Women's Hoops Downs Northern Iowa, Will Face #7 Louisville in Nugget Classic Final
“As a coach you always want to win,” Albright said of her 400th career victory. “I’ve been very blessed that I’ve been able to coach for this long. It takes a long time to get 400 wins and I have the fun part the kids put all the work into it.”
Nevada had a 10-3 lead on Dellena Criner’s three with 14:40 remaining in the first half before Megan Cherry’s three gave Nevada a 20-8 lead with 9:37 left in the first half. Criner’s steal and layup put the Pack up by 10, 24-14, with just over seven minutes remaining. Northern Iowa cut
The Pack took a 31-25 lead at the half. In the first half,
“We’re getting better every game,” Albright said. “Defensively we did a nice job of taking them out of what they wanted to do and we held them to seven field goals in the first half.”
In the second, the Pack opened the half on a 10-0 run and had a 41-25 lead with 17:55 left in the game. The Panthers did not record a field goal in the second half until the 15:55 mark.
Nicole Clausen’s three pulled Northern Iowa to within three, 53-33, with 8:10 left in the game but the Pack pulled away late increasing it’s lead to 64-59 on a pair of free throws by Criner and a three-pointer by Ward on the next possession to put the Pack up 67-59.
Criner led all scorers with 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor while Ward added 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting from the floor and 4-of-10 shooting from three-point range. Cherlanda Franklin grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds while Shavon Moore grabbed eight.