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Nevada women's basketball senior Arielle Wideman and her NetScouts Basketball USA Women's All-Star team recently completed their first international tournament in China, capturing the Shenzhen Tournament title.

The USA won all three games played to earn the tournament title. The team opened the tournament with a 98-45 blowout win over New Zealand. Wideman tallied six points, two rebounds, four assists and a steal in her debut for the USA Women's All-Stars.

Team USA continued to roll in game two, defeating Denmark 90-59 and shooting 51 percent (34-of-67) from the floor. Wideman chipped in a personal-best seven points, seven rebounds and one assist in the win.

The final game of the tournament for the Americans was slightly more contested as they downed China 80-65 to capture the tournament title. Team USA forced 24 turnovers and collected 16 steals in the game, and Wideman posted two points, two rebounds, five assists and one steal.

NetScouts Basketball ISA All-Stars head coach Chris Denker credited his guards following the win over China:

"Our guards really played well as a group, A.T. (Ariel Thomas) had her best game, Ari pitched in five assists, Alisha (Filmore) was all over the floor on defense and Amy (Kame) does so many of the little things to help you win."

During the three-game span, Wideman totaled 15 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and two steals. The Red, White, and Blue head to Nan'an, Fujian Province for another round-robin style tournament.

To follow the action, visit the NetScouts Basketball website by clicking here.

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Photo credit: NetScouts Basketball

150 Local Children Get Shoes as Part of Barefoot Basketball Promotion

Over 150 local children now have a new pair of Nikes thanks to the efforts of Nevada women's basketball coach Jane Albright.

In January, Albright made a personal donation and encouraged Wolf Pack donors and fans to support Samaritan's Feet, a global non-profit aimed at providing shoes for impoverished children. The donations allowed her to purchase 150 pairs of Nikes for three local organizations with all of the shoes benefiting children in northern Nevada.

In addition to encouraging the donations, Albright and her staff coached barefoot in the Wolf Pack's home game against UNLV in January to raise awareness for the cause.

According to Albright, the organizations said that many of the children had never had a new pair of shoes, wore shoes that didn't fit or didn't have laces or only had inexpensive flip-flops, even in the winter. She received cute thank you cards from the organizations, including a basketball shaped card signed by many of the children.

shoecard.JPGThe accompanying letter from one of the organizations said they were "grateful for the grand gift of Nike shoes provided for the forgotten youth in Reno/Sparks... it (is) a joy to see them with proper footwear. Thank you for providing such a necessary part of their wardrobe. The kids have been flashing their feet to show off their shoes."

Samaritan's Feet is a non-profit organization founded by Emmanuel Ohonme in 2003. Their mission is to equip 10 million impoverished children with 10 million shoes. Since beginning in 2003, Samaritan's Feet has helped more than four million people in 60 countries.

A special thanks to all of the Wolf Pack fans who contributed to the cause this year and helped buy shoes for local children. Albright plans to collect donations to support Samaritan's Feet again next basketball season.


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The Nevada women's basketball team had an unexpected guest during today's shootaround at Cal Poly, when former Nevada Track/Field All-American Jenni Ashcroft stopped by to greet the team. Ashcroft was a three-time conference champion in the pole vault for the Wolf Pack, winning the Big West championship in 2000 and WAC titles in 2001 and 2002. Ashcroft helped Nevada claim a Big West outdoor track championship in 2000 and second-place finishes at the WAC championships in 2001 and 2002.

The former Nevada great is in her first season at Cal Poly as an assistant coach for the Mustangs track and field program. Ashcroft spent the last six years coaching at Oregon.

The Wolf Pack women's basketball team will face Cal Poly tonight at 7 p.m. Follow Don Marchand with the live call on ESPN Radio 1450 AM or through a free Stretch Internet audio stream here.

