Women's Hoops to Open Three-Game Road Trip Wednesday at Utah State

NEVADA (8-7, 2-0 WAC)

at UTAH STATE (7-9, 1-2 WAC)

at HAWAI`I (3-12, 0-2 WAC)

GAMES 16-17 ~ Western Athletic conference play


Wednesday, January 14, 2009 ~ 7 p.m. (MT) ~ Dee Glenn Spectrum ~ Logan, Utah

Saturday, January 17, 2009 ~ 4 p.m. (HT) ~ Stan Sheriff Center ~ Honolulu, Hawaii


RADIO: Fox Sports 1450 AM; Don Marchand, play-by-play; pregame 15 minutes before tip off

INTERNET: Live stats (nevadawolfpack.com)

SERIES HISTORY: The Nevada/Utah State series is tied at 4-4 and Hawai`i leads the all-time series, 22-9. 

LAST MEETING: Nevada fell 56-48 at Utah State on February 21, 2008.  Nevada beat Hawai`i in Honolulu, Hawaii, 74-69, on February 9, 2008.


About These Games

  Nevada will take its league-leading 2-0 WAC record to Utah State and Hawai`i this week as the Pack opens a three-game road trip.  Nevada will look to match its best WAC start (3-0) at Utah State on Wednesday and will look to record its best start in WAC play at Hawai`i on Saturday.

   Nevada is 1-6 in games away from Lawlor Events Center this season.  The Pack has won two of its last three meetings against Utah State and has won its last two meetings with Hawai`i.


About the Nevada Wolf Pack

   As a team Nevada is averaging 61.7 points per game while its opponents are averaging 63.6 points per game.  The Pack is shooting 37.0 percent from the floor, 26.6 percent from three-point range and 68.6 percent from the free throw line. 

  The Pack averages 11.7 assists per game, 40.0 rebounds per game, 9.9 steals per game and 14.1 made free throws per game.

   Nevada won its second straight WAC game, beating New Mexico State 61-56.  Dellena Criner scored a game-high 21 points while Cherlanda Franklin added a career-high 15 rebounds while Brandi Jones tied her career high with 11 rebounds.  As a team the Pack outrebounded the Aggies 52-31. 

   Nevada opened WAC play with a 64-57 victory over La Tech.  Cherlanda Franklin tied her career high with 17 points while Brandi Jones added 15 and Dellena Criner scored 12.  Shavon Moore grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds while Jones added nine.       

      Nevada is coached by first-year head coach Jane Albright who has a 6-7 record at Nevada


Follow the Pack

On the Air (Fox Sports Radio 1450 AM): All 29 of Nevada’s regular-season games will be heard on Fox Sports Radio 1450 AM.   Twenty-five of Nevada’s games this season will be called by Don Marchand while four, the Nugget Classic and Lady Griz Holiday Classic games, will be called by Ben Deach.


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 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 7-9 overall and 1-2 in WAC play.  The Aggies went 1-1 over the weekend in WAC play, beating New Mexico State 72-58 before falling to La Tech in overtime, 90-82.

   Danyelle Snelgro (13.6 ppg) leads three Aggies in double figures.  Ana Pares averages 13.4 points per game while Lydia Whitehead averages 10.1 points per game.  Whitehead also leads the team in rebounding, averaging 6.4 rebounds per game.

   As a team Utah State shoots 38.7 percent from the floor, 28.4 percent from three-point range and 62.4 percent from the free throw line.  The Aggies average 57.6 points per game while its opponents average 59.4.

   Utah State is coached by Raegan Pebley who is in her sixth season.  She has a 49-107 record at Utah State.   


About the Hawai`i Rainbow Wahine

   Hawai`i is 3-12 overall and 0-2 in WAC play.  The Rainbow Wahine fell at Fresno State 78-50 and at San Jose State 54-50 over the weekend.  Hawai`i will play at Boise State Monday night. 

    Keisha Kanekoa leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.8 ppg while Megan Tinnin is second averaging 9.3 ppg.  Dita Liepkalne leads the team in rebounding, averaging 7.3 rpg. 

   As a team, Hawai`i averages 57.5 points per game while its opponents average 66.8.  The Rainbow Wahine shoot 39.8 percent from the floor, 30.2 percent from three-point range and 66.3 percent from the free throw line.  Hawai`i averages 36.5 rebounds per game and 12.5 assists per game.

