Women's Hoops to Host Fresno State Saturday on Senior Night

~ GAME 29 ~

Saturday, March 8, 2008 * 6 p.m. (PT) * Lawlor Events Center * Reno, Nev.

TV/RADIO: None/Fox Sports Radio AM 1450; Ben Deach; Pregame 5:45 p.m. (PT)
INTERNET: Live stats and live streaming video (nevadawolfpack.com)
SERIES HISTORY: Fresno State leads the all-time series, 20-9
LAST MEETING: Fresno State beat Nevada, 81-49, in Fresno, Calif., on Jan. 31, 2008.  Brandi Fitzgerald led Nevada with nine points.  

About This Game
Nevada will look to snap its three-game losing streak on Saturday when the Pack hosts Fresno State on Senior Night at 6 p.m.  Fresno State, who is in second place in the WAC, is 8-7 on the road this season while Nevada is 12-2 at home.  The Pack’s five seniors, Mikail Price, Coty Feest, Sabrina Keys, Jessica Cox and Andrea Sitton, will be honored before the game. 

About the Nevada Wolf Pack
Nevada fell, 70-64, at La Tech on March 1.  Dellena Criner scored a game-high 29 points while Sabrina Keys added 13 in the loss.  Cherlanda Franklin added a team-high 10 rebounds for the Pack.  As a team, Nevada tied its season-high, attempting 72 field goals.  The Pack dropped back-to-back games for the first time all season, falling at New Mexico State, 70-49 on Feb. 28.  Johnna Ward scored 15 points and made her first career start for Nevada while Sabrina Keys grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds for the Pack.  Nevada fell at Utah State 56-48 on Feb. 21 to open a three-game road trip.  Brandi Fitzgerald scored a team-high 15 points and added eight rebounds for the Pack.  Franklin added 10 points for Nevada.  Criner, who scored five points in the loss, moved into sixth on Nevada’s all-time scoring list with 1,098 career points.  Nevada beat Idaho, 68-48, on Feb. 16 behind 15 points from both Criner and Franklin.  Sabrina Keys (11 points) and Mikail Price (10 points) also scored in double figures for Nevada.  The win gave Nevada its 18th win of the season, the most overall wins under fifth-year head coach Kim Gervasoni.  As a team this season, Nevada is averaging 68.5 points per game  while holding its opponents to just under 65 points per contest (64.2). Criner (16.4 ppg) and Price (9.4 ppg) are the Pack’s leading scorers while Franklin leads the team in rebounding, averaging 5.3 rpg.  The Pack is coached by Kim Gervasoni who is in her fifth season with Nevada and has a 59-90 overall record.

About the Fresno State Bulldogs
Fresno State is 18-10 overall and are in second place in the WAC with a 13-2 record.  Fresno State’s two WAC losses have come on the road at Boise State and Utah State.  The Bulldogs are led by Tierre Wilson (15.4 ppg and 4.7 rpg) and Jalessa Ross (12.0 ppg and 4.8 rpg).  Erica Henry leads the team in rebounding, averaging 6.3 rebounds per game.  As a team, Fresno State is averaging 70.9 points per game while holding its opponents to 64.8 points per game.  Fresno State is coached by Adrian Wiggins who is in his third season as head coach. 
Follow the Pack
On the Air (AM 1450 Fox Sports Radio): All of Nevada’s home games will be broadcast on AM 1450 (Fox Sports Radio).  In addition, nine road games and the WAC Tournament will be broadcast.  On-air duties will be handled by Dan Gustin, Don Marchand and Ben Deach.  A complete broadcast schedule can be found on page six of this release. 

Live Stats: All of Nevada’s home games this season and selected 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 online at the link below.

News and Notes
- With one regular season game remaining and WAC Tournament play, Nevada is two wins away from the first 20-win season in program history and is one win away from tying the program record for wins in a season (19).  Nevada's win over Idaho on Feb. 16 gave Nevada its most overall wins under fifth-year head coach Kim Gervasoni (18). 

