Jan. 31, 2012
RENO, Nev. -
The University of Nevada women's basketball team (5-15, 1-4 WAC) will travel to Ruston, La. to battle the Lady Techsters (10-10, 3-2 WAC) of Louisiana Tech Thursday 5:00 p.m. PT. at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Louisiana Tech leads the overall series 20-6. The two teams last met in the WAC tournament semi-final last season, where Louisiana Tech defeated Nevada 66-59. Tahnee Robinson had a team high 23 points and nine rebounds. Kayla Williams pitched in 10 points and seven rebounds. Louisiana Tech is coming off a three-game road trip that started with a 61-46 loss at Hawai`i before defeating San Jose State 70-64 and New Mexico State 69-42. The Lady Techsters are led by their senior forward Shantale Bramble-Donaldson at 10.7 ppg and 7.3 rpg.
LAST TIME OUT
The University of Nevada women's basketball team fell to San Jose State 86-79 last Saturday afternoon.
Senior guard Amanda Johnson got Nevada off to a nice start, scoring five straight points for the Wolf Pack. With two assists in the opening half, Johnson passed Angie Heer (1997-01) for fifth on the all-time list. The teams were tied at 11-11 before San Jose State got out to a nine point lead at the 5:08 mark. A three-pointer by Emily Burns cut the Spartans lead to six, allowing the Wolf Pack to get down to a 35-32 deficit at the half. Chanelle Brennan led Nevada with nine first half points.
WAC leading scorer Brittany Johnson came out of the break strong for the Spartans, scoring on back to back possessions before Amanda Johnson answered with a three pointer. San Jose State gained its biggest lead of the game at 11 points at the 11:27 mark. The Spartans scored 46 points in the paint to 26 for the Pack. With three minutes left in the game, Nevada got within one point of the Spartans on a jumper by Arielle Wideman. The Spartans increased their lead to five on free throws by Brittany Johnson. Kate Kevorken responded by hitting a three point shot with 40 seconds left, bringing Nevada within two at 81-79. That would be the last made shot for Nevada as the Spartans finished 5-6 from the free throw line to win the game 86-79.
Kate Kevorken led Nevada with 25 points. Chanelle Brennan added 14 points. Freshman Emily Burns recorded her second career double-double, finishing with 10 points and 12 rebounds. San Jose State's Brittany Johnson led all scorers with 32 points.
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 12 of its 20 games, pitching in 25 points in the loss to San Jose State. Kevorken's 17.3 ppg average is good for second best in the WAC. Her 44 made three-pointers puts Kevorken in second place in the WAC, averaging 2.20 made 3fg per game.
BURNS ADDS TO CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE TOTAL
Freshman Emily Burns made the most of her extended minutes in the San Jose State loss. Burns logged a season high 31 minutes and finished with her second career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Burns recorded her first double-double in the Idaho win, finishing with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
BRENNAN STEPS UP
Guard Chanelle Brennan has stepped up in her expanded role this year. The Junior transfer finished has scored in double-figures in seven straight games for Nevada. Brennan recorded 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 20 games for the Pack, starting in 11.
CLOSE GAMES FOR THE PACK
Although Nevada is 5-15 on the year, 12 of the games have been decided by 10 points or less. The Pack is 4-8 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 fifth place on the program's career assists list at 337. Johnson passed Angie Heer (1997-01) for fifth all-time with four assists in the San Jose State loss. The senior needs 17 more to tie Traci Graham (2003-07) for fourth best.
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.
Dating back to the beginning of the 2008-09 season, Nevada has out-rebounded or tied its opponents in rebounding in 61 games. This year, the Pack has out-rebounded 12 of its 20 opponents by a total margin of 1.1 boards per game. The Pack sits in first in the WAC in offensive rebounding percentage, and offensive rebounds, second in rebounding offense, and third in rebounding margin.
FRESHMEN MAKING THEIR MARK
As a young team, Nevada is leaning on production from its newcomers. Aja Johnson received her first career start in the Peppermill Holiday Classic consolation game against Mississippi St., logging 28 minutes and finishing with five points, five rebounds and four blocks. Johnson had a breakout game in the win over CSU Bakersfield, eclipsing her career high off the bench with 17 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Johnson shot 75 percent from the field in the Idaho win, finishing with six points and seven rebounds. Emily Burns recorded her second career double-double in the San Jose State loss. Logging 31 minutes of action with 10 points and 12 rebounds. The two newcomers both started the game against in-state rival UNLV. Johnson has started in four games this year while Burns has started in three.
BLOCK PARTY FOR THE PACK
Nevada's 89 rejections on the year puts them in second place in that team WAC category. The Pack is averaging 4.45 blocks per game as a team. In the CSU Bakersfield win Kayla Williams recorded six blocks in the game which is third best in the program's history.