Nevada women’s basketball preview box
SANTA CLARA (0-0) AT NEVADA (0-0)
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
Where: Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
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