- A WAC win over Fresno State on Saturday would give Nevada its second consecutive 10- win conference season.  A win versus Fresno State would also give Nevada its fourth 10- win conference season in program history (1997-98, 2002-03 and 2006-07). 

- Freshman Johnna Ward made her first career start for Nevada against New Mexico State and scored a team-high 15 points.  Ward, along with Shavon Moore, are the only Pack freshmen to start this season. 

- Nevada’s senior class of Coty Feest, Mikail Price, Jessica Cox, Sabrina Keys and Andrea Sitton have combined for 93 games played, 29 starts, 74 steals and 406 points this season.

- Nevada’s game at La Tech on March 1 marked the first time this season the Pack’s bench was held to zero points.

- Dellena Criner (194 career steals) needs six steals to become just the second player in history to record at least 200 career steals.  Traci Graham (2003-07) is first in Nevada’s career record book with 237 career steals. 

- Dellena Criner (1,136 career points) moved into sixth on Nevada’s all-time scoring list after scoring five points at Utah State on Feb. 21.  She is now just seven points from fifth on Nevada’s all-time scoring list.    

- Senior Sabrina Keys recorded a career-high 12 rebounds at New Mexico State on Feb. 28. 

- The Pack, who has recorded 360 steals this season, is 26 steals away from setting a single-season record for steals.  Nevada, who has one regular season game remaining, is averaging 12.86 steals per game.  The current single-season steal record is 385 set last season. 

- Nevada is 12-2 at home this season.  Nevada won 10 straight at home from December 1, 2007 to February 2, 2008.  

- Nevada has had at least one player score in double figures in 27 of the Pack’s 28 games. 

- Nevada has had three home games with over 1,000 fans in attendance (1,953 vs. NMSU, 1,103 vs. Idaho and 1,027 vs. Utah State).

- After scoring 17 points against La Tech on Jan. 24, Dellena Criner scored her 1,000th career point for Nevada.  Criner, who has recorded 1,136 career points, is just the eighth player in history to score at least 1,000 career points.

- The Pack has played in six games this season in which its opponent has never led in the game (Southern, San Francisco, Idaho (twice), Utah State and San Jose State).  

- Seven Nevada players (Dellena Criner, Mikail Price, Marianne Lombardi, Johnna Ward, Brandi Fitzgerald, Shavon Moore and Cherlanda Franklin) have recorded a total of 16 games in which they have hit double-digit scoring by halftime. 

- In its 18 wins this season, Nevada is averaging 73.3 points per game while holding its opponents to 58.7 points per game.  In the Pack’s 10 losses, the team is averaging 59.9 points per game while allowing 74.1 points per game. 

- Seven players (Bre`Anna Henry, Jennifer Gross, Johnna Ward, Brandi Fitzgerald, Mikail Price, Dellena Criner and Cherlanda Franklin) have played in all 28 games this season.

- Nevada has scored at least 80 points in three games this season and has scored at least 70 points 12 times this season.

- Nevada is first in the conference in steals (360) and third in scoring defense (64.2 ppg).

- This season the Pack has had 16 games in which Nevada has had at least three players score in double figures (Stephen F. Austin, Southern, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, CS Fullerton, UNLV, San Francisco, San Jose State, Hawai`i, Boise St., La Tech, NMSU, San Jose St., Hawai`i, Boise State and Idaho).  Nevada is 13-3 in games in which at least three players scored in double figures.

- Nevada has had five players score in double figures in three games this season, against CS Fullerton on Dec. 16 (Criner, Price, Moore, Ward and Franklin), against New Mexico State on Jan. 26 (Criner, Price, Franklin, Ward and Henry) and at San Jose State on Feb. 7 (Criner, Franklin, Ward, Henry and Fitzgerald).

- Nevada has scored at least 60 points in 23 of its 28 games this season including scoring a season-high 84 points in a win versus UNLV on Dec. 28. 

