Jan. 27, 2012
RENO, Nev. -
The University of Nevada women's basketball team (5-14, 1-3 WAC) will look to pick up its second conference win Saturday against San Jose State (7-12, 2-2 WAC) 2:00 p.m. at Lawlor Events Center.
The series between the two schools is tied at 19 games apiece, with Nevada winning the last 11 meetings. In their last meeting during the 2010-11 season, Tahnee Robinson led Nevada to a 65-36 win over the Spartans in Reno, finishing with 26 points. The Spartans last defeated the Wolf Pack during the 2005-06 season, with a score of 53-48 in San Jose. That win was the final one in San Jose State's 11-game win streak over Nevada. The Spartans are led by WAC leading scorer Brittany Johnson who averages 18.6 ppg and 8.5 rpg.
Trading Card Day - Mimi Mungedi and Emily Burns will be on hand following the game to sign their player cards.
ALUMNI DAY/WNIT BANNER UNVEIL- Many former Nevada women's basketball alums will be in attendance to watch the game for Alumni Day. During pregame, members of last year's historic team will gather on the court for the unveiling of the WNIT banner. The 2010-2011 team finished 22-11 and advanced to the second round of the WNIT, where they were defeated by USC 78-59.
LAST TIME OUT
The University of Nevada women's basketball team fell to Hawai`i 72-63 Thursday evening. The loss snapped an eight game win streak the Wolf Pack had over the Rainbow Wahine.
The Wolf Pack raced out to a 7-0 lead to start the game. Hawai`i got hot from behind the arc, hitting three straight three-pointers to take their first lead of 17-15 at the 7:27 mark. The Rainbow Wahine built on their lead to an eight point advantage by getting the ball down low. Hawai`i scored 14 points in the paint to Nevada's six. Chanelle Brennan led Nevada in the opening half with seven points. The guard hit a three-pointer in the closing seconds to bring Nevada within three, with a score of 27-24 at halftime.
The Wolf Pack looked sharp out of the intermission, going on a 13-6 run to begin the half and reclaim the lead. Hawai`i got back out in front by nine points with 10 minutes to go in the game. The Pack struggled to contain the Rainbow Wahine's offense as they shot 77.3 percent from the field in the second half. Nevada fought back to get within four points of Hawai`i on a three-point shot by Danika Sharp at the 8:09 mark. That would be the closest Nevada would get to Hawai'i, as the Rainbow Wahine held off the Pack to take a 72-63 win and their third straight conference victory.
Chanelle Brennan recorded a career high 20 points for Nevada, with a team high seven rebounds. Kate Kevorken also scored in double figures, finishing with 16 points.
BRENNAN STEPS UP
Guard Chanelle Brennan has stepped up in her expanded role this year. The Junior transfer finished with a career high 20 points in the loss to Hawai`i. In the overtime loss against Long Beach State, Brennan collected her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The junior transfer has appeared in all 19 games for the Pack, starting in 10.
CLOSE GAMES FOR THE PACK
Although Nevada is 5-14 on the year, 11 of the games have been decided by 10 points or less. The Pack is 4-7 in those games, defeating Idaho 76-70 (6), CSU Bakersfield 85-76 (9), Oregon 76-74 (2) and Butler 71-69 (2) in the Nugget Classic. Nevada is 2-4 in games decided by 5 points or less, losing to Mississippi State in the Peppermill Holiday Classic consolation game 67-63 (4).
Senior Amanda Johnson is quickly climbing Nevada's career assists list. The guard currently sits at sixth place on the program's career assists list at 333. Johnson needs one more assist to tie Angie Heer (1997-01) for fifth all-time and 20 more to tie Traci Graham (2003-07). Johnson spread the ball around effectively in Nevada's loss to Hawai`i, dishing out five.
WILLIAMS ON THE MEND
Senior Kayla Williams will miss her fourth consecutive game as she recovers from surgery on a burst cyst. The forward has played in 113 games during her career with Nevada and has started in 68 of those games. Williams is eyeing a return to action next week against Louisiana Tech.
CAPTAIN KATE LEADS THE TEAM
Senior captain Kate Kevorken has been a constant presence for Nevada on the offensive end this
season. The forward has led Nevada in scoring in 11 of its 19 games, pitching in 18 points in the win over Idaho. Kevorken's 16.8 ppg average is good for second best in the WAC. Her 41 made three-pointers puts Kevorken in second place in the WAC.
PACK ON TOP OF THE WAC STATS
Forward Kayla Williams leads the WAC individual statistical category for blocks with 34 and field goal percentage at .510.
TOUGH AT HOME
Nevada has pulled together and impressive run of success in the friendly confines of Lawlor Events Center going 34-22 at home in the last four seasons. In her first season leading the Wolf Pack, Jane Albright coached the team to its first win over a ranked opponent in program history when the Pack stunned then No. 7 Louisville by beating the Cardinals 85-82 at the 2008 John Ascuaga's Nugget Classic. Last year, Nevada went 11-5 at home after going a perfect 7-0 at Lawlor in the non-conference season. Nevada set a new record for home attendance in the WNIT second-round game, with 3,361 fans watching the Pack take on USC. The team has had three of its five wins at home this season with a 3-6 record at Lawlor.