NEVADA (14-11, 8-4 WAC)
at BOISE STATE (14-12, 7-5 WAC)
GAME 26 ~ Western Athletic conference play
Sunday, February 22, 2009 ~ 2 p.m. (PT) ~ Taco Bell Arena ~ Boise, Idaho
RADIO: Fox Sports 1450 AM; Don Marchand, play-by-play; pregame 15 minutes before tip off
INTERNET: Live stats (www.nevadawolfpack.com)
SERIES HISTORY: Boise State leads the all-time series, 28-9.
LAST MEETING: Nevada beat Boise State 77-45 in Reno on January 30, 2009.
About This Game
The Pack will look to win its second straight WAC game as Nevada travels to Boise, Idaho to take on the Broncos Sunday at 1 p.m. PT. Nevada beat Boise State 77-45 in Reno earlier this season but the Pack has not won a game in Boise, Idaho since the 1997-98 season.
Nevada’s 32-point win over Boise State in January of this year is the Pack’s largest margin of victory this season.
Nevada, who is tied for second place in the WAC with an 8-4 record, is 4-7 on the road this season and is 3-2 on the road during WAC road games this year.
About the Nevada Wolf Pack
As a team Nevada is averaging 61.8 points per game while its opponents are averaging 60.4 points per game. The Pack is shooting 37.6 percent from the floor, 29.6 percent from three-point range and 66.8 percent from the free throw line.
The Pack averages 12.0 assists per game, 39.8 rebounds per game, 10.3 steals per game and 14.4 made free throws per game.
The Pack snapped its four-game losing streak by beating second-place Idaho, 69-53. Dellena Criner led three Nevada players in double figures with 19 points. Kayla Williams scored 11 and Johnna Ward scored 10. Brandi Jones recorded a team-high nine rebounds while Williams recorded a career-high seven boards.
Nevada dropped its fourth straight game as the Pack fell at La Tech 77-59. Johnna Ward led the Pack with 12 points while Brandi Jones added 10. Jones and Marissa Hammond each grabbed a team-high five rebounds.
Nevada is coached by first-year head coach Jane Albright who has a 14-11 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-four of Nevada’s games this season will be called by Don Marchand while five, the Nugget Classic, the Lady Griz Holiday Classic games and the game at Fresno State on Feb. 28, 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 Boise State Broncos
Boise State is 14-12 overall and 7-5 in WAC play. Boise State fell to Utah State 65-61 in Boise on Friday night. The Broncos have now lost two straight, losing to Fresno State 70-58 on Feb. 15.
Marisa Stotler leads the Broncos in scoring averaging 9.5 points per game while Heather Pilcher is second averaging 8.5. Janie Bos leads the team in rebounding averaging 6.7 rebounds per game while Marisa Stotler is second averaging 6.0.
As a team Boise State averages 61.3 points per game while its opponents average 62.7. The Broncos shoot 36.7 percent from the floor, 26.8 percent from three-point range and 65.3 percent from the free throw line.
Boise State averages 41.0 rebounds per game, 12.0 assists per game, 8.7 steals per game and 18.2 turnovers per game.
The Broncos are coached by Gordy Presnell who is in his third season. Presnell has a record of 77-44 in three years at Boise State and has a career record of 473-171 in 22 seasons.
Last Time Versus Boise State
RENO, Nev. - Boise State scored the game’s first two points before Nevada scored 12 unanswered points to take an early 12-2 lead with 15:43 left in the first half. The Broncos cut the Wolf Pack’s lead to five, 16-11, with 12:36 remaining before a three pointer by Johnna Ward with 7:17 left in the half gave Nevada 14-point lead, 30-16.
The Pack extended its first-half lead to 17 points, 37-20, on Kayla Williams’ layup and Nevada had a 14-point lead at the half, 39-25.
In the second half Brandi Jones’ three pointer put Nevada ahead by 18, 46-28, with 16:29 left in the game. The Pack used a 9-0 run, sparked by a three pointer by Dellena Criner, to extend its lead to 23 points with just under 11 minutes to play.
A jumper by Amanda Johnson gave Nevada a 77-43 lead with 2:09 to play as Nevada went on to post the 77-45 win.
