Women's Basketball
Women's Hoops Looks to Remain Undefeated in WAC Play, Travels to San Jose State Sunday

NEVADA (10-7, 4-0 WAC)

at SAN JOSE STATE (2-15, 1-3 WAC)


GAME 18 ~ Western Athletic conference play


Sunday, January 25, 2009 ~ 2 p.m. (PT) ~ The Event Center ~ San Jose, Calif.


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

INTERNET: Live stats (www.nevadawolfpack.com)

SERIES HISTORY: San Jose State leads the all-time series, 19-13.

LAST MEETING: Nevada has won the last five meetings between the two schools including a 72-51 win in San Jose last year and a 78-62 win over the Spartans in Reno last season. 


About This Game

  The Pack will take its undefeated league-leading WAC record to San Jose State Sunday afternoon for a matchup with the Spartans at 2 p.m.  Nevada has already recorded its best conference start since joining the WAC (4-0) and will look to match its best conference start in program history at 5-0.

   Nevada has won four straight games and will look to win its fifth straight game for the first five-game wining streak since 2002.


About the Nevada Wolf Pack

   As a team Nevada is averaging 61.8 points per game while its opponents are averaging 61.9 points per game.  The Pack is shooting 37.3 percent from the floor, 28.1 percent from three-point range and 69.5 percent from the free throw line. 

  The Pack averages 11.6 assists per game, 40.2 rebounds per game, 10.2 steals per game and 14.5 made free throws per game.

   The Pack won its fourth straight game and remained undefeated in conference play with a 69-50 win at Hawai`i.  Dellena Criner led Nevada with 12 points while Brandi Jones finished with 11 including her 1,000th career point.  Cherlanda Franklin grabbed a game-high eight rebounds while Kayla Williams and Brandi Jones each recorded five.

   Nevada won its its third straight game at Utah State, 56-49.  Dellena Criner scored a game-high 22 points while Brandi Jones added 12.  Jones and Cherlanda Franklin each grabbed nine rebounds.  Criner became Nevada’s all-time leader in steals in the game. 

      Nevada is coached by first-year head coach Jane Albright who has a 10-7 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 San Jose State Spartans

   San Jose State is 2-15 overall and 1-3 in WAC play.  The Spartans fell in both of their games last weekend falling at New Mexico State 68-51 and at La Tech 70-53.  San Jose State will host Utah State on Friday before hosting Nevada Sunday.  This season the Spartans have picked up wins against Sacramento State and Hawai`i

   Chasity Shavers leads the team in scoring averaging 10.4 points per game while Natalie White is second, averaging 9.8.  Shaunna Ridge leads the team in rebounding, averaging 6.4 rebounds per game. 

   As a team, the Spartans average 53.3 points per game while its opponents average 72.5 points per game.  The team shoots 35.5 percent from the floor, 28.6 percent from three-point range and 61.9 percent from the free throw line.  The team averages 32.6 rebounds per game, 6.9 steals per game and 22.9 turnovers a game.

   San Jose State is coached by second-year head coach Pam DeCosta.  She has a record of 5-43 at San Jose State and a career record of 50-105 in six seasons.  Prior to San Jose State, DeCosta spent four years as the head coach at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.      


Upcoming Women’s Basketball Promotions

   For Nevada’s game on January 30 against Boise State at Noon, the Pack has partnered with all preschools, elementary schools and middle schools in Washoe County.  All students and staff are invited to attend the game for free.  All attendees are encourages to wear blue and make a sign for their favorite Wolf Pack player.  Each student will be given a math packet to complete at the game.  There will be five bikes given away at halftime to five fans middle school age and under. 

   Nevada’s game on February 8 versus Utah State at 2 p.m. is National Girl’s and Women in Sports Day.  Members from each of Nevada’s sports teams will be on hand to run small sports clinics for fans in attendance.  Nevada is looking for outside businesses to be a part of the day by having a booth that promotes good health and fitness.  There will be a middle school scrimmage from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and lunch will be served to all participants and their parents.  Attendance to the game and clinic is free.

