Women's hoops begins regular season
Nov. 12, 2011
RENO, Nev. -
NEVADA WOLF PACK (0-0)
ST. MARTIN'S (0-3)
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nev.
Television: Internet Streaming at NevadaWolfPack.com
Radio: University of Nevada Sports Network (ESPN Radio 1450 AM)
Don Marchand (play-by-play), pregame show starts 15 minutes before tip off
Last Meeting:First Meeting
The University of Nevada will open the 2011-12 season in the friendly confines of Lawlor Events Center for the third consecutive season. The Wolf Pack is a young squad this season after losing six seniors last year. Nevada is coming off a 73-46 exhibition defeat of Notre Dame de Namur Wednesday night, in which the Pack dominated from start to finish. Senior Kate Kevorken led the team with 20 points, while sophomores Arielle Wideman (12) and Danika Sharp (10) each scored in double figures as well.
St. Martin's is currently 0-3 on the season after opening up at the Disney West Coast Tip-Off Classic. St. Martin's went 0-3 at the tournament, losing to Hawaii Pacific (60-41), Washburn (52-36) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (50-41). St. Martin's scored a win in an exhibition game against Evergreen State College Tuesday night, defeating the Geoducks 54-38. St. Martin's was led by Chelsea Haskey who recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Megan Teade also scored 10 points while Brooke Paulson had nine. Angela Gelhar had five steals and four assists for the saints.
LAST TIME OUT
The University of Nevada pulled of a convincing victory in an exhibition game against Notre Dame de Namur Wednesday night. Nevada defeated the Argonauts 73-46 in front of 736 fans at Lawlor Events center in its first performance of the season.
The Wolf Pack shot 48.1 percent from the field, hitting 5-12 from 3-point range. Nevada out-rebounded the Argonauts 45-28 and took advantage of Notre Dame de Namur's mistakes early and often, scoring 34 points off 29 turnovers.
Nevada was led by senior Kate Kevorken who finished with 20 points in her 22 minutes of play. Kevorken scored 11 of her points in the first half, hitting all three of her attempts from beyond the arc and both attempts from the free throw line. Sophomores Arielle Wideman and Danika Sharp each scored in double figures, with Wideman scoring 12 and Sharp 10. Senior Amanda Johnson led the team in assists with seven and fellow senior Kayla Williams had three blocks.
Nevada took an early lead building up the score to 20-4 in the first 10 minutes of the game. The Wolf Pack and the Argonauts ended the first half exchanging baskets, starting at the 4:34 mark with Senior Christina Gough scoring on a 3-pointer. During the exchange, Nevada also saw a 3-pointer from Kevorken and junior Chanelle Brennan added a bucket of her own.
Nevada went into the intermission with a 40-23 lead. The Pack had scored on 50 percent of its attempts from the field, going 4-6 from beyond the arc. Nevada's bench players scored 12 points, and the Pack already had 22 rebounds and 14 points off turnovers.
WOLF PACK IN SEASON OPENERS
Since 1979, the Wolf Pack is 18-14 in season openers. Nevada has won its last five consecutive openers, with the last loss coming at Portland State in 2005. The Pack is opening at home for the third consecutive year, after beating Cal Poly Pomona (82-71) last year and Cal State Monterey Bay (63-39) in 2009. Since Jane Albright took over in 2008, Nevada has won the season opener by an average of 16.6 points per game.
A LOOK BACK AT LAST YEAR...
Nevada is coming off its most successful season in school history finishing 22-11 after winning its first-ever postseason tournament game in the WNIT last year. The Wolf Pack lost six seniors from last year's squad including All-WAC first-teamers Tahnee Robinson and Shavon Moore. Nevada also lost seniors Johnna Ward, Nicole Williams, Marissa Hammond and Megan Cherry.
THE YOUNG BUNCH
After losing six seniors, Nevada is a young team in 2011-12. The Wolf Pack's 13-player roster features five newcomers, and just two seniors with more than one year of competion expereience. Nevada will have five newcomers joining the squad this year, all of whom will be true freshmen. The incoming class adds two guards, two forwards and a center to the roster. Nevada adds guards Faith Lois (5-11, Westosha, Wisc.) and Kelsey Kaelin (5-8, Tigard, Ore.) and forwards Emily Burns (6-0, Reno, Nev.) and Aja Johnson (6-1, Danville, Calif.). The final player of the incoming class adds significant size to the team. Standing at 6-7, Mimi Mungedi found her way to Nevada from Africa, hailing from Libreville, Gabon.