University of Nevada (11-9; 5-1 WAC)
at New Mexico State (13-7; 3-3 WAC)
GAME 21 ~ WAC PLAY
Sat., Jan. 30, 2010 ~ 6:05 p.m. (PT) ~ Pan American Center ~ Las Cruces, N.M.
RADIO: ESPN Radio 1450 AM; Don Marchand, pregame 15 minutes before tip off
INTERNET: Live stats (www.nevadawolfpack.com)
SERIES HISTORY: New Mexico State leads the all-time series, 19-11.
LAST MEETING: Nevada lost to New Mexico State on the road, 54-51, on February 13, 2009.
About this Game
Nevada has won five of its last six games overall and has won its last three road games. Nevada will try to make if four in a row on the road as the Pack will travel to Las Cruces, N.M. for a game Saturday at 6:05 p.m. PT against New Mexico State. The two teams split games last year with each team winning on its home court. NMSU came back from a 13-point halftime deficit to beat Nevada, 54-51, on Feb. 13, 2009.
About the Nevada Wolf Pack
Nevada is coming off a 68-56 win at home over LA Tech on Tuesday. Tahnee Robinson tied her career high with 25 points while Shavon Moore added 11 and Nicole Williams added nine. Amanda Johnson set a career high with eight assists. Kayla Williams led the team with nine boards while Marissa Hammond had seven.
As a team, the Pack is shooting 40.1 percent from the floor, 32.4 from three-point range and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. Nevada is averaging 63.1 points per game while its opponents are averaging 61.5 points per game. The Pack is outrebounding its opponents by an average of 5.9 boards per game. Nevada is averaging 9.1 steals per game and 12.9 assists per game.
The Pack is led in scoring by Tahnee Robinson (15.3 ppg), Shavon Moore (11.0 ppg) and Johnna Ward (10.2 ppg). Kalya Williams leads the team in rebounding (7.0 rpg) while Shavon Moore is second averaging 6.8 rebounds per game.
The Wolf Pack is coached by second-year head coach Jane Albright who has a 29-23 record at Nevada.
Follow the Pack
On the Air (Fox Sports Radio 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 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.
Upcoming Game Promotions
- Saturday, February 6 - "National Girls and Women in Sports Day" Alumni Day. Students in eight grade and under can attend a sport clinic before the game and will receive lunch. Registration required - call 682-6963.
- Saturday, February 13 - ZOO!perstars perform at halftime. The inflatable characters that will rock the house with routines that fans of all ages will love. Whether they are wildly dancing on a court, creating havoc on top of a dugout, sliding silly around on the ice or mingling with the audience, the ZOOperstars! will command any crowd's undivided attention. The ZOOperstars! are a truly unique act offering recognizable names that create interest on many levels.
- Monday February 15th - "Kay Yow/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Pink Zone Game." All fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. All fans who wear a pink shirt will get in for free.
About the New Mexico State Aggies
New Mexico State is 13-7 overall and 3-3 in WAC play. The Aggies will have had a week between games when it faces Nevada. NMSU won at Utah State, 56-55, on January 23.
The Aggies are led by Crystal Boyd who averages 15.0 ppg. Jasime Lowe averages 14.5 ppg, Madison Spence 11.7 ppg and Danisha Corbett 10.3 Boysd also leads the team in rebounding with 7.8 rpg.
Nevada News and Notes
- Nevada has won five of its last six games starting with a WAC win at San Jose State on January 6. During that span the Pack has won its last three road games.
- Three players are averaging in double figures in Nevada's WAC games this year: Tahnee Robinson (18.7 ppg); Nicole Williams (10.8 ppg) and Shavon Moore (10.5 ppg).
- Sophomore Amanda Johnson recorded a career-high eight assists against LA Tech. The eight assists are the most for a Nevada player this season passing Marianne Lombardi who recorded seven vs. UNLV.
- Nevada has recorded 23 turnovers or less in its past five games including a season-low 12 at Hawai'i, and is 4-1 in those games. Prior to those four games, the Pack recorded 25 or more turnovers in seven straight games and went 1-6 in those games.
- Tahnee Robinson has scored in double figures in 10 of her 11 career games for Nevada including the past eight games.
- Nevada's 13-point win over LA Tech, 69-56, marked Nevada biggest margin of victory over the Lady Techsters in program history. Prior to this game, the Pack's biggest margin of victory over LA Tech was seven points in 2009.
