Nevada womens' basketball preview box


When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: Bren Center, Irvine, Calif.

TV-Radio: None/ESPN Radio 1450 AM, pre-game at 6:45 p.m.

Coaches: Nevada's Kim Gervasoni (46-82) is in her 5th year; UC Irvine's Molly Tuter (26-61) is in her 4th season

Probable starters: NEVADA - F Cherlanda Franklin (3.4, 4.0), Brandi Fitzgerald (6.6, 4.0); C Marianne Lombardi (6.6, 4.4); G Dellena Criner (17.1, 4.4), Mikail Price (11.0, 2.9). UC IRVINE - F Stepahnie Duda (11.3, 10.5), Miranda Forry (10.2, 4.2); C Kelly Cochran (9.7, 7.2); G Rebecca Maessen (5.7, 0.5), Kirian Ishizaki (5.0, 1.0).

About Nevada: The Pack takes a three-game win streak into the game. Nevada knocked off Southern 77-52 and Idaho State 74-66 to win the annual Nugget Classic ... Nevada is off to its best start in the Kim Gervasoni Era with its 5-2 record ... Nevada is 3-0 when holding teams to under 60 points ... Criner ranks second in the WAC in scoring at 17.1 a game and fourth in steals (2.57) per game. Price is tied for 16th at 11 a game and first in steals with 3.14 per game.

About UC Irvine: The Anteaters had their three-game win streak snapped against Washington earlier this week ... Irvine shoots 40 percent from the field, but are 29 percent from beyond the 3-point arc ... The Anteaters are being out-rebounded by 7 per game and have 48 more turnovers than assists through the first six games .. Kim Brown is a key reserve for Irvine, averaging 5.7 off the bench.

Compiled by Darrell Moody


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