Women's Basketball
Preslar and Criner Lead Wolf Pack to Win Over San Jose State





Reno, Nev. Dellena Criner scored a game-high 18 points and Jessica Preslar recorded a double-double as Nevada stormed to a 74-47 victory over San Jose State on Saturday at Lawlor Events Center.

 

The victory moved to 9-8 overall and 3-1 in Western Athletic Conference play, its best-ever start in the WAC. San Jose State fell to 1-17 and 0-4. The crowd of 1,714 was the 13th-largest crowd in Nevada women’s history.

 

Sophomore guard Brandi Fitzgerald scored 11 points for the Pack while the senior Preslar, who had three points and seven rebounds at halftime, finished with 12 points and 11 boards.

 

Marianne Lombardi and Traci Graham each scored eight points for the Pack while Marissa Hammond added seven.

 

Nevada led 7-6 with 15:30 to play in the first half before a Preslar free throw sparked a 16-3 run over the next eight minutes. San Jose State cut the deficit to seven, 24-17, with 5:20 to go before halftime but the Pack reeled off a 15-2 run going into the break to take a 39-19 lead.

 

Nevada shot 44.3 percent from the field and held San Jose State to just 29.3 percent shooting. The Wolf Pack recorded 11 steals and outrebounded the Spartans 48-34.

 

Next up for Nevada is a trip to Louisiana Tech as the Pack will face off against the Lady Techsters on Thursday.

 

GAME NOTES

 

  • Nevada senior Traci Graham continued her movement up Nevada’s career charts. Her eight points in the game gives her 940 in her career as she moved into ninth place all-time, one point ahead of Shawna Franceschini (1994-98). Graham recorded two assists in the game and now has 234 in her career and she is now in fifth place alone ahead of Noelle Fable (1994-98). And she buried two 3-pointers, giving her 104 in her career and moving her into fifth place alone ahead of Virginia Green (1988-92).
  • Nevada now has a four-game home-winning streak, the longest since a five-game stretch ended earlier this year. That five-game streak was comprised of the last three home games in the 2005-06 season and the first two home games this season.
  • Nevada’s 3-1 start in WAC play is the school’s best ever start since joining the WAC prior to the 2000-01 season.
  • The 27-point margin of victory was the largest for Nevada since a 33-point win at Sacramento State on Dec. 8. The 47 points allowed was the fewest yielded by Nevada since giving up just 42 points to Sac State.
  • Nevada has now won two straight games in the series against San Jose State.

 

 


 

 

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