Dec. 9, 2011
FULLERTON, Calif. -
Nevada will look to rebound from a loss Thursday night with a match up against its second straight Big West opponent Cal State Fullerton. The game Saturday will close out Nevada’s three game road trip. The Wolf Pack leads the current series with the Titans 9-6. Nevada lost their last meeting during the 2005-06 season 53-49 in Fullerton. The Titans are coming off a five game losing streak with a loss at Arizona State Tuesday night.
LAST TIME OUT
The University of Nevada women's basketball team fell to Long Beach State 61-58 in overtime Thursday evening.
Long Beach State began the game capitalizing on Nevada’s 15 first half turnovers, scoring 16 points off of them. Nevada struggled to get it going offensively, finishing the half with a total of nine field goals made. The 49ers took an 11 point lead into halftime led by Tipesa Morrer’s 13 points.
Nevada got back in the game in the second half on the shoulders of Kayla Williams and Chanelle Brennan. The two led a charge by Nevada at the 15 minute mark that cut the 49ers 14 point lead to one with nine minutes to go. Williams was a force down low with 16 points and eight rebounds before collecting her fifth personal foul late and exiting the game. Brennan had a record night, receiving her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Pack turned on the pressure defensively to build a six point lead with four minutes left. Long Beach State answered with a run of their own by forcing additional turnovers. The game was tied in the closing seconds when Long Beach State missed a jumper to win it.
The departure of Williams hurt Nevada in the extra period. The 49ers jumped out to a five point lead before Kate Kevorken answered with a three pointer with seconds to go. After a few misses from Long Beach State at the line Nevada was down by three with one last shot left. Nevada had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer when Kate Kevorken's three pointer barely missed its mark.
IN THE SCHOOL RECORD BOOKS
- Sixth, assists, 290
- T9, field goal percentage, .474
- Fifth, blocks, 85
BRENNAN HAS CAREER NIGHT
Junior guard Chanelle Brennan had a record night in the overtime loss against Long Beach State. Brennan collected her first career double-double 14 points and 10 rebounds. The two totals eclipsed her previous career best of seven points and five rebounds.
CLOSE GAMES FOR THE PACK
Although Nevada is 2-6 on the year, six of the games have been decided by 10 points or less.
The Pack is 1-5 in those games, defeating Butler 71-69 (2) in the Nugget Classic. Nevada is 1-2
in games decided by 5 points or less, losing to Long Beach State in overtime 61-58 (3) and Portland State in OT 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 16 and guard Danika Sharp has the best free throw percentage at a
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.
Dating back to the beginning of the 2008-09 season, Nevada has out-rebounded or tied its opponents
in rebounding in 57 games. This year, the Pack has out-rebounded 6 of its 8 opponents
by a total margin of 3 boards per game. The Pack sits in first in the WAC in defensive rebounding
percentage, defensive rebounds, rebounding margin and offensive rebounds, and second in
offensive rebounds and rebounding percentage.
LEADING THE WAY
Nevada will be led by seniors Amanda Johnson from the point guard spot and forward Kayla
Williams, the team’s leading shot blocker from last year. Johnson led the WAC throughout last
year in both assists per game and assist/turnover ratio while Williams collected eight double-doubles
for the season including a career-high 20 rebounds against Pepperdine.
LESS EXPERIENCE, BUT STILL A SENIOR LEADER
Fellow senior Kate Kevorken has taken on an important role with the team after starting in place
of the injured Shavon Moore at the end of last season. Kevorken currently leads the team in
scoring at 15.1 points per game. Kevorken had a career best 13 rebounds in the loss against Long Beach State.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE’S FOR #34
Senior forward Kayla Williams collected her 16th career double-double in the loss last weekend against Portland State with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Williams recorded a total of eight double-doubles in
the 2010-11 season.