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Former Nevada women's basketball starter Emily Burns and her NetScouts Basketball USA All-Star team have been busy over the past week, competing in a series of five games.

Through five games, Burns and her squad are 3-2, with two wins coming over the Czech Republic and one victory over our neighbors from the north, Canada. After dropping the opener to China, the team bounced back to earn its first win over the Czech Republic, 64-53. Burns pulled down five rebounds and posted two points in the victory.

Team USA has now won two in a row after rolling to an 82-55 win over the Czech's once again, and a 63-48 win over Canada. While scoring has mostly come from other sources on the team, Burns is being praised for solid defending and rebounding during her time on the court, averaging about five rebounds per game.


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The morning after defeating the Academy of Art, 74-51 in an exhibition contest, the University of Nevada women's basketball team came straight back to Lawlor Events Center bright and early Saturday morning to host a free skills clinic. The Wolf Pack coaching staff and student-athletes ran the clinic from 9 a.m. to noon for girls in grades 1-8, with about 70 girls in attendance. Drills included shooting, passing, dribbling, defense, among others and all participants received a free t-shirt.
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Members of the University of Nevada women's basketball team and coaching staff put on a local clinic this past Wednesday, Oct. 15 for students at Hidden Valley Elementary School. The clinic, which featured five Nevada student-athletes and four members of the coaching staff, was put on for sixth grade boys and girls attending Hidden Valley. With over 60 kids in attendance, the clinic was spearheaded by Nevada assistant coach Julie Rousseau and ran about an hour and a half long. The Pack set up a number of stations for drills, including shooting, ball handling, footwork, passing, defense and lay ups. The coaches and student-athletes also addressed the kids during the clinic about college life and playing at the Division I level. At the conclusion of the clinic, players took time to sign autographs for everyone in attendance.

Nevada women's basketball head coach Jane Albright is presenting a free webinar on Wednesday, July 16 at 4 p.m. PST. The webinar will center around leadership and Coach Albright's experiences from being mentored by legendary UCLA coach John Wooden. The webinar will serve as a professional development opportunity for coaches who are looking for ideas to implement in their programs. The title of the webinar is "John Wooden Leadership Ideas: Including the Pyramid of Success."

The webinar is hosted through Head Coach Academy, who provides CEO training for head coaches, and aspiring head coaches, in every sport. Those interested in tuning into the webinar can click on the following link:

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Former Nevada women's basketball guard Tahnee Robinson will continue her professional playing career with Basket ROW Rybnik (BLK), a team based in Poland. Robinson enters her fourth season of professional basketball, having played last season for Elizabeth-Basket in the Ukrainian Higher League. In 22 games last year, Robinson averaged 12.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game, helping her team to the league title. She was selected to the All-Ukrainian Higher League second team for her play in 2013-14. Prior to her time in Ukraine, Robinson played at Neftochimic (NBL) in the Bulgarian League where she put up 16.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in 15 contests. Again, she earned a spot on the Bulgarian League second team and All-Imports team. During her first professional season in Europe, she participated in an Israeli League, playing at Elitzur Holon. Robinson became Nevada's first WNBA selection in 2011, being drafted in the third round by the Phoenix Mercury.

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Wideman finishes her run in China

Senior Arielle Wideman concluded her international run with the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Star team in China with three wins, securing a perfect 9-0 record for the Americans during their stay overseas.

Team USA began its final three-game stretch at the Jiujiang tournament and opened with an 88-45 win over Slovenia in front of a crowd of 2,000 people. As had been the case for much of the team's run in China, the Americans jumped out to a huge lead, taking a 25-8 advantage over Slovenia. Wideman finished the game with one point, one rebound and two assists.

During game two of the tournament, Team USA scored its lowest point-total of its nine games played, but still managed to defeat Australia 60-38. The team forced 15 turnovers in the first half and outscored the Australians 33-8 by halftime. Wideman posted eight points, three rebounds and two steals in the contest.

The Americans captured the Jiujiang tournament title and completed a perfect 9-0 run in China, by defeating the Chinese 66-54, the closest margin of victory of the nine game stretch. Wideman collected five points and seven rebounds during her final game.

"I'm thrilled for these young women, they played extremely well as a TEAM all nine games," USA head coach Chris Denker said. "They were a cohesive unit in everything they did for the entire duration of the tour and I'm very proud to have been associated with all of them in representing our country. I can't say enough about each and every one of them, they are a great group of people, cheers to them!"

For the nine games, Wideman totaled 51 points, 31 rebounds, 16 assists and seven steals.
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Senior Arielle Wideman and her NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars team continued to dominate in China, extending their record to a perfect 6-0 and capturing the Nan'an Tournament title.

The team opened the tournament with a convincing 81-51 win over Slovenia. Although the score would indicate otherwise, Team USA had to overcome a sluggish start to the game. Slovenia jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter and held a 17-9 advantage after one period. However, the Americans forced 12 first-half turnovers and outscored Slovenia 24-9 in the second quarter to take a lead into halftime. Wideman's nine points in the game marks her highest point total during the six games played in China. She added two assists, one rebound and a steal, as well.

From there, Team USA went on to defeat Australia 85-48 in game two of the Nan'an Tournament. Solid defense once again led the Americans to a huge lead, jumping ahead 21-3 after the first quarter, and 43-21 at the half. Australia finished the game with 20 turnovers. Wideman turned in a strong performance, posting eight points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal.

To wrap up the tournament and claim the title, the USA downed host-country China, 77-55. The team built up a 17-point led at halftime and dominated on the boards, outrebounding the Chinese 63-33 for the game, including 34 offensive rebounds. Wideman contributed with five points, three rebounds, one assist and a steal in the victory.

For the tournament, Wideman totaled 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. The Americans head to Jiangxi Province for the final tournament of their China Tour. The team returns to the United States this Saturday (May 2).

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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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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.

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.

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