NEVADA (13-8, 7-1 WAC)
vs. UTAH STATE (10-12, 4-5 WAC)
GAME 22 ~ Western Athletic Conference Play
Sunday, February 8, 2009 ~ 2 p.m. (PT) ~ Lawlor Events Center ~ Reno, Nev.
RADIO: Fox Sports 1450 AM; Don Marchand, play-by-play; pregame 15 minutes before tip off
INTERNET: Live stats/live streaming video (www.nevadawolfpack.com)
SERIES HISTORY: Nevada leads the all-time series 5-4
LAST MEETING: Nevada beat Utah State in Logan, Utah, 56-49, on January 14, 2009
About This Game
Nevada will close out its four-game home stand on Sunday hosting Utah State at 2 p.m. The Pack lost its first WAC game of the season on Friday night against Fresno State, 63-60, and suffered its first home loss since November 18, 2008.
Nevada, who is in first place in the WAC with a 7-1 record, is 9-2 at home this season and is 21-5 at home since the start of the 2007-08 season. Utah State is in sixth place in the WAC with a 4-5 WAC record.
About the Nevada Wolf Pack
As a team Nevada is averaging 62.6 points per game while its opponents are averaging 60.1 points per game. The Pack is shooting 38.0 percent from the floor, 28.9 percent from three-point range and 67.5 percent from the free throw line.
The Pack averages 11.9 assists per game, 40.2 rebounds per game, 10.5 steals per game and 15.0 made free throws per game.
Nevada suffered its first WAC loss of the year, falling at home to Fresno State 63-60. Dellena Criner led all scorers with 22 points. She also added five assists and four steals in 37 minutes. Cherlanda Franklin added 13 points while Shavon Moore grabbed seven rebounds for Nevada.
Nevada won its seventh straight game and remained undefeated in WAC play at 7-0 with a 61-55 win over San Jose State. Dellena Criner scored 12 points to lead the Pack while Cherlanda Franklin added 11.
Nevada is coached by first-year head coach Jane Albright who has a 13-8 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 Utah State Aggies
Utah State is 10-12 overall and 4-5 in WAC play. Utah State fell in both of its game last week at home losing to Hawai`i 63-61 and Fresno State 68-59. Utah State’s game versus Nevada is the Aggies’ only game this week.
Ana Pares leads two players in double figures averaging 13.8 points per game while Danyelle Snelgro averages 12.9 points per game. Nicole Johnson leads the team in rebounding averaging 6.4 rebounds per game.
As a team, the Aggies are averaging 57.5 points per game while its opponents are averaging 58.1 points per game. Utah State shoots 38.9 percent from the floor, 31.1 percent from the three point range and 63.4 percent from the free throw line.
Utah State averages 36.8 rebounds per game, 16.8 turnovers per game, 8.5 steals per game and 12.0 assists per game.
Utah State is coached by Utah State is coached by Raegan Pebley who is in her sixth season. She has a 52-110 record at Utah State.
Upcoming Women’s Basketball Promotions
Nevada’s game on February 8 versus Utah State at 2 p.m. is National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Members from Nevada’s sports teams, including swimming and diving, volleyball, rifle, tennis, soccer, golf, baseball, men’s basketball, football and cheer and dance, 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 12:30 p.m. and lunch will be served to all participants and their parents. Admission to the clinic is free and entitles participants to free admission to the basketball game.
Nevada’s game on February 19 versus Idaho at 7 p.m. is “Pack it with Pink” night and fans that wear pink to the game will get in free. Head men’s and women’s basketball coaches Mark Fox and Jane Albright will each donate $1 for each fan in attendance to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. In addition, Nevada is asking fans 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 former head women's basketball coach at NC State and was a founding member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). She was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time in 1987 and passed away on January 24, 2009.
WAC Play Up Tour to Sop 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.
News and Notes
- Nevada saw its seven-game winning streak, tied for the second longest in program history, snapped by Fresno State Friday night as the Bulldogs posted a 63-60 win.
- Nevada’s three-point margin of defeat was tied for the Pack’s smallest margin of defeat this season with Nevada’s 62-59 loss to Hampton on December 29, 2009.
- The third largest crowd in program history, 2,661 fans, watched first-place Nevada host second-place Fresno State. The second largest crowd in program history is 2,685 set in 2005 while the program record is 3,160 set in 2000.