- Dellena Criner, who has scored in double-figures in 21 of the last 26 games, is first in the WAC in scoring averaging 16.4 points per game.  For her career, the junior guard has recorded 51 double-digit scoring games including 14 20-point games and two 30-point games.  
- Nevada has held 19 of its 28 opponents to under 70 points this season, including holding nine opponents (Santa Clara, 51; Stephen F. Austin, 55; Southern, 52; UC Riverside, 52;  CS Fullerton, 57; San Jose St., 52; Idaho, 53, Utah St., 55 and Utah State 56) to under 60 points per game.  In addition, Nevada has held two opponents, San Francisco (44) and Idaho (48), to under 50 points.    

- Dellena Criner is one of just two players in the WAC to have recorded at least 30 points in a game this season and has scored the most points in a game (33) of any player in the conference this season.  Her 33 points are the most by a Pack player since Kate Smith (2000-03) scored 36 points in a win over Air Force on January 8, 2000. 

- The Pack has had five different players as Nevada’s top scorer.  Dellena Criner has been Nevada’s leading scorer in 15 games, while Cherlanda Franklin has led the Pack in scoring five times.  Mikail Price has led the team in scoring three times and Brandi Fitzgerald has led the team in scoring three times.  Johnna Ward has led the team in scoring twice while Shavon Moore has been Nevada’s leading scorer in one game this season. 

- The Pack has had four players record a double-double this season, Marianne Lombardi Shavon Moore, Cherlanda Franklin and Brandi Fitzgerald.  Lombardi recorded her first career double-double against Stephen F. Austin while Moore recorded her first career double-double at UC Riverside.  Franklin recorded her third career double-double against Utah Valley University while Fitzgerald recorded her second career double-double against Hawai`i.  

-Nevada shot a season-high 57.1 percent (28-of-49) from the field in the Pack’s win over Utah State on Feb. 2. 

- Nevada attempted a program-record 44 free throws in the Pack’s win over New Mexico State on Jan. 26. Nevada made 35 free throws in the game, one away from tying the program record for free throws made in a game (36 vs. San Jose State in 1995).

- Nevada has not dropped below .500 all season.  The Pack has been at .500 twice this season (1-1 and 2-2) but Nevada has been above .500 since Nov. 22.   Nevada had a season-high .750 winning percentage on Dec. 30 when the team was 9-3 and on Jan. 17 with a 12-4 record.   

Criner Named to the WBCA National Player of the Month Honorable Mention Team
Dellena Criner was named to the WBCA National Player of the Month Honorable Mention Team for the month of December.  Only one player from each conference can be nominated for the WBCA National Player of the Month.  Criner earned the honor after being named WAC Player of the Week twice in December.   During the month of December she recorded 10 consecutive double-digit scoring games, helped lead the team to a Nugget Classic Championship and was named Nugget Classic MVP.  She scored a then career-high 32 points against Idaho State on Dec. 2 and recorded a career-high eight steals versus Southern on Dec. 1.  For the month, Criner averaged 18.5 points per game, shot 50.7 percent from the floor, 57.9 percent from three-point range and 74.7 percent from the line.

Gervasoni Wins 50th Career Game at Nevada
Fifth-year head coach Kim Gervasoni, who picked up her 50th career victory in Nevada’s 66-44 victory over San Francisco on Dec. 30, became just the second coach in Nevada history to win 50 games with the Pack.  Gervasoni is the second winningest coach in Nevada history (59-90) and became just the second coach in history to record at least 50 career wins with the Pack.  Ada Gee (1993-2003) is Nevada’s winningest coach, with a 117-161 record.

Double-Digit scoring
Through 28 games this season, 10 Nevada players have recorded a total of 79 double-digit scoring games.  Mikail Price has scored in double figures 14 times, while Shavon Moore has scored in double digits six times.  Cherlanda Franklin has scored in double figures 10 times and Johnna Ward has scored in double figures nine times.  Brandi Fitzgerald has recorded 11 double-digit scoring games and Bre`Anna Henry has scored in double figures three times.  Marianne Lombardi and Jen Gross have each recorded one double-digit scoring game while Sabrina Keys has recorded three.  Dellena Criner has recorded 21 double-digit scoring games this season.    

