RENO, Nev. Dellena Criner led three Nevada players in double figures as the University of Nevada women’s basketball team beat Sonoma State 69-51 in an exhibition game Friday night at Lawlor Events Center.
Nevada jumped out to an 8-1 lead on a jumper by Shavon Moore with 17:49 left in the first half. Sonoma State took a three-point lead, 21-18, with just over seven minutes in the first half before a jumper by Kayla Williams gave Nevada a five-point lead, 30-25 before the half.
The Pack led 30-25 at half and shot 32.4 percent from the floor while the Seawolves shot 28.6 percent from the floor in the first half.
In the second half, Nevada used a three pointer by Megan Cherry to go up by 12, 43-31, with 14:24 remaining in the game. Sonoma State cut Nevada’s lead to seven, 50-42, after a pair of free throws but Sonoma State couldn’t get any closer. The Pack went up by as many as 20 late in the first half before taking the 69-51 win.
“We played exceptional defense,” first-year head coach Jane Albright said. “Anytime you force 30 turnovers and hold a team to 31 percent shooting that is a great defensive effort.”
As a team, the Pack ended the game shooting 38.8 percent from the floor while holding the Seawolves to 31.8 percent shooting. Nevada forced 30 Sonoma State turnovers and recorded 22 steals.
Criner led Nevada with 11 points while Brandi Jones and Shavon Moore each recorded 10. Jones and Moore each added a team-high seven rebounds.
Nevada will open the regular season on Friday, November 14 hosting Eastern Washington at 7 p.m. at Lawlor Events Center.