The University of Nevada women's basketball team remained undefeated in WAC play and won its fourth straight game Saturday night as Nevada beat Hawai`i 69-50 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Pack's 4-0 start in WAC play is Nevada's best WAC start since joining in the conference in 2000.
With the win Nevada improved to 10-7 overall and 4-0 in the WAC while Hawai`i fell to 3-14 overall and 0-4 in the WAC. Nevada's four-game win streak also marks Nevada's first four-game win streak since Nevada won four straight from December 16 - December 30, 2007.
Nevada opened the game on a 12-3 run and had a nine-point lead on a pair of free throws from Shavon Moore with 13:38 remaining in the half. Hawai`i cut Nevada's lead to five points before two more free throws by Moore with 10:55 left put Nevada back ahead by nine, 16-7.
Hawai`i cut Nevada's lead to five, 22-17, with 1:44 left in the half before Nevada went on a 10-2 run, sparked by a Cherlanda Franklin field goal, to end the half and take a 32-19 lead at the half.
Dellena Criner led Nevada at the half with seven points while Cherlanda Franklin and Brandi Jones each had six. The Pack shot 37.9 percent (11-of-29) from the floor in the first half while the Rainbow Wahine shot 30.4 percent (7of-23). Nevada outrebounded Hawai`i 27-9 in the first half.
Nevada extended its lead to 19 points, 40-21, with 16:59 left in the game on Jones' three pointer. With her three Jones became the ninth player in Nevada history to score 1,000 career points. Jones also is the seventh player in program history to record 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds.
It also marks just the second time in history the Pack had two active 1,000 career points scorers on the same roster as Jones joined teammate Dellena Criner (1,417). Chris Starr (1982- 86; 2,356 career points) and Kit Larson (1981-85; 1,334 career points) were the other two 1,000 career point scorers on the same roster.
Megan Cherry's three pointer with 7:44 remaining in the game put Nevada up by 20, 55-35. Criner's fast-break layup put the Pack up by a game-high 22 points, 62-40, with 4:38 left in the game as the Pack went on to post the 69-50 win.
Criner led Nevada with 12 points while Jones added 11. Franklin grabbed a team-high eight rebounds as Nevada outrebounded Hawai`i 45-23 in the game. The Pack shot 37.7 percent (20-of-53) from the floor in the game.