Senior Amanda Johnson is closing in on third place in career assists
Feb. 28, 2012
RENO, Nev. -
The University of Nevada women’s basketball team (5-22, 1-11 WAC) will return home for a pair of games to close out the regular season, starting with a Thursday afternoon match up with New Mexico State (6-21, 3-9 WAC) at noon.
New Mexico State leads the overall series 21-14. The Aggies defeated the Wolf Pack earlier this year 70-50 in Las Cruces. Kayla Williams led Nevada with 12 points. Kate Kevorken and Chanelle Brennan added 11 and 10 points respectively. The Aggies are coming off a 64-50 loss at Louisiana Tech Saturday. New Mexico State is led by senior Tabytha Wampler who is averaging 13.7 ppg and 9.0 rpg.
Nevada’s final game of the regular season Saturday will kick off a Louisiana Tech doubleheader with the men’s team. The women will take on the Lady Techsters at 4 p.m. and the men will face the Bulldogs at 7 p.m.
“Noon game for Free”- Admission to the game is free for all fans. Fans are encouraged to park for free in
the West Stadium Parking Garage on floors 4,5,6.
Aja Johnson and Danika Sharp Player Card Night- Freshman Aja Johnson and Sophomore Danika
Sharp will be on hand to sign their player cards following the game.
LAST TIME OUT
The University of Nevada women’s basketball team ended its final regular season road trip with a 72-68 loss to
Hawai`i last Saturday evening.
A jumper by Kayla Williams and a three pointer by Kate Kevorken gave Nevada an early 5-2 lead. Vicky Tagalicod’s
jump shot at the 9:29 mark put Hawai`i up 14-9. Danika Sharp poured in six straight points for Nevada to
put the team ahead 15-14. Kanisha Bello led the Rainbow Wahine to a 9-4 run, giving Hawai’i its biggest lead of
the half at six points with five minutes left. Chanelle Brennan and Amanda Johnson finished the half strong for
Nevada, leading the team with seven and five points respectively to tie the score at halftime 32-32.
Sharp continued her strong play in the second half, scoring eight points in the early minutes to help Nevada to
a 53-46 lead. A four point play by Kanisha Bello started a 12-0 Hawai`i run to give her team a 58-53 lead. Danika
Sharp’s three point basket with four minutes to go ended an eight minute Nevada drought to get the Pack
within four at 60-56. The Rainbow Wahine responded with a three point shot by Bello and a layup by Tagalicod
to extend their lead to nine. A Kevorken three and consecutive shots at the free throw line by Arielle Wideman
cut the Hawai`i lead to four. That would be the closest Nevada would get as the Rainbow Wahine hit their free
throws down the stretch to win the game 72-68. Danika Sharp led all scorers with 20 points.
CLOSE GAMES FOR THE PACK
Although Nevada is 5-22 on the year, 15 of the games have been decided by 10 points or less. The
Pack is 4-11 in those games, defeating Idaho in the first meeting this season 76-70 (6), CSU Bakersfield
85-76 (9), Oregon 76-74 (2) and Butler 71-69 (2) in the Nugget Classic. Nevada is 2-6 in games
decided by 5 points or less, losing to Hawai`i in the season rematch 72-68 (4).
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 13 of its 27 games, leading the team with 20
points in the loss to San Jose State. Kevorken’s 15.7 ppg average is good for third best in the WAC.
Her 56 made three-pointers puts Kevorken in second place in the WAC, averaging 2.07 made 3fg
SPEAKING OF CLOSE GAMES
Nevada has battled teams late in games this season. Three times this year the game has gone into
overtime. Nevada is 0-3 in its overtime games this year, falling to Idaho 87-86, Pacific 75-70 and
Long Beach State 61-58. As a program Nevada has played in 26 overtime games, going 8-18 (.31).
Nevada’s last overtime win occurred in the WAC tournament on March 12, 2009 against LA Tech
91-88. The most overtime games the Pack has had previously in a season was two (1997-1998).
WILLIAMS CLIMBS NEVADA’S BLOCKS LIST
Forward Kayla Williams is making her way up to the top of Nevada’s career blocks list. The senior
has swatted away 112 shots during her four years with the team, which ties her for second best in
the program with Chris Starr (1982-86). Williams needs nine more to tie Katie Golomb (1998-
2002) for the program’s lead.
AMANDA THE ASSISTS MACHINE
Senior Amanda Johnson is quickly climbing Nevada’s career assists list with a total of 369. The
guard passed Traci Graham (2003-07) for fourth best on the program’s career list with eight assists
in the Utah State loss. The senior needs five more to tie Dellena Criner (2005-2009) for third best.
Johnson’s 112 assists this season is good for second best in the conference. Johnson is averaging
4.1 assists per game.
BRENNAN STEPS UP
Guard Chanelle Brennan has stepped up in her expanded role this year. The Junior transfer has
scored in double-figures in 14 straight games for Nevada, pitching in 14 points in the Hawai`i rematch.
Brennan recorded a career high 20 points in the first 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 26 games for the Pack, starting in 17.
PACK ON TOP OF THE WAC STATS
Forward Kayla Williams leads the WAC individual statistical category for blocks with 40 and field
goal percentage with .521.
BLOCK PARTY FOR THE PACK
Nevada’s 118 rejections on the year puts them in first place in that team WAC category. The Pack is
averaging 4.37 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.