Women's Basketball
Dellena Criner Named WAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week

DENVER Nevada’s Dellena Criner has been named the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 3.  This is the first career WAC Player of the Week honor for Criner.    


Criner, a junior from Oakland, Calif. (Fremont HS), was named the Nugget Classic MVP after leading the Wolf Pack to a 2-0 record and a Nugget Classic championship this past weekend in Reno. Criner was Nevada’s leading scorer at the tournament, recording 13 points in the Pack’s 77-52 win over Southern and a career-high 32 points (13-of-22) in the championship victory over Idaho State, 74-66. The junior guard also registered a career-high eight steals against Southern.


Criner, who averaged 22.5 points while shooting 57.1 percent from the field over the weekend, was named the tournament MVP. She also shot 90 percent (9-of-10) from the charity stripe and recorded eight assists. She knocked down 4-of-8 shots from long range in Nevada’s win over Idaho State. Criner registered two double-digit scoring games in the Pack’s two games, marking the fifth time this season she has scored in double figures.


Other nominees included: Boise State junior guard Tasha Harris led the Broncos with 30 points against Portland ... Fresno State’s Tierre Wilson registered 19 points against Utah and 13 more against TCU ... New Mexico State freshman guard Madison Spence averaged 14.5 points and 5.0 assists in a pair of games last week ... Louisiana Tech’s JoKeirra Sneed averaged 16 points and 14 rebounds in two games last week ... San Jose State junior guard Natalie White averaged 18.5 points in two games this past week ... Utah State senior guard Jamelah Brown tallied a season-high 16 points in USU’s first win of the season over Eastern Washington.