Mountain West Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas in March.

To see some photos of the community service the Wolf Pack has been involved in so far this year, check out this photo gallery (the Nevada photos start around photo No. 20).

For more information about the Wolf Pack's community service efforts, click here.

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