Aja Johnson is averaging 4.1 points per game this season from the bench
March 12, 2014
#3 Nevada Wolf Pack (18-12, 12-6 MW)
#2 Fresno State Bulldogs (20-10, 13-5 MW)
March 14, 2014
Thomas & Mack Center
Las Vegas, Nev.
2:30 p.m. PT
INTERNET BROADCAST: The game will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network via NevadaWolfPack.tv (web/mobile). An audio-only broadcast, is also available at www.nevadawolfpack.com/audio.
RADIO: Ryan Radtke (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: The Wolf Pack and Bulldogs have previously met 43 times, in a rather one-sided all-time series. Fresno State leads the lengthy series 32-11, but the two teams have never met on a neutral court in their history. During the regular season, Nevada and Fresno State split the season series, each team claiming a win at home. The two teams have split the season series in each of the past two years.
LAST MEETING: The Bulldogs posted a 73-48 home win back in mid-February
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 headed to its first MW semifinals game ... Senior Danika Sharp passed Tahnee Robinson Tuesday night with her 12-point effort to become Nevada’s 10th all-time leading scorer with 1,073 career points ... Junior Mimi Mungedi set a new Mountain West Tournament record Tuesday when she posted seven blocks, also a new career-high for her ... Head coach Jane Albright is 13 victories shy of 500 for her career and is looking for her 10th trip to the NCAA Tournament
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 leads the league in offensive rebounds (15.8 orpg) and is second in defensive rebounds (28.1 drpg) … Mungedi’s 55 blocks this season rank her first in the conference, nine ahead of Sam Martin (Colorado State) ... Mungedi also ranks highly in the league in field goal percentage, currently second (.542) ... When Nevada leads at the half, its odds for a victory are very high (93 percent) ... The only game this season the Wolf Pack lost after being up at the half, came on the road at Colorado State (led 31-30 at halftime, lost 71-64)
‘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 159 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 (264) at Nevada. She is sixth entering this game. With 12 points during Tuesday’s quarterfinals game against San Diego State, Sharp passed Tahnee Robinson in career points, to become Nevada’s 10th all-time leading scorer with 1,073 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 55 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 22 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 62 made three-pointers. Wideman produced a career-best offensive season, averaging 10.4 points per game. Her 129 assists (4.3 apg) rank her sixth in the league.
HISTORY IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST TOURNAMENT: Friday night’s matchup against Fresno State will be the first trip for the Wolf Pack to the semifinals of 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.