Dec. 6, 2011
RENO, Nev. -
The University of Nevada women's basketball team (2-5, 0-0 WAC) will continue its three game road trip with a visit to Long Beach, Calif., where the team will face the 49ers of Long Beach State Thursday night.
Long Beach State returns home to face Nevada after completing seven straight games on the road, losing their last three. The 49ers lead the overall series 12-5 with the last game being played during the 1990-00 season. Long Beach State won that game in Lawlor Events Center with a score of 97-87.
LAST TIME OUT
The University of Nevada women's basketball team began a three game road trip with an 80-73 loss to Portland State Saturday afternoon.
The Wolf Pack had a difficult time taking care of the ball to begin the game, committing a total of 17 turnovers in the first half. Portland State used Nevada's mistakes to get out to a 15 point lead by the seven minute mark. Despite early turnovers, Nevada stayed close by holding a rebounding advantage over the Vikings 19-16, cutting their lead to nine points entering halftime.
Nevada came out of the break looking to score inside. Kayla Williams found room to operate on the block, collecting her 16th career double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Kate Kevorken came alive in the second half, knocking down long range attempts and getting to the free throw to keep the Pack in the game. Nevada got into striking distance down by three with two minutes to go on a layup by Chanelle Brennan. Portland State answered back with a three pointer in the ensuing possession and closed out the game converting on their free throws.
CLOSE GAMES FOR THE PACK
Although Nevada is 2-5 on the year, five of the games have been decided by 10 points or less. The Pack is 1-4 in those games, defeating Butler 71-69 (2) in the Nugget Classic. Nevada is 1-1 in games decided by 5 points or less, losing to Pacific in overtime 75-70 (5).
PACK ON TOP OF THE WAC STATS
Nevada has players leading two WAC individual statistical categories. Forward Kayla Williams is in first for blocks with 14 and guard Danika Sharp has the best free throw percentage at a perfect 1.000.
SHARP FROM THE LINE
Sophomore guard Danika Sharp has been impressive at the free throw line, converting on all17 of her attempts this season. Her sharp shooting from the stripe puts her in first place in the WAC free throw percentage category. Sharp's last miss from the stripe came in Nevada's WNIT second round loss to USC on March 20, 2011.
Amanda Johnson is also perfect from the charity stripe, going 3-3 on the year. As a team Nevada is second best in the WAC, shooting .738.
BLOCK PARTY FOR THE PACK
Nevada's interior defense against Portland State was solid Saturday afternoon despite the loss, finishing with seven team blocks. Kayla Williams led the defensive stand with four. Nevada's 28 rejections on the year puts them in first place in that team WAC category.
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 competition experience. Nevada has five newcomers joining the squad this year, all of whom will be true freshmen. The class adds two guards, two forwards and a center to the roster. Nevada added 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.
TOUGH AT HOME
Nevada has pulled together and impressive run of success in the friendly confines of Lawlor Events Center going 33-18 at home in the last four seasons. In her first season leading the Wolf Pack, Jane Albright coached the team to its first win over a ranked opponent in program history when the Pack stunned then No. 7 Louisville by beating the Cardinals 85-82 at the 2008 John Ascuaga's Nugget Classic. Last year, Nevada went 11-5 at home after going a perfect 7-0 at Lawlor in the non-conference season. Nevada set a new record for home attendance in the WNIT second-round game, with 3,361 fans watching the Pack take on USC.