- Nevada’s three-point loss to Fresno State’s was the Pack’s first WAC loss of the season and it was also the Pack’s first loss at home since a loss to BYU on November 18, 2008.
- Cherlanda Franklin recorded a career-high seven blocks against Fresno State passing her previous career-high of four.
- Cherlanda Franklin’s seven blocks places her in a tie for second all-time in Nevada’s single-game record book. The record for blocks in a game is eight set by Katie Golomb in 2001.
- Dellena Criner, who recorded 22 points versus Fresno State, has recorded seven 20-point games this season. For her career, she has recorded 22 20-point games and two 30-point games including a career-high 33 at Boise State in 2008.
- Nevada has held five opponents this season to 50 points or under this season. The Pack has held four of its five opponents to 50 points or under during a span from January 14 - February 1, 2009.
- Nevada is 9-2 at home this season and Nevada is 21-5 at Lawlor Events Center since the start of the 2007-08 season.
- Three Nevada players played 30 or more minutes against Fresno State: Dellena Criner 37 minutes, Cherlanda Franklin 34 minutes and Johnna Ward 31 minutes.
- Nevada went undefeated (6-0) during the month of January marking the first time in program history a team went through a month undefeated.
- The Pack has outrebounded or tied its opponents in rebounding in 15 games this season including the last eight games. The Pack has outrebounded its opponents in the following games: Eastern Washington, BYU, UNLV, St. Mary’s, Northern Iowa, #7 Louisville, Santa Clara, vs. La Tech, vs. New Mexico State at Utah State, at Hawai`i, at SJSU, vs. Boise State, vs. SJSU and vs. Fresno State.)
- Brandi Jones, who recorded one steal against Fresno State, has recorded 205 career steals. Jones became just the third player in program history to record at least 200 career steals. She joined teammate Dellena Criner, the all-time leader in steals (250) and Traci Graham (237 steals, 2003-05).
- Forward Cherlanda Franklin has recorded 192 career steals and is on pace to become the fourth player in history to record at least 200 career steals. She would be the first forward to record at least 200 career steals.
- The Pack shot a season-high 48.2 percent from the floor (27-of-56) against Boise State.
- First-year head coach Jane Albright became the all-time winningist first-year head coach with the Pack’s win over San Jose State on February 1. Albright, who is 13-8 this season, passed Julie Hickey who recorded 12 wins (12-15 overall) during her first season as head coach during the 1982-83 season.
- Nevada’s recorded its biggest margin of victory this year posting a 32-point win (77-45) win over Boise State on January 31, 2009.
- Dellena Criner has made the most free throws of any player in the conference (114) and has attempted the most free throws in the WAC (140). She also leads the league in assists (93 apg) and is second in steals (52 spg).
- 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 (539 career rebounds) and Cherlanda Franklin (546 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 (546 career rebounds) is eighth all-time while Jones (539 career rebounds) is ninth all-time.
- This season Cherlanda Franklin has recorded 150 rebounds. Franklin, who is averaging a team-leading 7.2 rebounds per game, has recorded at least 100 rebounds per season for the third time in her career. Franklin is on pace to break her record of most rebounds in a season. She recorded 157 rebounds during 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).
- Four players have led for been tied for the team lead in rebounds this season. Cherlanda Franklin has led Nevada in rebounding 11 times, Shavon Moore eight times, Brandi Jones five 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 15 times, Brandi Jones five times, Johnna Ward once and Cherlanda Franklin once.
- 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 Clara. Nevada 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).
- Nevada has had six 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. Nevada made 26 free throws on 41 attempts versus San Jose State while the Spatrans made 2-of-6.
Criner Named a Candidate 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 21 games this year and leads the team in scoring, averaging 15.4 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 14 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 408 career wins. She has earned 13 at Nevada, 48 at Wichita State, 161 at Wisconsin and 188 at Northern Illinois.
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.
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.
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$4 per Youth (12 and under) and Senior (65 and older)
$4 groups of 10 or more
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.
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.
The Pack will play its next two games on the road playing at New Mexico State on Friday, February 15 at 6:05 p.m. PT and at La Tech on Sunday, February 17 at Noon PT.