Criner (20 points) led three Nevada players in double figures as Ward finished with 14 and Jones added 11. Cherlanda Franklin finished with nine points and nine rebounds.
News and Notes
- Nevada moved into a tie for second place in the WAC with an 8-4 record after beating Idaho 69-53 on February 19.
- Dellena Criner scored a team-high 19 points for Nevada to lead three Nevada players in double figures against Idaho. Kayla Williams scored 11 and Johnna Ward added 10.
- Johnna Ward has scored in double figures in each of Nevada’s last three games. Ward has recorded seven double-digit scoring games this season and has 13 career double-digit scoring games.
- Freshman Kayla Williams recorded her third career double-digit scoring game with 11 points versus Idaho. Williams scored a career-high 15 points against Louisville on November 28, 2008.
- Kayla Williams has scored the most points by a Nevada freshman (15 versus Louisville) since Johnna Ward scored 19 as a freshman in 2007-08.
- Kayla Williams recorded a career-high seven rebounds for Nevada against Idaho. Williams’ seven rebounds are the most rebound by a Pack freshman since Jen Gross recorded eight rebounds against Boise State on January 19, 2008.
- Bre’Anna Henry recorded a season-high six points and added three rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench for Nevada against Idaho.
- Nevada has played four home games in front of at least 1,000 fans this season. The third-best crowd in program history (2,661) watched Nevada play Fresno State. Other top crowds this season include: 1,623 vs. La Tech; 1,397 vs. Idaho and 1,179 vs. Utah State.
- Dellena Criner, who recorded 19 points versus Idaho, 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.
- In Nevada’s eight WAC wins the team is shooting 64.3 percent (126-196) from the free throw line while the team is only shooting 58.4 percent (44-77) in the team’s four conference losses.
- Nevada is averaging 68.6 points per game in its 14 wins while only averaging 53.2 points per game in the team’s 11 losses.
- With four regular season conference games remaining, Nevada is three wins away from tying the program record for most WAC wins. The Pack won 10 conference games during the 2006-07 season as Nevada finished WAC play 10-6.
- The program record for most conference wins in a season is 10 set as both a member of the WAC (10-6 in 2006-07) as a a member of the Big Sky Conference (10-4 in 1997-98).
- Cherlanda Franklin has recorded 34 blocks this season and has moved into fourth all-time with 94 career blocks. April Bankston (2001-05) is third all-time with 102 and Katie Golomb (1998-02) is first all-time with 121.
- Forward Cherlanda Franklin has recorded 196 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.
- Nevada is 10-3 at home this season and Nevada is 22-6 at Lawlor Events Center since the start of the 2007-08 season.
- Dellena Criner has recorded 1,532 career points and is fourth on Nevada’s all-time list. She became just the fourth player in history to record at least 1,500 career points. Dawn Pitman (1986-1990) is third all-time with 1,654 career points.
- 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.
- Cherlanda Franklin, who recorded a career-high seven blocks against Fresno State, is tied for second in the single-game record for blocks in a game. The record for blocks in a game is eight set by Katie Golomb in 2001.
- 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 17 games this season including the last eight straight from January 8 - February 6. 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, vs. Fresno State, at NMSU and vs. Idaho.)
- Brandi Jones, who recorded one steal against Idaho, has recorded 210 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 (257) and Traci Graham (237 steals, 2003-05).
- 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 14-11 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 (126) and has attempted the most free throws in the WAC (155). She also leads the league in assists (4.33 apg) and is second in steals (2.29 spg).
- Both Brandi Jones and Cherlanda Franklin both cracked the top-10 in career rebounding. Jones (563 career rebounds) is eighth all-time while Franklin (562 career rebounds) is ninth all-time. Katie Golomb (1998-02) is seventh all time with 571 career rebounds.
- 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).
- Five 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 nine times, Brandi Jones eight times, Dellena Criner once and Marissa Hammond 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 17 times, Brandi Jones five times, Johnna Ward two times 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 25 games this year and leads the team in scoring, averaging 14.9 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
2/19/09 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 410 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.
$7 per adult
$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.
Nevada will play two of its final three regular-season games on the road when the Pack plays at Fresno State on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. and at Idaho on March 4 at 7 p.m. Nevada will closeout the regular season at home hosting Hawai`i on March 7 at 7 p.m. on Senior Day.