UNIVERSITY of NEVADA (8-8; 2-0 WAC)
at UTAH STATE (10-5; 2-0 WAC)
at HAWAI'I (6-9; 0-2 WAC)
GAMES 17&18 ~ WAC PLAY
Wed., Jan. 13, 2010 ~ 6 p.m. (PT) ~ Dee Glenn Spectrum ~ Logan, Utah
Sat., Jan. 16, 2010 ~ 9 p.m. (PT) ~ Stan Sheriff Center ~ Honolulu, Hawaii
RADIO: ESPN Radio 1450 AM; Don Marchand, pregame 15 minutes before tip off
INTERNET: Live stats (www.nevadawolfpack.com)
SERIES HISTORY: The Nevada/Utah State series is tied at 5-5...Hawaii leads 22-11.
LAST MEETING: Nevada fell to Utah State, 63-52, in Reno on February 8, 2009 and the Pack beat Hawai'i 75-57 in Reno on March 7, 2009.
About This Game
Nevada will take its 2-0 WAC record on the road this week for games at Utah State and Hawai'i. The Pack won against both of these teams on the road last season. Nevada's 2-0 start marks the third consecutive year the Pack has started the conference season 2-0. Nevada is 2-4 all-time in Logan on the road and is 3-11 all-time against Hawai'i on the road.
About the Nevada Wolf Pack
Nevada is coming off a 64-52 win at home against Boise State to open conference play 2-0. Tahnee Robinson (15 points) led four Nevada players in double figures. Kayla Williams scored 14 (and had 11 rebounds), Shavon Moore scored 13 while Nicole Williams added 11.
As a team, the Pack is shooting 38.5 percent from the floor, 30.6 from three-point range and 73.0 percent from the free throw line. Nevada is averaging 61.1 points per game while its opponents are averaging 61.1 points per game. The Pack is outrebounding its opponents by an average of 7.4 boards per game. Nevada is averaging 9.5 steals per game and 12.5 assists per game.
The Pack is led in scoring by Tahnee Robinson (12.9 ppg), Shavon Moore (11.9 ppg) and Johnna Ward (10.1 ppg). Shavon Moore leads the team in rebounding with 7.9 rebounds per game while Kayla Williams is second averaging 6.9 boards per game.
The Wolf Pack is coached by second-year head coach Jane Albright who has a 26-22 record at Nevada.
Follow the Pack
On the Air (Fox SportsRadio 1450 AM): All 30 of Nevada's regular-season games can be heard on Fox Sports Radio 1450 AM. Twenty-eight of Nevada's games this season will be called by Don Marchand while three, the Nugget Classic games and Washington State, will be called by Johnny Doskow.
Live Stats: All of Nevada's home games this season and select road games will have live stats and be available online at the following link.
Live Streaming Audio: All of Nevada's home games this season and select road games will have live streaming audio and can be found at the link below.
Live Streaming Video: All of Nevada's home games this season and select road games will have live streaming video and can be found at the link below.
About the Utah State Aggies
Utah State is 10-5 overall and 2-0 in the WAC. The Aggies opened WAC play with wins at LA Tech and versus San Jose State.
Utah State is led by Amber White (12.2 ppg) who is the only Aggie player averaging in double figures. Lydia Whitehead leads the team in rebounding averaging 7.9 rebounds per game.
As a team Utah State is averaging 60.8 points per game. The Aggies shoot 41.3 percent from the floor, 37.9 percent from three-point range and 66.7 percent from the free throw line.
Utah State is coached by Raegan Pebley who is in her sixth year.
About the Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine
Hawai'i is 6-9 overall and 0-2 in WAC haven fallen at Fresno State and New Mexico State.
Hawai'i is led by Shawna Kuehu who averages 11.1 ppg and is the only Rainbow Wahine player in double figures. Rebecca Dew leads the team in rebounding averaging 6.0 boards per game.
As a team Hawai'i averages 58.5 points per game. The Rainbow Wahine shoot 38.4 percent from the floor, 28.4 percent from three-point range and 63.4 percent from the free throw line.
Hawai'i is coached by first-year head coach Dana Takahara-Dias.
Nevada News and Notes
- Nevada has outbebounded its opponents in 13 games this year, including its past nine games. Nevada is 7-6 in games in which it outrebounds its opponent.
- Nevada's win over Boise State marked the second straight game the Pack recorded less than 25 turnovers and Nevada won both of the games. Prior to those two games, the Pack recorded 25 or more turnovers in seven straight games and went 1-6 in those games.
- For the second straight game three players logged over 30 minutes. At San Jose State, Tahnee Robinson played 37, Shavon Moore 33 and Kayla Williams 30. Against Boise State Robinson played 37 minutes, Amanda Johnson played 35 and K. Williams played 31. For the season Tahnee Robinson (30.3 mpg) and Johnna Ward (28.6 mpg) lead the team in minutes played.
- Tahnee Robinson has scored in double figures in six of her seven career games for Nevada including the past four games.
