Nov. 13, 2004
Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada became the second consecutive Division I team to get upset by the Chico State Wildcats on Saturday night when it fell 81-76 at Lawlor Events Center. Chico State knocked off Pacific in its opener last Saturday before taking out Nevada in front of 640 Silver and Blue faithful this weekend.
The biggest shortcoming for the Pack came from beyond the arc. Nevada hit just 4-14 for the game while allowing the Wildcats 11-36. Nevada had a better field goal percentage scoring 26-70 while going 20-26 from the free throw line. Chico State also had the rebounding advantage at 58-46.
Senior Talisha Anderson (Springfield, Ore.) and junior Jessica Preslar (Roseville, Calif.) led the Wolf Pack in scoring, tallying 14 apiece. Preslar was also on a defensive burn, taking five steals and blocking one shot. Senior Amber Young (Scottsdale, Ariz.) scored herself a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman Meghan McGuire (Orange County, Calif.) had a strong game for the second consecutive week, also picking up 11 points.
Four Wildcat players scored in double-figures, with two racking up 20-point games. Lauren Himmelspach led all scores with 27 over Kim Abts who had 25. Haley Ford picked up 13 and Amber Simmons 10. Maija Panttaja was the leader at the glass for Chico, with 11.
With the exhibition season now over, Nevada will remain at home with the John Ascuaga's Nugget Classic. The Pack's home tournament took a hiatus last year, but returns to Lawlor Events Center running Friday-Saturday, Nov. 19-20. Nevada will play Friday night at 8 p.m. against Cal State Fullerton and will play either Colorado or Loyola Marymount in either the Consolation, 1 p.m., or championship, 6 p.m., on Saturday.