Women's Basketball Snaps Rough Streak
Feb. 10, 2005
Reno, Nev. - With a 58-53 win Thursday night over Boise State at Lawlor Events Center, the University of Nevada women's basketball team snapped a seven-game losing streak and doubled its win total from the 2003-04 season. Nevada improved to 6-16 (2-10 WAC) avenging an earlier 70-51 loss from January 15 in Boise.
The Wolf Pack shot a strong 45.1 percent from the field, but struggled from its usual reliable free throw shooting, with just 11-25 (44 percent). The Pack forced 20 turnovers on 10 steals, but gave up the ball 22 times. Nevada dominated the game at the glass taking 42 rebounds compared to 31 by Boise and had five blocks, with the Broncos none.
The game was tight from the beginning with a total of 11 lead changes and three ties through the night. After Nevada held a lead through the beginning of the first half, Boise took it over with 10:11 on the clock and kept it taking a 27-25 lead at the intermission. Nevada soon took it back, but not for long as the Pack let the Broncos run up the biggest lead of the night at seven with 10:36 left. The Pack then sparked a 7-0 with a couple of blocks and a couple of turnovers to take the lead and hold it out to the final.
Sophomore Jessica Preslar (Roseville, Calif.) continued her strong play from the last three weeks, leading the Pack with 15 points. Sophomore Traci Graham (Reno, Nev.) recorded her eighth double-digit scoring game of the year with 13, while senior Amber Young (Scottsdale, Ariz.) had a huge night at the glass picking up a game high 12 rebounds and dished in three assists.
Boise State was led by Cassidy Blaine with 15, Tasha Harris had 11 and Michelle Hessing 10. Blaine also led her team in rebounding with eight.
Nevada will hope to continue its winning ways at home when UTEP comes into town on Saturday, Feb. 12. The Miners gave Fresno State its first home WAC win Thursday, falling 65-47. UTEP was held to 39.0 percent shooting and committed 26 turnovers - its second most this season. The Miners held a slim rebounding edge, 32-30. The Miners drop to 9-13 (4-8 WAC).
The game will be held in connection with the Nevada celebration for National Girls and Women in sports day with a host of special events beginning at 4 p.m. and leading up to the 7 p.m. tip-off. Local elementary students are invited to the events and can get free admission to the women's game if they contact Meredith Montoya in the athletics department at (775) 784-6900 ext. 293 for a reservation in advance. Space for the pre-game events is limited.