Nevada women's basketball preview box


When: Tonight, 7 p.m.

Where: Lawlor Events Center (11,536)

TV/Radio: None

Admission: $7 for adults, $4 for youth (12 and under), seniors (65 and older)

Coaches: Kim Gervasoni (Nevada, 5th year); Michelle Bento-Jackson (Santa Clara, 5th year)

Probable starting lineups: SANTA CLARA - F Jen Gottschalk Sr., Elizabeth Majors, Jr.; G Chandice Cronk Sr., Tracey Walker Sr., Sara Majors, Jr. NEVADA - F Cherlanda Franklin Jr., Bre'Anna Henry Jr.; C Andrea Sitton, Sr.; G Dellena Criner, Jr., Brandi Fitzgerald, Jr.

About Nevada: Nevada, coming off a 17-15 season and the school's first-ever post-season berth (NIT), knocked off Sonoma State 68-40 in its only exhibition game last weekend behind 18 points from junior guard Dellena Criner and 10 from freshman guard Johnna Ward of Spring Creek ... Nevada is 2-2 in season openers under coach Kim Gervasoni, who is 41-80 through four seasons ... Criner and Fitzgerald are currently in the Pack's record book. Criner is No. 4 in 3-point field goal percentage (36.0), No. 6 in free-throw percentage (75.9) and No. 7 in steals (128). Fitzgerald is No. 9 in blocked shots (50) and steals (125) ... Nevada was picked to finish second by the coaches in the preseason poll. The Pack was picked third by the media.

About Santa Clara: The Broncos won both of their exhibition games, knocking off Cal-State Monterey Bay 83-61 and San Francisco State 75-69 ... Santa Clara was 13-17 and lost to Loyola Marymount in the first round of the West Coast Conference tournament ... The Broncos return their top two scorers - Chandice Cronk (16.0) and Jen Gottschalk (10.9) - from last year's squad

Compiled by Darrell Moody


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