The University of Nevada women's basketball team won its fifth straight game and remained undefeated in WAC play with a 66-52 win at San Jose State Sunday afternoon. Three players, Dellena Criner 12 points and Shavon Moore 11 points and Brandi Jones 10 points, scored in double figures for Nevada.
With the win Nevada improved to 11-7 overall and 5-0 in WAC play while San Jose State fell to 2-17 overall and 1-5 in WAC play. With the win, Nevada improved to 5-0 in WAC play, matching the best conference start in program history. Nevada opened its 1997-98 Big West Conference season 5-0.
The Pack had an early four-point lead, 6-2, on a field goal from Dellena Criner at the 15:35 mark before San Jose State went on an 11-2 run to go ahead 13-8 with 8:31 left in the first half.
Megan Cherry's three point shot tied the game at 13-13. The Pack scored on back-to-back possessions on two field goals by Shavon Moore as Nevada went ahead 17-13 with 6:32 left.
Cherlanda Franklin's basket with 1:36 gave Nevada a 26-23 lead but the Spartans hit a shot with nine seconds remaining as the Pack went into halftime with a one-point lead, 26-25.
Cherry led the team with five points at the half while Jones, Franklin and Moore each had four. Jones had a team-high five rebounds at the break. As a team, the Pack shot 37.5 percent (10-of-28) from the floor in the first while San Jose State shot 42.3 percent (11of-26).
The Pack opened the second half with a 7-0 run and had a 33-25 lead on a basket by Cherry with 17:39 left in the game. Nevada extended its lead to 11 points on Kayla Williams' layup with 12:06 remaining in the game.
San Jose State cut Nevada's lead to six, 50-44, with 8:38 remaining in the game before Franklin's free throw extended Nevada's lead to 10, 55-45 at the 6:57 mark.
Cherry finished with a career-high nine points while Amanda Johnson recorded a career-high five. Jones grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. As a team, the Pack shot 45.3 percent (24-of-53) form the floor.
First-year head coach Jane Albright is now two wins away from becoming the all-time winningest first-year head coach in program history. Two more wins would give Albright 13 wins. Julie Hickey is currently the winningest first-year head coach with 12 wins (12-15 overall) set during the 1982-83 season.
Nevada open a four-game home stand on Friday hosting Boise State at noon at Lawlor Events Center.