Women's Hoops Finishes 2-0 in Caribbean Classic
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico - The University of Nevada continued its best-ever start to a season Tuesday, with a 74-70 victory over Ball State in the 2010 Caribbean Classic hosted at the Aventura Palace just outside of Cancun, Mexico. With the win, Nevada improves to 9-2 while Ball State drops to 5-6 on the year.
Fouls and turnovers plagued the Pack from early on. Point guards Amanda Johnson and Holly Jones each had two fouls in the first seven minutes of play leaving senior Johnna Ward running the point for most of the half. Nevada had 14 turnovers in the first half compared to just 11 for the entire game in its first outing of the classic on Monday. Johnson was able to make the most out of her return, leading the team with six points at the intermission.
The Wolf Pack had another stellar shooting night hitting on nearly 60 percent of its shots going 31-53 from the field. The Pack got out-rebounded for only the third time this season, 29-23 and committed 19 turnovers, but forced 22 on nine steals.
For the second time in the tournament, senior captain Tahnee Robinson led all scorers with 22, after scoring 18 in the second half. The reigning WAC Player of the Week and leading three-point shooter had to work for her points mostly in the paint going 1-7 from beyond the arc. Robinson did not connect on her lone three-pointer until the 2:06 mark in the second half to put the Pack up 72-66.
Fellow senior captain Shavon Moore came close to a second double-double in the tournament, scoring 15 points and seven rebounds. Moore was up against Ball State's leading scorer Emily Maggert under the basket who scored 18 with seven boards herself.
Nevada will now return back to the states to enjoy the holiday break before returning to action on the road. The Wolf Pack will travel to Utah, to play Weber State on Thursday, Dec. 30 before returning to host BYU on New Year's Day. That BYU game on Jan. 1 has been selected as Native American Day, which serves to honor the Native American community of Northern Nevada and was one of the highest attended games in Nevada history last year.