Women's Basketball Drops Contest To Hawaii
March 3, 2005
Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada women's basketball team dropped 62-54 to the University of Hawai'i in its first of two final home games on Thursday at Lawlor Events Center. With the loss Nevada falls to 7-20 (3-14 WAC) which marked it a lock for the No. 10 seed for next week's WAC Tournament.
The game was slow to start for both teams with a 19-12 score at halftime. The Wolf Pack struggled to get the shots to fall hitting just 5-33 in the first half, for 15.2 percent. The Pack's 12 points is the lowest first-half scoring production of the season. The Pack soon woke up in the second going on fire from the field hitting 50 percent and 75 percent from the free throw line. Nevada would end the game with the advantage at rebounding at 45-41.
Senior April Bankston (Hayward, Calif.) led the Pack in scoring with her second-best performance of the season with 17. Freshman Cherlanda Franklin (Phoenix, Ariz.) had a strong game, tallying her first career double-double. Franklin scored 10 points and 10 boards after starting for the ninth time this year. Freshman Meghan McGuire (Orange County, Calif.) scored 11 points while senior Amber Young (Scottsdale, Ariz.) led the team with 12 rebounds.
In other WAC action Thursday, San Jose State lost at Fresno State 73-64 which guarantees the Bulldogs a bye in the play-in round of the tournament. So with Nevada the guaranteed 10-seed, Hawai'i will be the seven-seed, meaning the Pack and Wahine will re-face each other in the play-in game on Tuesday, March 8 again in Lawlor Events Center.
Nevada has one final game left on the regular season when it hosts San Jose State on Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. The game will be the final for three Pack seniors who will be honored prior to the game.