Triumphant Return Home for Women's Basketball
Dec. 7, 2004
Reno, Nev. - A perfect home win streak and a 2003-04 revenge was on the line for the University of Nevada women's basketball team when it hosted San Diego State at Lawlor Events Center. Nevada met both as it defeated SDSU in a 74-55 rout improving to 3-3 on the season, dropping the Aztecs to 2-2.
Nevada has now started the season 3-0 for the first time in the program's recorded history dating back to the 1979-80 season. It is also the first win against San Diego State in the all-time series, having fallen twice to SDSU including a 67-52 loss in San Diego last year. The Wolf Pack also breaks its three game skid, which began at BYU back on Nov. 24. The win is the first over a Mountain West school since defeating Wyoming 78-68 in Nevada back in 2000-01, finishing 16-13 that season.
The Pack took an early hitting allowing the Aztecs to get up by nine early in the first half. The Wolf Pack seemed to get a charge from an incredibly wild crowd of 620 Silver and Blue faithful and quickly raced back on SDSU. With 6:17 left in the first half, sophomore Traci Graham (Reno, Nev.) scored an open layup off a steal by freshman Meghan McGuire (Orange County, Calif.) to put Nevada up by two. From that point on, Nevada would never look back. The Pack closed out the half with a 17-point run to take a 35-24 lead into the intermission.
The domination continued through the second half as Nevada got up by as much as 25 with just 54 seconds left on the clock. For the third time this season, Nevada had four players score in double digits. McGuire paced the team with 14 while Graham added in 10 while taking a career-high six steals. Senior Talisha Anderson (Springfield, Ore.) and sophomore Jessica Preslar (Roseville, Calif.) each added in 13 points while senior Amber Young (Scottsdale, Ariz.) again led the team in rebounds with eight.
After struggling from the field the last two games, Nevada was a blistering 52.6 percent shotting scoring on 30-57 shots. While it did struggle from beyond the arc with just 2-10, the Pack shut down the Aztec shooters allowing just 30.5 percent shooting. Only two SDSU players scored in double figures with Jessica Huettl scoring 14 and Michelle Strawberry 11. Nevada also pounded the glass, out-rebounding the Aztecs 42-32.
Nevada will look to keep the streak going as it hosts Texas A&M, Corpus Christi on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. The game will be the last at home since after WAC play has begun, hosting Louisiana Tech on January 6. By that game, Nevada will have played seven of nine games on the road including the WAC opener at San Jose State on Jan. 30 and the New Year's holiday in Hawaii.