Add Another Win for Women's Basketball
Feb. 12, 2005
Reno, Nev. - There was no memory of a seven game losing streak that ended earlier this week for the University of Nevada women's basketball team as they picked up their second straight win at Lawlor Events Center Saturday night. In front of a loud 1,185 faithful, Nevada downed UTEP 68-62 improving to 7-16 (3-10 WAC).
The Wolf Pack was out-shot from the field, hitting just 36.4 percent, but raked in the three pointers scoring eight, a tie for its season-high. Nevada has not made eight three-pointers in a game since the road trip to BYU back on Nov. 24. The Pack turned in a season-low 11 turnovers while picking up 12 steals and forcing 21 turnovers by UTEP. Nevada capitalized big off the MIners' mistakes, scoring 27 points off turnovers, while UTEP had just eight.
Double-digit scoring performances came out of three Wolf Pack players with freshman Meghan McGuire (Orange County, Calif.) leading all socers with 23. McGuire had now had five games this year scoring 20 points or more. Sophomore Jessica Preslar (Roseville, Calif.) was big from the free-throw line hitting 11-12, and also picked up one three to give her a 14 point performance. Preslar's free throws are what locked in the Pack's win as she hit four in the final minute to seal it up. Freshman Cherlanda Franklin (Phoenix, Ariz.) dished in 10 points on 5-9 shooting.
Preslar also tied with senior Amber Young (Scottsdale, Ariz.) to lead the team with nine rebounds. McGuire was also big defensively leading the game with four steals Young also picked up six assists. The Pack did continue to struggle to find its usual groove at the charity stripe connecting on 69 percent.
After a much needed successful home stand, Nevada will now have to turn around and hit the road for the next two weeks. First the Pack will travel to Rice on Feb. 17 and Tulsa on Feb. 19. The trip will wrap up the next Saturday at Fresno State when Nevada plays at 5 p.m. in a double-header with the men. That game on Feb. 26 will be the final road game of the year for the Silver and Blue as they will host Hawai'i and San Jose State the following week before the WAC Tournament on March 8-12.