Women's Basketball to Open WAC Play Thursday Hosting San Jose State




~ GAME 14 ~


Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008 * 6 p.m. (PT) * Lawlor Events Center * Reno, Nev.


TV/RADIO: None/ESPN Deportes AM 1450; Ben Deach; Pregame 5:45 p.m.

INTERNET: Live stats and live streaming video (nevadawolfpack.com)

SERIES HISTORY: San Jose State leads the all-time series 19-11

LAST MEETING: Nevada won both meetings over San Jose State last season, beating the Spartans 74-47 at home on Jan. 13 and posting a 70-52 victory over SJSU in San Jose on Feb. 17.


About This Game

Nevada will open conference play this week, hosting San Jose State on Thursday at 6 p.m.  The Pack is 1-3 in conference openers under Kim Gervasoni with Nevada picking up a win over Idaho last season to open WAC Play.  Nevada is 11-19 all-time against San Jose State, but the Pack won the last two meetings against the Spartans, beating San Jose State 74-47 at home on January 13, 2007 and posting a 70-52 victory over SJSU in San Jose, Calif. on February 17, 2007.  Nevada is 7-7 all-time against the Spartans at home.   


About the Nevada Wolf Pack

The Pack closed out its non-conference schedule with a 65-56 loss at Utah Valley University on Jan. 2.  Cherlanda Franklin (14 points, 12 rebounds) recorded a double-double as Nevada finished its non-conference schedule 9-4.  On Dec. 30, the Pack beat San Francisco 66-44 behind 18 points from Dellena Criner, 12 from Shavon Moore and 11 from Mikail PriceNevada posted an 84-63 win over intra-state rival UNLV on Dec. 28 to give Nevada its first win over the Rebels since 1999.  Criner (22 points) led four Nevada players in double figures in the win.  Nevada beat CS Fullerton, 82-57, on Dec. 16.   The Pack had five players (Criner, Moore, Price, Johnna Ward and Franklin) score in double figures in the win.  On Dec. 9, the Pack beat UC Riverside 62-52 behind Moore’s first career double-double, scoring 15 points and adding 10 boards.  Criner (14 points) and Price (11 points) also scored in double figures for the Pack. As a team this season, Nevada is averaging just under 70 points per game (68.5) while holding its opponents to under 65 points per contest (62.3). Criner (16.2 ppg) and Price (11.4 ppg) are the Pack’s leading scorers while Franklin leads the team in rebounding, averaging 4.9 rpg.  The Pack is coached by Kim Gervasoni who is in her fifth season with Nevada and has a 50-84 overall record.     


About the San Jose State Spartans

San Jose State is 1-13 overall this season and is 0-1 in conference play.  The Spartans fell at Utah State 68-58 on Jan. 5 in Logan, Utah.  The Spartans are led by Natalie White who leads the team in points per game (15.1), rebounds per game (6.4) and free throw percentage (80.4%).  Brittany Powell is second on the team in both points per game (8.3) and rebounds per game (5.0).  As a team, the Spartans are averaging 58.5 points per game while their opponents are averaging 70.7 points per contest.  This season San Jose State is shooting 37.2 percent from the floor compared to their opponents who are shooting 43.2 percent from the floor. The Spartans are coached by Pam DeCosta who is in her first season. 


Follow the Pack

On the Air (AM 1450 ESPN Deportes): All of Nevada’s home games, will be broadcast on AM 1450 (ESPN Deportes).  In addition, nine road games and the WAC Tournament will be broadcast.  On-air duties will be handled by Dan Gustin, Don Marchand and Ben Deach.  A complete broadcast schedule can be found on page five of this release. 


Live Stats: All of Nevada’s home games this season and selected road games will have live stats and will be available online at the following link.   http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/liveStats/liveStats.dbml


Live Streaming Video:  All of Nevada’s home games this season and select road games will have live streaming video and can be found online at the link below. 



Nevada/Hawai`i Game Sunday is “Dollar Night”

The Nevada/Hawai`i game on Sunday, Jan. 12 is dollar night.  All tickets, small sodas, popcorn and cotton candy will all be available for $1.


News and Notes

- Nevada finished its non-conference schedule 9-4 which marks the best non-conference finish under Kim Gervasoni and the most non-conference wins in program history since the 1999-00 team finished its non-conference schedule 11-4.  Nevada also recorded the fewest non-conference losses (4) since the 1999-00 season.   


