Head coach Jane Albright in search of her 10th NCAA Tournament appearance
March 10, 2014
2014 Reese’s Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championships
#6 San Diego State Aztecs (13-16, 9-9 MW)
#3 Nevada Wolf Pack (17-12, 12-6 MW)
March 11, 2014
Thomas & Mack Center
Las Vegas, Nev.
8:30 P.M. PT
INTERNET BROADCAST: The game will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network at www.TheMW.com (web/mobile). An audio-only broadcast, featuring the Wolf Pack Radio Network call, is available at NevadaWolfPack.com/audio.
RADIO: Don Marchand (play-by-play) has the call in Northern Nevada on NBC Sports Radio 1060 AM. Pregame show starts 15 minutes before tip-off. The broadcast is available online at NevadaWolfPack.com/audio.
SERIES: Tuesday marks the 11th all-time meeting between the two teams with San Diego State owning a 6-4 advantage. The Wolf Pack snapped a three-game losing streak to the Aztecs, however, in the most recent meeting one month ago.
LAST MEETING: Nevada put up a double-digit win at home over the Aztecs, 84-65
THE SKINNY: Nevada, picked 10th in this year’s preseason poll, earned rights to the No. 3 seed after posting a 12-win conference season, the most conference wins in program history ... After receiving its first MW tournament bye, the Wolf Pack are looking for its second MW tournament win after defeating Air Force in last year’s play-in-game … Excluding Friday night’s loss at UNLV, the last time the Wolf Pack lost a game, the team followed that up with a season-best five-game win streak ... Head coach Jane Albright is 14 victories shy of 500 for her career and is looking for her 10th trip to the NCAA Tournament ... Sophomore Julia Shelbourn is coming off a career-game where she posted eight points and six rebounds at UNLV
LAYUPS: One of Nevada’s biggest strengths is its work on the glass, having outrebounded its opponents in 19 games this season … The Wolf Pack lead the league in offensive rebounds (15.8 orpg) and are tied for the league lead in defensive rebounds (28.4 drpg) … Mungedi’s 48 blocks this season rank her first in the conference, four ahead of Sam Martin (Colorado State) ... Mungedi also ranks highly in the league in field goal percentage, currently second (.539) ... San Diego State and Nevada met in the MW Tournament quarterfinals last season, with the top-seeded Aztecs coming away with a 67-39 win ... SDSU went on to a runner-up finish in the 2013 MW Championship, suffering a 76-70 loss to Fresno State
‘SHARP’ CAREER: Senior guard Danika Sharp continues to etch her name into the Nevada career record book. She has moved into a sole possession of third place in career 3-pointers at Nevada, having drained 156 in her career. Nevada’s record for career three-pointers is 212, held by Ashley Bastian (1999-2003).
Sharp is also moving up the list of career free throws (261) at Nevada. She is sixth entering this game. With just 12 more points in her career, Sharp can become Nevada’s 10th all-time leading scorer. She currently trails Tahnee Robinson (1,072) by 11 points.
BLOCK PARTY: Juniors Mimi Mungedi and Emily Burns have proven to be two of the better shot-blockers in Nevada history during their careers. You’ll find both players on Nevada’s single-season and career charts as Burns is coming off a 37-block season in 2012-13 and Mungedi has tallied 48 blocks this year.
CONFERENCE HONORS: Junior center Mimi Mungedi was named the Mountain West Co-Defensive Player of the Year, sharing the title with senior Taylor Thompson of Fresno State. Mungedi also earned a spot on the league’s all-defensive team. Senior Danika Sharp received All-MW second team honors, while classmate Arielle Wideman secured honorable mention accolades. This marks Sharp’s second Mountain West honor, as she received an honorable mention last year, and is the first for Mungedi and Wideman.
Mungedi leads the league in blocks and posted at least one block in 21 games this season. Sharp hit a career milestone when she notched her 1,000th point against New Mexico and ranks fifth in the conference with 59 made three-pointers. Wideman produced a career-best offensive season, averaging 10.5 points per game. Her 122 assists (4.2 apg) rank her sixth in the league.
HISTORY IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST TOURNAMENT: Tuesday night’s quarterfinals contest is just the third game for the Wolf Pack in the Mountain West Tournament. Last year, Nevada’s inaugural season in the Mountain West, the Pack defeated Air Force 80-66 in the tournament play-in-game and earned the rights to face San Diego State in the next round. The Aztecs’ defense led them to a 67-39 win over the Wolf Pack. Danika Sharp led all Nevada scorers in the two games, posting 35 points, including 25 against Air Force. Mimi Mungedi chipped in 28 points and collected a team-best 16 rebounds and three blocks. Aja Johnson added 18 points in the pair of games on 58 percent (7-of-12) shooting.