Nevada womens’ basketball preview box
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: NEVADA (5-2) AT UC IRVINE (3-4)
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