- Four players have recorded a total of eight 20-point games this season: Shavon Moore (3); Tahnee Robinson (3); Johnna Ward (1) and Nicole Williams (1).
- In each of the team's 11 wins this year the Pack is shooting 43.7 percent from the floor compared to the 35.4 percent Nevada is shooting from the floor in its nine losses.
- The Pack has two active 500 career point scorers on its roster: Johnna Ward (656 points) and Shavon Moore (564 points).
Eighteen of 20 Games Decided by Double-Digit Figures
None of the Pack's 20 games this year have been decided by five points or less and only two have been decided by five-nine points. Eleven games have been decided by 10-19 points with Nevada holding a 7-4 record in those games. Seven games have been decided by 20 or more points with Nevada holding a 3-4 record.
Success in January
The Pack has found success in the month of January over the past two seasons as the team is 11-2 in January over the past two years. This year Nevada is 5-2 in the month of January with one game remaining. Last season the Pack went a perfect 6-0 in the month of January marking the first time in program history the team went through a month undefeated.
Nevada Nearly Even in Shooting Percentage in Home and Road WAC Games
In its three WAC home games the Pack is shooting 71-of-161 from the floor for 44.1 percent while in the team's three road WAC games the team is shooting 72-of-161 from the floor for 44.7 percent.
Nevada Has the Most Players Averaging in Double Figures Since 2004-05
In its overall stats, the Pack has three players averaging in double figures (Tahnee Robinson, 15.3; Shavon Moore, 11.0 and Johnna Ward, 10.2). The three players marks the most players averaging in double figures for Nevada since the 2004-05 team had four players averaging in double figures.
Hammond Records 200th Career Rebound
Junior Marissa Hammond entered the LA Tech game with 198 career rebounds and recorded seven in the game to pass the 200 rebound mark for her career. This season Hammond is averaging 3.3 rebounds per game and is the second Nevada player to record her 200th career board this season. Sophomore Kayla Williams recorded her 200th career rebound at Hawai'i.
Nevada Wins Last Three on the Road
After losing its first six road games of the year, the Pack has won its last three. The Pack is 3-6 this season on the road and is 8-18 on the road since the start of the 2008-09 season.
Ward Closes in on 700th Career Point, Moore 600th
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 and currently has 656 career points. Shavon Moore scored her 500th career point at BYU and currently has 564 career points.
Robinson Ties Career High
Junior Tahnee Robinson tied her career high with 25 points in the Pack's win against LA Tech. Robinson also recorded 25 points in Nevada's win at Hawai'i. For the season, Robinson has recorded three 20-point games this season career and is tied with Shavon Moore for the team lead in 20-point games.
Moore Closing in on 500th Career Rebound
Junior Shavon Moore has recorded 410 rebounds and is 90 rebounds away from 500 for her career. Moore, who this season is second on the team in rebounding averaging 6.8 boards per game, is 144 rebounds from sole possession of 10th all-time in Nevada's record book.
Albright Fourth All-time in Wins at Nevada
Second-year head coach Jane Albright is fourth all-time in wins at Nevada with 29. She trails Ada Gee (117), Kim Gervasoni (59) and Anne Hope (44). Last season Albright became the winningest first-year head coach with 18 wins passing Julie Hickey who recorded 12 wins in 1981. Albright has a winning percentage of .558 which is the highest winning percentage in program history.
Lombardi on Track to be Second All-Time in Games Played
Senior Marianne Lombardi, who has played in all 20 games this year, is on track to tie former teammate Brandi Jones for second all-time in games played. Lombardi has played in 112 career games for Nevada and the Pack has 10 regular-season games remaining. If Lombardi plays in all 10 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 14th All-Time in Free Throws Made
Junior Shavon Moore is 14th all-time in free throws made with 131. She is 46 free throws away from cracking the career top-10. This season Moore is leading the team in free throws made (53), is tied with Nicole Williams for free throws attempted (71) and is shooting 74.6 percent.
Nevada in the National Stats
In games through January 24, Nevada is ranked 20th in three-point field goal percentage defense (27.1%), 32nd in rebounding margin (+6.3), 41st in free throw percentage (73.3%) and 88th in field goal percentage defense (37.7%).
Women's Basketball Timeout Luncheons
University of Nevada women's basketball coach Jane Albright will hold the second timeout luncheon of the year on 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 Idaho on February 3 at 7 p.m. PT. The Pack will return home on February 6 to host San Jose State at 2 p.m.