- Junior Cherlanda Franklin recorded her third career double-double at Utah Valley University, scoring 14 points and adding a career-high 12 rebounds.    Franklin also recorded a double-double against Cal Poly on November 11, 2006 (10 point and 10 rebounds) and another against Hawai`i on March 3, 2005 (10 points, 10 rebounds). 


- This season the Pack has had seven games in which Nevada has had at least three players score in double figures (Stephen F. Austin, Southern, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, CS Fullerton, UNLV and San Francisco).  Nevada is 6-1 in games in which at least three players scored in double figures.


- Nevada has not dropped below .500 all season.  The Pack has been at .500 twice this season (1-1 and 2-2) but Nevada has been above .500 since Nov. 22.


- Nevada’s 84 points over UNLV on Dec. 28 marked the most points the team has scored under head coach Kim Gervasoni and the most points by a Nevada team since the Pack scored 84 over Eastern Michigan on December 1, 2002. 


- Nevada held UNLV to a season-low shooting percentage from the field, holding the Rebels to just 32.8 percent shooting. 


- Against CS Fullerton on Dec. 16, Nevada had five players (Dellena Criner, Mikail Price, Shavon Moore, Johnna Ward and Cherlanda Franklin) score in double figures marking the first time since February 13, 2003 that the Pack had five players score in double figures. 


- With its win over San Francisco, Nevada improved to 9-3 this season and tied the program record for best start through 12 games.  The 1999-00 and 1985-86 teams also started the season 9-3. The 1999-00 team recorded the best start in program history (11-3).  


- Brandi Fitzgerald, who recorded three steals versus UNLV, has 146 career steals and looks to join Dellena Criner (154 career steals) as the only two current Pack players with at least 150 career steals.  


- Nevada has scored at least 60 points in 11 of its 13 games this season including scoring a season-high 84 points in a win versus UNLV on Dec. 28. 


- Nevada held San Francisco to a season-low 44 points.  Prior to that Dec. 30 game, the fewest number of points Nevada allowed was 43 in Nevada’s 49-43 win over Idaho on February 18, 2006. 


- Dellena Criner scored in double-figures in 10 consecutive games from Nov. 15 to Dec. 30 and is averaging a team-leading 16.2 points per game.  For her career, the junior guard has recorded 42 double-digit scoring games including 10 20-point games and one 30-point game.  


- Nevada has held 11 of its 13 opponents to under 70 points this season, including holding five opponents (Santa Clara, 51; Stephen F. Austin, 55; Southern, 52; UC Riverside, 52; and CS Fullerton, 57) to under 60 points per game.  In addition, Nevada has held one opponent, San Francisco, to under 50 points (44).    


- Dellena Criner is one of just two players in the WAC to have recorded at least 30 points in a game this season and has scored the most points in a game (32) of any player in the conference this season.  Her 32 points are the most by a Pack player since Kate Smith (2000-03) scored 36 points in a win over Air Force on January 8, 2000. 


- Shavon Moore has been the Pack’s leading rebounder or been tied for the team lead in rebounds five times this season (vs. Santa Clara, five; Eastern Washington, seven; Southern, five; UC Riverside, 10; and UNLV, seven). 


- The Pack has had four different players as Nevada’s top scorer.  Dellena Criner has been Nevada’s leading scorer in seven games, while Cherlanda Franklin has led the Pack in scoring three times.  Mikail Price and Shavon Moore have each been Nevada’s leading scorer in one game this season. 


- The Pack has had three players record a double-double this season, Marianne Lombardi Shavon Moore and Cherlanda Franklin.  Lombardi recorded her first career double-double (16 points and 13 rebounds) against Stephen F. Austin while Shavon Moore recorded her first career double-double (15 points and 10 rebounds) at UC Riverside.  Cherlanda Franklin recorded her third career double-double (14 points, 12 rebounds) against Utah Valley University


- Jessica Harrison recorded her first career points for Nevada, scoring two points in Nevada’s win over CS Fullerton on Dec. 16.  Senior transfer Jessica Cox made her first career appearance versus UNLV on Dec. 28. 


Criner Earns Second WAC Player of the Week Honor

Dellena Criner was named WAC Player of the Week for the second time this season on Dec. 31.  Criner helped Nevada go 2-0 Dec. 28 and 30, including an 84-63 win over in-state rival UNLV, and a win over San Francisco, 66-44.  Criner averaged 33.5 minutes per contest and scored 40 points, averaging 20 points per game. She shot 50 percent (12-24) from the field, and went 6-8 (75 percent) from three-point range. Against UNLV, she scored a game-high 22 points and added four assists and three steals. Versus San Francisco, Criner again scored a game-high 18 points and added six rebounds, three assists and two steals.   Criner earned her first career WAC Player of the Week honor on Dec. 3.   