Nevada women's basketball Clayton Middle School Visit

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Nevada women's basketball head coach Jane Albright and seniors Amber Smith and Markie Wilder recently took a visit to Clayton Middle School for "College Day Celebration". Coach Albright spoke to the students about the importance of education and encouraged the students to do their best both in the classroom and out of it. The students who were in attendance received a free white Nevada t-shirt to wear proudly around the community.  

For a photo gallery of the visit click here.


Women's basketball team retreat at Squaw Valley

1382290_160039217537827_1813075813_n.jpgThe Wolf Pack women's basketball team is currently busy working hard in preparation for the upcoming 2013-14 basketball season. The squad recently took some time up in Squaw Valley to hold a team bonding event, where the student-athletes and coaching staff completed ropes courses and other group challenges. Check out some of the photos from the retreat here.

Additionally, the team was out in the community recently, lending a hand as volunteers at the 2013 Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" event. Click here for photos of the day.
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For a complete photo gallery of both days visit the team's Nevada Women's Basketball Facebook page here.


Nevada Women's Basketball Gives a Hand to Habitat For Humanity

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Members of the University of Nevada women's basketball team and coaching staff spent some time out in Stead today to assist Habitat for Humanity. The group worked together to clear trash, debris, and other materials around a house that will be remodeled and prepared for a family to move into shortly.

For video of the visit click here

Robinson Named MVP of Chengdu Section of USA All-Stars China Tour


China0613WomenRobinson.jpgNetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars guard and former Nevada women's basketball player Tahnee Robinson was named MVP of the Chengdu section of the NetScouts Basketball Women's China Tour yesterday. Robinson and the USA team concluded the Chengdu section undefeated at 6-0.

 In the three games in Chengdu, Robinson averaged 10.3 points and 3.7 rebounds. Robinson came through with 15 points and seven rebounds in the USA's second consecutive close win over China 75-72. She made the final free throw to provide the final margin of victory.



Robinson Leads the USA Women's All Star Team to Victory Over China

Tahnee.jpgFormer University of Nevada women's basketball player Tahnee Robinson led the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars team with a team-high 15 points in a close 75-72 win over China yesterday. Robinson added seven rebounds and made a key free throw late to seal the win for the Americans who are 6-0 in tournament play.

The USA team has a two-game lead on the competition with China (4-2) and Australia and Hungary both 1-5.

Robinson and the team headed out on a flight to Shanghai this morning and will then bus to Changshu for the next three games which begin tonight.

For more information on the win click here.

Tahnee Robinson Heads to China With the USA Women's All-Star Team

Former University of Nevada women's basketball player Tahnee Robinson will join the USA All-Star Women's team in Beijing this week to compete in the Four Nations tournament.

The Four Nations tournament features the Chinese National "B" team, the Australia Rising Opals and the National team of Hungary in addition to the USA. The team, organized and coached by NetScoutsBasketball, will play a round-robin format in three cities for a total of nine games. The team will play six games in Jiangxi Province then play three games in Changshu, in Jiangsu Province. From there the team will head to Beijing to play two games against the China U19 National team. The team will return to the United States on July 1st.

Robinson was among the nation's scoring leaders with 22.1 ppg at Nevada in her senior year. She was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2011 WNBA Draft, becoming just the second Native American to play at that level. The guard averaged 16.5 ppg in Bulgaria this season.

For more information on the USA All-Star Women's team and Four Nations tournament click here.



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The Nevada women's basketball team will hold its second "Pack Gives Back" free clinic on May 11 at Lawlor Events Center. 20 spots remain for the clinic, which will go from 9 a.m.- Noon on Saturday. The free clinic is offered to girls aged kindergarten through eighth grade as a way of thanking the Northern Nevada community for its support during the season.

Registration will take place at the Virginia Street level entrance at 8:30 a.m. Participants will receive a free Nevada women's basketball t-shirt. Parents or guardians of interested girls are asked to call Nevada assistant coach Jacie Capra at (775) 682-6924 to register.