   The Rainbow Wahine is coached by Jim Bolla who is in his fifth season.  He as a record of  59-69 at Hawai`i and a career record of 359-189 in 19 seasons. 


Washoe County Partners with the Pack

   For Nevada’s game on January 30 against Boise State, the Pack has partnered with all elementary and middle schools in Washoe County.  All elementary and middle school students and staff are invited to attend the game for free.  All attendees are encourages to wear blue. 

   There will be approximately five bikes given away at halftime to five fans middle school age and under.  Sign ups are at the marketing table in front of the band.

   For more information and to RSVP, please contact Darron Pinkney at 682-6963.


News and Notes

- Nevada opened WAC play 2-0 for the third time in program history.  Nevada recorded its best start in WAC play during the 2007-08 season when the Pack opened conference play 3-0. 


- Cherlanda Franklin averaged a double-double over the weekend, averaging 12.5 ppg and 11.0 rpg.  She tied her career high with 17 points in Nevada’s win over La Tech and recorded a career-high 15 rebounds in Nevada’s win over New Mexico State


- Brandi Jones tied her career high with 11 rebounds in Nevada’s win over New Mexico State.  She has recorded 11 rebounds four times in her career.    


- Nevada’s game against New Mexico State, where Cherlanda Franklin recorded 15 rebounds and Brandi Jones grabbed 11, marked the first time since March 8, 2005 that the Pack had two players finish the game with double-digits in rebounds (Amber Young 11 rebounds and Jessica Preslar 10 rebounds). 


- Dellena Criner recorded eight steals over the weekend and has 236 career steals, one behind Traci Graham (237) for the all-time record.


- Brandi Jones, who has recorded 989 career points, is averaging 9.8 ppg and would become the ninth player in program history to record at least 1,000 career points.  It would also mark just the second time in history the Pack had two active 1,000 career points scorers on a roster as she would join teammate Dellena Criner.  Chris Starr (1982-86; 2,356 career points) and Kit Larson (1981-85; 1,334 career points) were the other two 1,000 career point scorers who were on the same roster. 


- Brandi Jones (503 career rebounds) and Cherlanda Franklin (504 career rebounds) became the 11th and 12th players in program history to record at least 500 career rebounds in Nevada’s win over New Mexico State.  If Jones reaches 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds, she would become the seventh player in history to record at least 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.


- Both Brandi Jones and Cherlanda Franklin are on pace to break into the career top-10 in rebounding as KaTrina Crenshaw (1994-97) is 10th on the career rebounding list with 512 career rebounds. 


- This season Cherlanda Franklin has recorded 110 rebounds.  Franklin, who is averaging 7.3 rebounds per game, has recorded at least 100 rebounds per season for the third time in her career.  


- Dellena Criner has recorded four 20-point games this season.  For her career, she has recorded 17 20-point games and two 30-point games. 


- Brandi Jones tied her career high in assists, recording six against La Tech.  Jones also recorded six assists at Utah State in 2006. 


- Nevada is 7-1 at home this season and has not dropped a home game since the Pack’s 81-63 lost to BYU on November 18.  Nevada is 19-4 at Lawlor Events Center since the start of the 2007-08 season.


- Shavon Moore recorded a career-high 11 rebounds against La Tech.  Moore’s previous career high was 10 rebounds.  For her career, she has recorded three double-digit rebound games, two this season and once last year as a freshman. 


- Shavon Moore leads the conference in offensive rebounds with 52.


- Four players have led for been tied for the team lead in rebounds this season.  Cherlanda Franklin has led Nevada in rebounding eight times, Shavon Moore six times, Brandi Jones three times and Dellena Criner once.      


- Four players have also led or been tied for the team lead in scoring this season.  Dellena Criner has led the team in scoring nine times, Brandi Jones five times, Johnna Ward once and Cherlanda Franklin once.  


- Dellena Criner has made the most free throws of any player in the conference (80) and has attempted the most free throws in the WAC (97).  She also leads the league in assists (67) and steals (38).   


- Nevada has had two games this season with five players scoring in double figures.  Brandi Jones scored 14 points, Cherlanda Franklin added 13 points while Marissa Hammond scored 11 and Johnna Ward and Dellena Criner each scored 10 in Nevada’s win  at Santa ClaraNevada also had five players in double figures in Nevada’s win over St. Mary’s (Brandi Jones 17; Johnna Ward 17; Dellena Criner 14; Cherlanda Franklin 14 and Marissa Hammond 11).


