RENO, Nev. The University of Nevada women’s basketball team will open the 2008-09 season with an exhibition game against Sonoma State Friday night at 7 p.m. Admission to the exhibition game is free.
The Pack returns four starters, Dellena Criner, Marianne Lombardi, Brandi Jones and Cherlanda Franklin, from Nevada’s 2007-08 team that finished 18-12 overall, one win away from tying the program record for most wins in a season.
This season, Criner was named to the WAC Preseason Player of the Year in the coaches poll and to the Preseason All-WAC First Team while Jones was named to the All-WAC second team.
The Pack will be under the direction of first-year head coach Jane Albright who brings over 24 years of Division I coaching experience to Nevada. She has made nine NCAA Tournament appearances with her teams at Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. In addition, Albright is ranked 39th in career wins (397) on the NCAA active coaches career wins list.
Nevada will open the regular season on Friday, November 14 hosting Eastern Washington at 7 p.m. at Lawlor Events Center.
About Sonoma State
Sonoma State opened its 2008-09 season with a 65-55 exhibition game loss at San Jose State and was picked to finish fourth in the California Collegiate Athletic Association preseason coaches poll. The Seawolves ended last year with a 20-10 overall record. Nevada opened the 2007-08 season with a 68-40 exhibition win against Sonoma State in Reno on November 3, 2008.
Promotional Activities for Friday Night
Bounce houses will be available in Lawlor Events Center for young fans before, during and after the Nevada/Sonoma State game. The bounce houses will be available one hour prior to the game. Nevada players and coaches will be available after the game to sign autographs.
Seats for Schools
This season the Pack will have a “Seats for Schools” program. The goal of the “Seats for Schools” program is to provide each elementary school and middle school in Washoe County with two season tickets through angel donations. The goal of the “Seats for Schools” program is to thank our teachers for making an impact on the thousands of young minds they touch every day. For more information, click on the PDF link at the top of the page.