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Nevada women’s basketball preview box

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: UTAH STATE (11-15, 7-7) AT NEVADA (15-12, 9-5)

When: Tonight, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Lawlor Events Center

TV-Radio: http://www.wac.tv/1550 AM

Coaches: Kim Gervasoni (Nevada); Raegan Pebley (Utah State)

Probable starters: UTAH STATE – F Brittany Hagen (4.1, 3.0), Brittany Phillips (11.9. 5.7); G Taylor Richards (11.8, 4.0), Jenny Gross (8.8, 5.0), Danyelle Snelgro (7.9. 3.3); NEVADA – F Marianne Lombardi (4.9, 4.7) or Jessica Preslar (8.4, 5.0) and Brandi Fitzgerald (8.7, 4.5); C Andrea Sitton (3.3, 2.4); G Dellena Criner (14.4, 3.8), Traci Graham (13.6, 2.6)

The pick: Nevada 70, Utah State 59

NOTES: Graham, who has scored in double figures in nine of her last 10 games, concludes her Nevada career tonight. She has already played 116 games, tops in Nevada history. She leads in steals (222) and is sixth all-time in scoring with 1,094 points. She is 53 for 157 in 3-point attempts this year … Nevada also will say so long to Jessica Preslar, who has averaged more than 15 a game in her last three outings, and Evalina Janisyte, who has played in just nine games this year, also will be honored. Former players Becki Little (heart) and Jocelyn Mancebo (cancer), whoi had their careers cut short, also will be honored … Criner has scored 10 or more points in eight of her last nine games. The lone time she failed to reach 10 points was against Utah State when she managed one point and six rebounds… White shirts will be given out by UNR officials, and fans are urged to wear white tonight and at Saturday’s men’s game aganst New Mexico State.

Compiled by Darrell Moody