Tough D
Through 28 games this season, Nevada has held 19 of its 28 opponents to under 70 points per game.  The Pack has held opponents to under 60 points 11 times this season versus Santa Clara (51), versus Stephen F. Austin (55), versus Southern (52), at UC Riverside (52), versus CS Fullerton (57), versus USF (44), versus San Jose St. (52), at Idaho (53), versus Utah St. (55), versus Idaho (48) at at Utah State (56).  Through 28 games, Nevada is third in the WAC in scoring defense, holding opponents to 64.2 points per game.

Sitton Named a Candidate for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award
Senior forward Andrea Sitton has been selected as one of the 30 initial candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for the 2007-08 basketball season.  The award presented annually to the NCAA Division I Student- Athlete of the Year in eight sports focuses on the “Four C’s” of classroom, character, community and competition.  Lowe’s will award the winner with a trophy during the NCAA Final Four.  This season, Sitton has played in all 10 of Nevada’s games and is averaging 7.5 minutes per game.  Sitton is a three-time Academic All-WAC honoree and has a 3.68 GPA in elementary education.  Sitton, who was named to the Dean’s List in the fall of 2006 and spring of 2007, is scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2008.  Sitton has participated in a number of community service activities including: the X-Treme Ability Challenge (2004); Race for the Cure (2004-07); the Heart Walk (2005-06); Renown Seniors’ Day (2007) and the Girls and Women in Sports Day (2004-06).  She has also been a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) since 2004 and is a member of several clubs including Intervarsity, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Champions for Christ.  

Nevada Radio Broadcast Schedule
Starting with Nevada’s game against Southern on Dec. 1, the University of Nevada women’s basketball team will have 13 home games and a total of 22 regular-season games broadcast on Fox Sports Radio, AM 1450.  On-air duties will be handled by Ben Deach. 

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 13 WAC Championships since joining the conference in 2001, including the volleyball tournament five times from 2002-06, basketball in 2005 and 2006, indoor track and field in 2001 and 2002, baseball in 2007, men’s golf in 2007, soccer in 2006 and women’s golf in 2001.

Nevada's 6th in the Nation in Steals (as of 3/2/08)
In the latest NCAA stats released March 2, Nevada is sixth in the nation in steals.  In 28 games Nevada has recorded 360 steals and is averaging 12.9 steals per contest.  Georgia Tech leads the nation in steals (14.5 spg) followed by N.C. A&T (13.9 spg), Duke (13.4 spg), Morgan State (13.4 spg) and North Carolina (13.1 spg).  Cherlanda Franklin is first in the conference and leads the team with 75 steals while Dellena Criner is second on the team and third in the WAC with 66 steals.  Mikail Price is third on the team and seventh in the WAC with 55 and Brandi Fitzgerald is fourth on the team and 14th in the WAC with 46.  Nevada’s 360 steals leads the conference and is 80 steals above Boise State who is second in the WAC in total steals with 280.

Nevada in the WAC Stats (all games; as of 3/7/08)
Points: Dellena Criner, 1st (16.4); Mikail Price, 17th (9.4); Brandi Fitzgerald, 26th (8.3)

Field Goal Pct: Shavon Moore, 1st (.563); Dellena Criner, 13th (.443)

Free Throw Pct: Dellena Criner, 3rd (.776); Mikail Price, 4th (.765)

Rebounding: Cherlanda Franklin, 16th (5.3)

Assists: Dellena Criner, 5th (3.18)

Steals: Cherlanda Franklin, 1st (75); Dellena Criner, 3rd (66); Mikail Price, 7th (55); Brandi Fitzgerald, 14th (46)

3-Point FG Pct: Dellena Criner, 4th (.368)

Blocked Shots: Cherlanda Franklin, 5th (32)

Minutes Played: Dellena Criner, 3rd (32.54); Cherlanda Franklin, 21st (27.43)