- In the Pack’s six wins this season the team is averaging 70.4 points per game while only averaging 51.9 points per game in the team’s seven losses. 


- The Pack has out-rebounded or tied its opponents in rebounding in nine games this season (Eastern Washington, BYU, UNLV, St. Mary’s, Northern Iowa, #7 Louisville, Santa Clara, vs. La Tech and vs. New Mexico State).  


- Jane Albright recorded her 400th career win against Northern Iowa on November 28.   

Of her 405 career wins, Albright has earned eight at Nevada, 48 at Wichita State, 161 at Wisconsin and 188 at Northern Illinois.  Albright earned career victory number 401 with an upset victory over #7 Louisville on November 29. 

- Nevada recorded its biggest victory in program history, upsetting #7 Louisville on November 29 in the championship game of the Nugget Classic.


- Nevada has had four games this year in which the Pack has made more free throws than its opponents have taken.  In Nevada’s win over Eastern Washington, the Pack made more free throws (21-of-29) than Eastern Washington attempted (7-of-11) while in Nevada’s win over St. Mary’s the Pack went 25-of-33 from the free throw line while the Gaels went 12-of-20.  Nevada also attempted more free throws (23-of-28) than #7 Louisville took (14-of-16) and the Pack made 16 free throws against Santa Clara while the Broncos only attempted 14.   


- Dellena Criner recorded a double-double against St. Mary’s (14 points and 13 assists) and was two rebounds short of a triple double.


- Dellena Criner’s 13 assists were a career high passing her previous career high of eight.  Her 13 assists is fifth on Nevada’s single-game list.  Laura Ingham (2001-03) holds the single-game record for assists with 17 set in 2002 against UTEP.


Criner Named a Finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award

   Senior point guard Dellena Criner has been selected as one of the 30 national candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. 

   The award is presented annually to the presented annually to an NCAA Division I student-athlete in nine sports.  The award is based on criteria focusing on the “Four C’s” of classroom, character, community and competition, the award winners will be selected by national balloting of head basketball coaches, national media and college basketball fans.

   Criner is a four-year starter for the women’s basketball team.  She is a team captain this season and has become one of the best players in program history.  This season she was named WAC Preseason Player of the Year and is two steals away from becoming Nevada’s all-time leader.  She has started all 15 games this year and leads the team in scoring, averaging 14.9 points per game. 

   During her career, Criner has participated in numerous community service events during her career including the Renown Pediatric unit, Race for the Cure and Habitat for Humanity.

   Criner has maintained a 3.01 cumulative GPA in accounting and has been named to the WAC All-Academic Team all three years.  Criner is the only nominee from the WAC.

   Criner is the third student-athlete at Nevada to be named a Lowe’s Senior CLASS candidate in the past year.  Women’s basketball player Andrea Sitton was a candidate last season while soccer player Patrice Godwin was named a candidate this fall.


Collect all 15 University of Nevada Basketball Player Trading Cards

  At each home game this season, fans will have the opportunity to collect trading cards featuring each member of the 2008-09 team.  Each player will have a trading card night and after the game that player will be available at the marketing table in front of the band to sign their cards.  A game-by-game list is below:


Date                 Game                                       Player(s)

11/28/08          Northern Iowa                          Kayla Williams, Brittany Woodard

11/29/08          #7 Louisville                             Megan Cherry

12/21/08          UC Riverside                            Amanda Johnson

1/8/08              La Tech                                    Marissa Hammond

1/10/08            New Mexico State                   Marianne Lombardi

1/30/09            Boise St.                                  Ashley D'Andrade

2/1/09              San Jose State                          Johnna Ward

2/6/09              Fresno State                             Shavon Moore

2/8/09              Utah State                                Nicole Williams

2/20/09            Idaho                                       Jennifer Gross

3/7/09              Hawai`i                                    Dellena Criner, Brandi Jones,                                                                                                                                        Bre'Anna Henry, Cherlanda Franklin


Albright Records Career Victory Number 400

   Nevada head coach Jane Albright recorded her 400th career victory on November 28 as Nevada beat Northern Iowa.  Albright, who is entering her 25th year as a Division I college coach, has the most overall career victories of any coach in the WAC and is currently ranked 39th in the NCAA record book for most career Division I wins.  To date, Albright has recorded 405 career wins.  She has earned eight at Nevada, 48 at Wichita State, 161 at Wisconsin and 188 at Northern Illinois.   


