Dec. 12, 2011
RENO, Nev. -
The University of Nevada women's basketball team (2-7, 0-0 WAC) will look to bounce back from its five-game losing streak when it hosts Oregon Wednesday night at Lawlor Events Center. The Pac-12 Ducks are currently 7-2 on the year and are coming off an 89-65 loss to Denver on Sunday. The team is lead by senior forward Amanda Johnson who is averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds. Oregon leads the series 4-0, with the last game taking place in the 2005-06 season where the Ducks won 61-50.
Santa and Wolfie Jr. will be on hand to take pictures with fans during the game. Fans are encouraged to bring a non-professional camera to take a free picture. Pictures will take place in a room on the lower concourse level near the main entrance. Nevada will also kick-off it's player trading card autograph sessions with senior Kate Kevorken. Players will be available after each home game at the promotions table by the band to sign their player card.
LAST TIME OUT
The University of Nevada women's basketball team ended a three-game road trip with a 76-74 loss to Cal State Fullerton Saturday evening.
Nevada and Cal State Fullerton began the game close as the two teams exchanged leads in the first six minutes of play. Senior Kate Kevorken got off to a great start, connecting on 3-5 of her attempts from downtown. The Titans took charge and got out to a nine point lead, powered by Megan Richardson's 17 first half points. The Titans shot a perfect 11-11 from the free throw in the half and took an 11 point lead into the intermission.
The Wolf Pack went on a run mid way through the second half, chopping the Titans 12 point lead to two with five minutes left in the game. Nevada found its way to the free throw line often and built up a six point lead at the three minute mark. Cal State Fullerton answered back by forcing Nevada into making turnovers to get within one point with 20 seconds left. The Titans scored on an inbounds play to go ahead leaving Nevada with an opportunity to score in the final seconds. The Pack moved the ball around looking to get someone open before they were forced into a turnover. The Titans knocked down a free throw to go up by two and then blocked Danika Sharp's three point attempt from half court to claim the win.
CLOSE GAMES FOR THE PACK
Although Nevada is 2-7 on the year, seven of the games have been decided by 10 points or less. The Pack is 1-6 in those games, defeating Butler 71-69 (2) in the Nugget Classic. Nevada is 1-3 in games decided by 5 points or less, losing to Cal State Fullerton 76-74 (2).
SPEAKING OF CLOSE GAMES
Nevada has battled teams late in games this season. Twice this year the game has gone into overtime. Nevada is 0-2 in its overtime games this year, falling to Pacific 75-70 and Long Beach State 61-58. As a program Nevada has played in 25 overtime games, going 8-17 (.32). Nevada's last overtime win occurred in the WAC tournament on March 12, 2009 against LA Tech 91-88. The most overtime games the Pack has had in a season is two (1997-1998)
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 .958.
SHARP FROM THE LINE
Sophomore guard Danika Sharp has been impressive at the free throw line, converting on 23-24 of her attempts this season. Her sharp shooting from the stripe puts her in first place in the WAC free throw percentage category at .958. Sharp made 24 straight free throws dating back to Nevada's WNIT second round loss to USC on March 20, 2011.
BLOCK PARTY FOR THE PACK
Nevada's 36 rejections on the year puts them in first place in that team WAC category.
BRENNAN STEPS UP
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. The junior transfer has appeared in all nine games for the Pack, starting in two.
Dating back to the beginning of the 2008-09 season, Nevada has out-rebounded or tied its opponents in rebounding in 58 games. This year, the Pack has out-rebounded 7 of its 9 opponents by a total margin of 4.1 boards per game. The Pack sits in first in the WAC in defensive rebounding percentage, defensive rebounds, offensive rebounding percentage, rebounding margin and offensive rebounds, and second in offensive rebounds.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE'S FOR #34
Senior forward Kayla Williams collected her 16th career double-double in the loss against Portland State with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Williams recorded a total of eight double-doubles in the 2010-11 season.
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.