   Nevada’s game on February 20 versus Idaho at 7 p.m. is “Pack it with Pink” night and fans that wear pink to the game will get in free and the team will wear pink jerseys.  Nevada is asking for donations to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.  The fund is a charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.  Kay Yow is the head women's basketball coach at NC State and is a founding member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).  She was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time in 1987 and is currently battling the disease for the third time.


 News and Notes

- Nevada opened WAC play 4-0 for its best start in WAC play since Nevada joined the conference in 2000.  Previously the best start in WAC play was 3-0 recorded during the 2007-08 season.  


- The Pack has a chance to match the best conference start in program history Sunday at San Jose State.  With a win, Nevada would be 5-0 in WAC play.  The best conference start in program history is 5-0 which the Pack recorded as a member of the Big West Conference during the 1997-98. 


- Nevada is on a four-game winning streak, its longest win streak since the Pack won five straight from January 11 - January 25, 2007.  There are only three winning streaks longer than five games in program history:  Six games during the 1986-87 season; seven games during the 1997-98 season and nine games during the 1999-2000 season.   


- The longest win streak in program history is nine games from December 4 - January 14, 2000. 


- First-year head coach Jane Albright is three wins away from becoming the all-time winningest first-year head coach in program history.  Three more wins would give Albright 13 wins.  Julie Hickey is currently the winningest first-year head coach with 12 wins (12-15 overall) set during the 1982-83 season.   


- Nevada held its last two opponents to 50 points or under (49 at Utah State and 50 at Hawai`i).  This season the Pack also held Eastern Washington to 49 points.  


- Dellena Criner recorded five steals over the weekend and has 241 career steals, and is the Pack’s all-time leader, passing behind Traci Graham (237) for the all-time record.


- Brandi Jones, who recorded her 1,000th career point at Hawai`i, became the ninth player in program history to record at least 1,000 career points.  It also marked just the second time in history the Pack had two active 1,000 career points scorers on the same roster as she joined 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 (517 career rebounds) and Cherlanda Franklin (521 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.  Jones is the seventh player in history to record 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.


- Both Brandi Jones and Cherlanda Franklin both cracked the top-10 in career rebounding.  Franklin (521 career rebounds) is ninth all-time while Jones (517 career rebounds) is 10th all-time.   


- This season Cherlanda Franklin has recorded 127 rebounds.  Franklin, who is averaging a team-leading 7.5 rebounds per game, has recorded at least 100 rebounds per season for the third time in her career.  


- Dellena Criner has recorded five 20-point games this season.  For her career, she has recorded 18 20-point games and two 30-point games including a career-high 33 at Boise State in 2008.   


- 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.


- 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). 


- Shavon Moore leads the conference in offensive rebounds with 57.


- Four players have led for been tied for the team lead in rebounds this season.  Cherlanda Franklin has led Nevada in rebounding 10 times, Shavon Moore six times, Brandi Jones four 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 11 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 (91) and has attempted the most free throws in the WAC (109).  She also leads the league in assists (78) and steals (43).   


- 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 68.8 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 11 games this season (Eastern Washington, BYU, UNLV, St. Mary’s, Northern Iowa, #7 Louisville, Santa Clara, vs. La Tech, vs. New Mexico State at Utah State and at Hawai`i).  

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

Of her 405 career wins, Albright has earned 10 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 five 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.  The Pack made 22 free throws at Hawaii while the Rainbow Wahine only attempted 21 free throws.   


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


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 17 games this year and leads the team in scoring, averaging 15.2 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.                                  Kayla Williams, Brittany Woodard

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 407 career wins.  She has earned 10 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 at 9 p.m. 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 in 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 05 and 06, indoor track and field in 01 and 02, baseball in 07, men’s golf in 07, soccer in 06 and 08 and women’s golf in 01.


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 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.