Nevada women’s basketball preview box
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: CAL-STATE FULLERTON (1-6) AT NEVADA (6-3)
When: Today, 2 p.m.
Where: Lawlor Events Center
TV/Radio: None/ESPN Radio 1450AM, pre-game at 1:45 p.m.
Series history: Nevada 9-6
Last meeting: CS-Fullerton 53, Nevada 49
Coaches: Nevada’s Kim Gervasoni (47-83) is in her 5th season; Fullerton’s Dr. Maryalyce Jeremiah (156-166) is in her 11th season
Probable starters: CSF- F Alison Bennett (3.9, 4.4), Ashley Richie (8.1, 2.7); C Toni Thomas (20.0, 6.6); G Daviyon Weathersby (4.0, 2.9), Lauren Chow(14.6, 1.6). NEVADA – F Brandi Fitzgerald (6.7, 4.1), Cherlanda Franklin (3.3, 3.9); C Marianne Lombardi (5.9, 4.0); G Dellena Criner (17.1, 3.9), Mikail Price (11.9, 2.8).
About Nevada: Nevada starts a three-game homestand today. The other two games are Dec. 28 against in-state rival UNLV (7 p.m.) and University of San Francisco on Dec. 30 (2 p.m.) … The Pqck went 1-1 on its recent road trip to Southern California, losing by 3 at Irvine before dumping UC Riverside by 11 thanks to Shavon Moore’s first career double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) … Cioach Gervasoni is three wins shy of reaching 50 and wuld become the second Nevada head coach to reach that plateau … The current line-up of Lombardi, Franklin, Fitzgerald, Price and Criner has posted a 4-1 record … Criner is one of two WAC players to have a 30-point game this year and she leads the conference with four games of 20 or more.
About Fullerton: Nevada has been an unfriendly state for the Titans, who are 7-25, including five straight losses. The last time Fullerton won in this state was when it beat UNLV back in 1996 … Thomas has scored in double figures in 28 straight games dating back to the 2006 season … Fullerton ranks last in the Big West in rebounding at 31 a game, thiugh the Titans ec;lipsed the 40 mark in a game against Pepperdine … The Titans are in the midst of playing 11 of their first 15 games on the road.
Compiled by Darrell Moody