TV Games

   KAME will televise one Nevada home basketball games on a tape-delay basis this season.  The Pack’s games versus Fresno State on February 6 will be televised on KAME. 


Nevada Versus Ranked Opponents

   Since joining the WAC in 2000, Nevada has played six games versus top-25 opponents, with four games coming against WAC opponent La Tech and two games coming in non-conference play this season at Cal and versus Louisville.  Nevada played La Tech twice during the 2002-03 season when the Lady Techsters were ranked 11th and the Pack played La Tech twice during the 2003-04 season when the Lady Techsters were ranked 8th in the country.  Nevada is 1-6 all-time against top-25 opponents since joining the WAC.

  The Pack fell at #9/9 Cal on November 16, 2008.  In addition to facing #9/9 Cal this season, Nevada beat #7/8 Louisville in the Nugget Classic on November 29.    


Team Captains

   Senior point guard Dellena Criner and senior forward Cherlanda Franklin have been named team captains as voted on by their teammates.

   Criner is a four-year starter for Nevada and has earned several all-conference honors during her career including being named WAC Defensive Player of the Year last season and being named the WAC Preseason Player of the Year this season.  She has led the team in scoring the past two seasons and last season became just the eighth player in program history to score at least 1,000 career points.

   Franklin is a three-year starter for the Pack and was named to the WAC All-Defensive team last season.  She led the team in rebounding last season, averaging 5.2 rebounds per game.  She also set the program single-game record for steals in a game with 11 in Nevada’s win over Hawai`i on January 12. 


WAC Play Up Tour to Stop in Reno on February 8

   The Western Athletic Conference’s Play Up Tour will stop in Reno on February 8 for Nevada’s game against Utah State at 2 p.m. The Play Up Tour is designed improve perceptions of the WAC and its members through national, local and regional touch-points.  WAC staff members will be on site to distribute WAC giveaway items. Fans will also have the opportunity to sign up to win a WAC prize pack that includes WAC apparel and other WAC related items. All fans that enter the drawing will be eligible for the grand prize of a WAC Basketball Tournament package. The package includes two tickets to the tournament, airfare and hotel accommodations. The winner will be announced at the end of February.


Ticket Information

   Individual Tickets:

$7 per adult

$4 per Youth (12 and under) and Senior (65 and older)

$4 groups of 10 or more

    Season Tickets:

Enjoy prime seats on the floor for all home women’s basketball games for $50 for the entire season (limited availability). General Admission for all other seats is $35. Pack Parties of 10 or more fans are only $4 each ticket.

   Tickets can be purchased at the door starting 1 hour prior to the game at Lawlor Events Center. Group tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 775-682-6905.


Nevada to Host 2009 and 2010 WAC Basketball Tournaments

   The University and the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) will play host to the tournaments at the 11,536-seat Lawlor Events Center, located on the university campus in Reno. The 2009 tournament will be played March 10-14, and the 2010 tournament will run from March 9-13. This will mark the third and fourth times that Nevada will serve as host to the WAC’s basketball tournaments with the event being held in Reno in 2005 and 2006.  The University of Nevada has played host to a total of 14 WAC Championships since joining the conference in 2001, including the volleyball tournament five times from 2002-06, basketball in 2005 and 2006, indoor track and field in 2001 and 2002, baseball in 2007, men’s golf in 2007, soccer in 2006 and 2008 and women’s golf in 2001.


Bicycle Giveaways

   Beginning with the Nevada/Eastern Washington game on Friday, there will be a bicycle given away at each Nevada home game this season.  Fans in middle school and under can sign up each home game by the Nevada band for a chance to ride away on a new bike.  For more information contact Holly Aycock at 682-6961. 


Criner, Jones Earn Preseason All-WAC Honors

   Senior point guard Dellena Criner was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year in the Coaches Poll and was also named to the First Team.  Senior guard Brandi Jones was named to the second team in the Coaches Poll.  Criner was also named to the First Team in the Media Poll.  As a team, the Pack was picked fourth in both polls.


Upcoming Schedule

   Nevada will closeout its three-game road trip at San Jose State on Sunday, January 25 at 2 p.m.

   Nevada will open a four-game home stand on January 30 hosting Boise State followed by a game with San Jose State on February 1 against San Jose State at 2 p.m.

   The Pack will host Fresno State on February 6 at 7 p.m. and will closeout its four-game home stand versus Utah State on February 8 at 2 p.m.        



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