Gervasoni Wins 50th Career Game at Nevada

Fifth-year head coach Kim Gervasoni, who picked up her 50th career victory in Nevada’s 66-44 victory over San Francisco on Dec. 30, became just the second coach in Nevada history to win 50 games with the Pack.  Gervasoni is the second winningest coach in Nevada history (50-83) and became just the second coach in history to record at least 50 career wins with the Pack.  Ada Gee (1993-2003) is Nevada’s winningest coach, with a 117-161 record.


Double-Digit Scoring

Through the first 12 games of the season, seven Nevada players have recorded a total of 29 double-digit scoring games.  Mikail Price has scored in double figures eight times this season, while Shavon Moore has scored in double digits six times.  Cherlanda Franklin has scored in double figures three times while Johnna Ward has scored in double figures twice.  Brandi Fitzgerald has recorded four double-digit scoring games.  Marianne Lombardi has recorded one double-digit scoring game and is one of three Nevada players, along with Moore and Franklin, to record a double-double this season.  Dellena Criner has recorded 10 double-digit scoring games this season, including four 20-point games.    


Nevada’s Record By Starting Lineup

Nevada has used four different starting lineups this season. Dellena Criner, Brandi Fitzgerald and Cherlanda Franklin have started all 12 games for Nevada.   


Tough D

Through 13 games this season, Nevada has held 11 of its 13 opponents to under 70 points per game.  The Pack has held opponents to under 60 points six times this season versus Santa Clara (51), versus Stephen F. Austin (55), versus Southern (52), at UC Riverside (52), versus CS Fullerton (57) and versus USF (44).  Through its first 13 games, Nevada is second in the WAC in scoring defense, holding opponents to 62.3 points per game.


Sitton Named a Candidate for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award

Senior forward Andrea Sitton has been selected as one of the 30 initial candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for the 2007-08 basketball season.  The award presented annually to the NCAA Division I Student- Athlete of the Year in eight sports focuses on the “Four C’s” of classroom, character, community and competition.  Lowe’s will award the winner with a trophy during the NCAA Final Four.  This season, Sitton has played in all 10 of Nevada’s games and is averaging 7.9 minutes per game.  Sitton is a three-time Academic All-WAC honoree and has a 3.68 GPA in elementary education.  Sitton, who was named to the Dean’s List in the fall of 2006 and spring of 2007, is scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2008.  Sitton has participated in a number of community service activities including: the X-Treme Ability Challenge (2004); Race for the Cure (2004-07); the Heart Walk (2005-06); Renown Seniors’ Day (2007) and the Girls and Women in Sports Day (2004-06).  She has also been a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) since 2004 and is a member of several clubs including Intervarsity, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Champions for Christ.  


Nevada to Have Two Home Games Televised

After playing in its first nationally-televised game last season, the Pack will play in two home televised contests this season.  KAME broadcasted the final game of the Nugget Classic on Dec. 2 and will also televise the Nevada/New Mexico State game on January 26.  Both games will be shown on a tape-delay basis with the New Mexico State game being aired at 7 p.m. PT. 


Nevada Radio Broadcast Schedule

Starting with Nevada’s game against Southern on Dec. 1, the University of Nevada women’s basketball team will have 13 home games and a total of 22 regular-season games broadcast on ESPN Deportes, AM 1450.  On-air duties will be handled by Dan Gustin, Don Marchand and Ben Deach. 


Nevada’s Tied for 6th in the Nation in Steals

In the latest NCAA stats released Jan 6, the Pack is tied with Oklahoma State for sixth in the nation in steals.  In 13 games Nevada has recorded 175 steals and is averaging 13.5 steals per contest.  North Carolina leads the nation in steals (240 steals, 16.0 spg), followed by San Diego State (177 steals, 14.8 spg), Morgan State (Baltimore, Md.) (168 steals, 14.0 spg), Georgia Tech (209 steals, 13.9 spg) and Radford (Radford, Va.) (231 steals, 13.6 spg).  Mikail Price is first in the conference and leads the team in steals with 36 (2.77 per contest).  Dellena Criner is second on the team (fifth in the WAC) with 28 steals (2.15) spg.  Nevada’s 175 steals leads the conference and is 33 steals above Fresno State who is second in the WAC in total steals with 142.


