We're Just Talking About Practice for Women's Basketball
The University of Nevada women's basketball team wrapped up its first week of practice, and third-year head coach Jane Albright is happy with what she's already seeing. The team has gotten a head start on practice this year after the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) changed the timeframe of how early practices could begin in 2010-11.
"I didn't think I would like this rule change because our season is already so long," Albright said. "But we have planned shorter practices, spent more time on fundamentals, conditioned part of the time, and will be able to give them a couple of October weekends off. It seems to be beneficial in those ways. Our team is hungry, focused, enthusiastic and ready for the challenge."
The upcoming season looks like it could be a big one for the Wolf Pack women's basketball team this year. The Pack is returning all of its starters, including two All-WAC players, from a year ago. In all, more than 90 percent of the 2009-10 scoring production is coming back from a team who set a school record in points scored last year (2,086).
Nevada will have six seniors on this year's roster, led by the 2010 WAC Newcomer of the Year and All-WAC fist-team honoree Tahnee Robinson (Fort Washakie, Wyo.). After transferring from Sheridan College, Robinson had to sit out a partial amount of the season last year. In the 24 games she played in last season, Robinson led the team in scoring averaging 16.1 points per game and hit on 52 three pointers.
Robinson was one of two Nevada seniors who won WAC honors at the end of last season. Shavon Moore (Riverside, Calif.) was named to both the All-WAC second-team and the all-defensive team. She was second on the team in both scoring (11.4 ppg) and rebounding (7 rpg). She has 721 points and 504 rebounds and has tallied 11 double-doubles in her career. The Wolf Pack will also see the return of local product Johnna Ward (Spring Creek, Nev.) who is currently the active career scoring leader on the team having tallied 762 points in her three years. Ward combined with Robinson to hit 104 of Nevada's 127 three-pointers on the year, with each hitting 52 to share the team lead. The pair tied for ninth in the Wolf Pack records with that mark and Ward is also fourth in school history with her career mark of 137.
Three more seniors will serve to lead the team this season. Guard Nicole Williams (Sacramento, Calif.) showed a lot of improvement last season, working her way into a starter spot, and averaged 7.6 ppg and was second on the team with 44 steals. Forward Marissa Hammond (Pendleton, Ore.) adds some great athletic size in the post game and guard Megan Cherry (Durango, Colo.) is coming off a medical-redshirt season due to a wrist injury. Combined, Nevada's 2010-11 seniors averaged 44.7 ppg, 17.9 rpg, 5.6 apg, 2.6 bpg, 6.3 spg last year while shooting 41.7 percent from the field, 32.1 for three and 73.9 from the charity stripe.
Head Coach Jane Albirght will be in her third year leading the Wolf Pack, her 26th overall. She will enter the 2010-11 season with a career record of 35-30 (.538) at Nevada, 432-342 (.536) overall and stands at 36th among active NCAA Division IA head coaches in total number of victories.
The Pack's schedule this season will feature seven post-season teams from a year ago, including four that played in the NCAA Tournament. Nevada's schedule also features 15 home games including the annual Nugget Classic which will feature two NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, San Diego State (Sweet 16), NC State (First Round) and a Big 10 team in Minnesota.
Nevada will continue to spread its practice schedule throughout October and will play an exhibition game against San Francisco State at 2 p.m. on Halloween at Lawlor Events Center. The Pack's season will begin on Friday, Nov. 12 with a home game against Chico State at 7 p.m. Two home games this year will be televised nationally on ESPNU with the Idaho game at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6 and the Louisiana Tech game at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28.
Season tickets for women's basketball are available now and can be purchased either by coming by the Link Piazzo Ticket Office in Legacy Hall, calling (775) 348-PACK or by logging on to www.nevadawolfpack.com.