Nevada women's preview box


When: Today, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Pan American Center

TV/Radio: Radio 630 AM

Coaches: Kim Gervasoni (Nevada); Darrin Spence (New Mexico State)

Probable starters: NEVADA - F Brandi Fitzgerald (8.5, 4.7), Jessica Preslar (8.5, 5.2); C Andrea Sitton (3.3, 2.5); G Dellena Criner (14.7, 3.9), Traci Graham (13.1, 2.5). NMSU - Sherrell Neal (15.7, 10.6), Tykesha Walton (4.3, 1.9); C Anika Jawara (13.2, 7.3); G Cecilia Rusell-Nava (10.3, 2.7), Monique Bribiescas (6.9, 2.0)

NOTES - New Mexico State stunned second-seeded Louisiana Tech in the quarterfinals, its second consecutive win in the 7-2 game. The Aggie women reached the finals last year, and an upset over Nevada would put them there again ... Criner played a sensational game on Wednesday with 22 points, and the Pack will need another big game for her. Nevada coach Kim Gervasoni also needs to get a better shooting game from Graham,, who went 2-for-13 ... Nevada did a poor job on its help defense against Utah State, and that area must improve if it plays its usual man-to-man defense.


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