- Three players have recorded a total of five 20-point games this season: Tahnee Robinson; Johnna Ward and Shavon Moore have all scored 21 points this year while Moore also scored 20 at both San Diego and San Jose State.
- In each of the team's eight wins this year the Pack is shooting 42.9 percent from the floor compared to the 39.9 percent Nevada is shooting from the floor in its eight losses.
- Eight different players have led Nevada or tied for the team lead in scoring this season with Shavon Moore leading the team seven times.
- Six different players have led or been tied for the team lead in rebounding led by Kayla Williams (nine games) and Shavon Moore (seven games).
- Nevada's bench has outscored or tied its opponents bench in scoring in 12 of the Pack's 16 games this season.
Nevada Opens WAC Play 2-0 for the Third Straight Season
The Pack opened WAC play 2-0 for the third consecutive year. The Pack opened the 2007-08 conference year 3-0 and Nevada recorded the best start to conference play in school history last season with a 7-0 start.
Nevada Picks up First Road Win of Year
Nevada's win at San Jose State gave Nevada its first road win of the year. The Pack is 1-6 this season on the road and is 6-18 on the road since the start of the 2008-09 season. From December 28 until January 16, Nevada will play six of its seven games on the road.
Ward Records 600th Career Point
Junior Johnna Ward, who recorded her 500th career point earlier this season at St. Mary's with a 21-point effort, passed the 600 career point mark at BYU with her six points against the Cougars. It took Ward 11 games to score 100 points to get from her 500th to 600th career point. Ward currently has 614 career points and is 14th all-time in career scoring for Nevada. She is third on the team averaging 10.1 points per game for Nevada.
Moore Records Third 20-Point Game of Season
Junior Shavon Moore recorded her third 20-point game of the year in Nevada's WAC-opening win at San Jose State. She scored a career-high 21 points this year against Sacramento State and added 20 points in a loss to San Diego last month. Moore is second in the team averaging 11.9 points per game.
Lombardi on Track to be Second All-Time in Games Played
Senior Marianne Lombardi, who has played in all 16 games this year, is on track to tie former teammate Brandi Jones for second all-time in games played. Lombardi has played in 108 career games for Nevada and the Pack has 14 regular-season games remaining. If Lombardi plays in all 14 remaining games she will tie Jones for second all-time with 122 games. Depending on Nevada's WAC Tournament play Lombardi could become the all-time leader passing Dellena Criner who played in 124 career games for Nevada.
Moore 15th All-Time in Tree Throws Made
Junior Shavon Moore is 15th all-time in free throws made with 123 and is six free throws away from 14th all-time. She is 30 free throws away from cracking the career top-10. This season Moore is leading the team in both free throws made (45) and free throws attempted (61) and is shooting 73.8 percent from the line.
Crashing the Boards
Nevada has either tied its opponent or outrebounded its opponent in the last nine games and a total of 13 times in 16 games this year. There have been seven games this year in which Nevada has outrebounded its opponents by 10 rebounds or more.
The Pack Successful at Home
Since the beginning of the 2007-08 season, Nevada has recorded a 32-9 record at Lawlor Events Center. Last season the Pack finished the year 13-4 at home while the team recorded a 12-3 record at Lawlor Events Center during the 2007-08 season. This season, Nevada is 7-2 at home.
Nevada in the National Stats
In games through January 10, Nevada is ranked 25th in rebounding margin (+7.4), 28th in three-point field goal percentage defense (26.9%) and 55th in free throw percentage (73.0%).
Hot From the Free Throw Line
Through 16 games this season, Nevada is shooting 73.0 percent from the free throw line as a team. Four players are shooting 70 percent or better and three players are shooting 80 percent or better and one player. As a team, the Pack took a season-high 30 free throws at Arizona and made a season-high 33 vs. Boise State Nevada shot a season high 95 percent from the line at vs. Cal (19-of-20).
Sharing the Ball
Through the first 16 games of the year the Pack has recorded 200 assists on 342 field goals, an average of 12.5 assists per game. The Pack recorded a season-high 26 assists against Sacramento State, three shy of tying the program record of 29 set in both 2001 and 2006. Amanda Johnson leads the team in assists (37) followed by Nicole Williams (27) and Marianne Lombardi (26).
Women's Basketball Timeout Luncheons
University of Nevada women's basketball coach Jane Albright will hold two timeout luncheons this season on January 19 and February 25 at the Nugget. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and the cost is $16 at the door.
The luncheon will feature a gourmet buffet prepared by the Nugget and the program includes game recaps and previews by Albright as well as appearances by other Wolf Pack coaches and staff. The room will be announced on the day of the luncheon. For more information, call the Wolf Pack Athletics Department at 775-784-6900.
Nevada will play at Hawai'i on January 16 at 9 p.m. PT. The Pack will return home to host Fresno State on Thursday, January 21 at 7 p.m. and will host LA Tech on Thursday, January 26 at 8 p.m. in a nationally-televised game on ESPNU.