3-Point FG Made: Dellena Criner, t10th (39); Johnna Ward, 14th (35)

Offensive Rebounds: Shavon Moore, 9th (35)

Defensive Rebounds: Brandi Fitzgerald, 12th (96)

1st: steals (360)

3rd: scoring defense (64.2)

Last Time Out
Saturday at La Tech
Neither team led by more than three early in the first half until La Tech’s Tarkeisha Wysinger hit a long two to put the Lady Techsters up by five, 13-8, with 13:52 remaining in the half.  La Tech extended its lead to seven points, 17-10, with 10:07 left in the half.  Johnna Ward completed a three-point play with 7:52 left and Criner scored on the Pack’s next possession as Nevada pulled to within two, 19-17, with 7:26 remaining.  La Tech went on an 11-2 run and took a 30-19 lead with 4:44 left in the half.  The Pack cut the Lady Techsters lead to 32-28 just before half on a three-pointer by Fitzgerald as La Tech took a four-point lead at the half.  As a team, the Pack shot 36.1 percent (13-of-36) from the floor in the first half while La Tech shot 52.0 percent (13-of-25).  Cherlanda Franklin led Nevada at the half with eight points and six rebounds.  After La Tech extended its lead to six to open the second half, the Pack closed the gap and pulled to within one, 36-35, on Criner’s three pointer with 16:26 left in the game.  La Tech went up by six on three occasions in the middle of the second half before Criner completed a three-point play to cut La Tech’s lead to three points, 52-49.  La Tech pushed it lead to eight points and took a 57-49 lead with just over four minutes left.  

2008-09 Signees
Nevada received signed National Letters of Intent from Amanda Johnson, a 5-6 guard from El Camino High School in Oceanside, Calif., Brittany Woodard, a four-year varsity team member from Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, Calif., and Kayla Williams, a four-year varsity starter from Reed High School in Sparks, Nev.  Amanda Johnson is a four-year varsity player and has been the starting point guard at El Camino High School in Oceanside, Calif., since her freshman season.  She led her high school team in scoring her sophomore and junior seasons and was named All-Avocado League MVP in 2005. As a junior in 2006-07, Johnson averaged 15.1 points per game, 5.2 assists per game, 4.0 rebounds per game and 2.8 steals per game.  Brittany Woodard is a four-year varsity player from Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, Calif.  She is a three-time Sierra Valley Conference All-League selection and is a two-time Sierra Valley Conference MVP. Kayla Williams is the third member of the Pack’s incoming class for next fall.  She is a four-year varsity starter at Reed High School in Sparks, Nev. and plays club for Jam On It Basketball Academy.  She is a three-time All-League Honoree, a second-team selection as a freshman and a first-team selection as a sophomore and junior.

A Look Back
The University of Nevada women's basketball team enjoyed a very successful 2006-07 season in which the team posted a 17-15 overall record and advanced to post-season play for the first-time in school history.  Nevada also finished with its highest ever win total in WAC play (10-6), including its first-ever win over La Tech.  Nevada started the season 3-0, its best start in 25 years and had three players earn All-WAC honors at the end of the season.  Dellena Criner was named to the All-WAC First Team, the All-WAC Defensive Team and to the WAC All-Tournament team while Traci Graham was named to the All-WAC Second Team.  Marianne Lombardi was named to the All-Freshman Team marking the third consecutive season Nevada had a freshman named to the All-Freshman Team.

Nevada Picked Second, Third in WAC Preseason Polls
The University of Nevada women’s basketball team has been picked to finish second in the WAC Preseason Coaches Poll and third in the Media Poll.  Nevada, who received one first-place vote in each poll, also had two players named to the Preseason All-WAC Teams.  Junior guard Dellena Criner was named to the First Team while junior guard Brandi Fitzgerald was named to the Second Team.  Criner was also named to the Preseason All-WAC Media team. 

Upcoming Schedule
Nevada will compete in the 2008 WAC Tournament being held March 11-15 at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M.    



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