Nevada in the WAC Stats (as of 1/5/08)


Points: Dellena Criner, 4th (16.2); Mikail Price t11th (11.4)


Field Goal Pct: Shavon Moore, 3rd (.519); Mikail Price 15th (.417)


Free Throw Pct: Dellena Criner, 9th (.722); Mikail Price, 11th (.709)


Rebounding: Cherlanda Franklin, 18th (4.9)


Assists: Dellena Criner, 5th (3.15)


Steals: Mikail Price, 1st (2.77); Dellena Criner, t5th (2.15)


3-Point FG Pct: Dellena Criner, t6th (.400); Mikail Price, 8th (.394). 

Blocked Shots: Cherlanda Franklin, t11th (11); Brandi Fitzgerald, 13th (10)


Minutes Played: Dellena Criner, 4th (32.08)


3-Point FG Made: Dellena Criner, t8th (18); Johnna Ward, t11th (16)



1st: scoring margin (+6.2); steals (175)


2nd: scoring defense (62.3); FG Pct. (.404); 3- Point FG Pct. (.354)


3rd: scoring offense (68.5); rebounding defense (38.9)


Last Time Out

Wednesday at Utah Valley University

Nevada started the game missing its first six shots from the field before Cherlanda Franklin’s jumper with 16:17 remaining in the first half put Nevada on the board and cut the Wolverine’s early lead to 5-2. Rebekah Peterson scored a pair of free throws with 13:50 left in the half before Jennifer Gross scored on the next possession to pull Nevada to 11-8.  Franklin cut the Wolverine’s lead to 13-10 with 12:50 remaining.  Gross (four points) and Franklin (10 points) combined for 14 of Nevada’s first half points including combining to score the Pack’s first 12 points.  Utah Valley University used a 13-0 run to build a 23-10 lead before Franklin scored on a jumper with 12:50 remaining to cut Utah Valley University’s lead to 23-12.  The Wolverines extended its lead to 39-26 to start the second half before Marianne Lombardi’s putback with 15:53 remaining brought Nevada to within 10, 40-30.  Dellena Criner’s first field goal of the game with 14:05 left in the game pulled Nevada to within eight, 40-32. The Pack pulled to within seven, 50-43 with 4:52 but the Pack could not get closer than eight points the rest of the game.


2008-09 Signees

Nevada received signed National Letters of Intent from Amanda Johnson, a 5-6 guard from El Camino High School in Oceanside, Calif., Brittany Woodard, a four-year varsity team member from Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, Calif., and Kayla Williams, a four-year varsity starter from Reed High School in Sparks, Nev.  Amanda Johnson is a four-year varsity player and has been the starting point guard at El Camino High School in Oceanside, Calif., since her freshman season.  She led her high school team in scoring her sophomore and junior seasons and was named All-Avocado League MVP in 2005. As a junior in 2006-07, Johnson averaged 15.1 points per game, 5.2 assists per game, 4.0 rebounds per game and 2.8 steals per game.  Brittany Woodard is a four-year varsity player from Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, Calif.  She is a three-time Sierra Valley Conference All-League selection and is a two-time Sierra Valley Conference MVP. Kayla Williams is the third member of the Pack’s incoming class for next fall.  She is a four-year varsity starter at Reed High School in Sparks, Nev. and plays club for Jam On It Basketball Academy.  She is a three-time All-League Honoree, a second-team selection as a freshman and a first-team selection as a sophomore and junior.


A Look Back

The University of Nevada women's basketball team enjoyed a very successful 2006-07 season in which the team posted a 17-15 overall record and advanced to post-season play for the first-time in school history.  Nevada also finished with its highest ever win total in WAC play (10-6), including its first-ever win over La Tech.  Nevada started the season 3-0, its best start in 25 years and had three players earn All-WAC honors at the end of the season.  Dellena Criner was named to the All-WAC First Team, the All-WAC Defensive Team and to the WAC All-Tournament team while Traci Graham was named to the All-WAC Second Team.  Marianne Lombardi was named to the All-Freshman Team marking the third consecutive season Nevada had a freshman named to the All-Freshman Team.


Nevada Picked Second, Third in WAC Preseason Polls

The University of Nevada women’s basketball team has been picked to finish second in the WAC Preseason Coaches Poll and third in the Media Poll.  Nevada, who received one first-place vote in each poll, also had two players named to the Preseason All-WAC Teams.  Junior guard Dellena Criner was named to the First Team while junior guard Brandi Fitzgerald was named to the Second Team.  Criner was also named to the Preseason All-WAC Media team. 


Upcoming Schedule

Nevada will host Hawai`i on Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. before playing at Idaho on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. MT and at Boise State on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. MT. 



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