The University of Nevada women's basketball team overcame a poor shooting first half as Nevada beat San Jose State 61-50 Sunday afternoon behind double figures from Dellena Criner, Marissa Hammond and Cherlanda Franklin.
With the win Nevada improved to 13-7 overall and 7-0 in WAC play while San Jose State fell to 2-19 and 1-7 in the WAC. Head coach Jane Albright became Nevada's winningest first-year head coach with the win. Albright passed Julie Hickey who recorded 12 wins (12-15 overall) during the 1982-83 season.
Nevada also tied the second-longest win streak in program history at seven games. The 1997-98 team recorded a seven-game win streak. The longest win streak in program history is nine games recorded during the 1999-2000 season.
The Spartans had a 16-10 lead with 12:08 remaining in the first half and the Pack did not take its first lead of the game until a jumper by Johnna Ward with 2:43 left in the half put Nevada up 23-22 as the Pack took the one-point lead at halftime.
The Pack shot just 24.1 percent (7-of-29) from the floor in the first half while the Spartans shot 39.1 percent (9-of-23). Hammond led Nevada at the half with seven points and five rebounds.
San Jose State led by three, 32-29 with 15:35 left in the game. With 12:44 left in the game Criner, who had just one point in the game up until the 12:44 mark in the second half, converted a three-point play to tie the game at 32-32.
An offensive rebound by Jennifer Gross led to Megan Cherry's three pointer that put Nevada up by five with 12 minutes to play as Nevada pulled away from the Spartans. The Pack used a 9-0 run to go ahead 48-36 on a pair of free throws by Johnna Ward.
The Pack led by as many as 14 in the second half before posting the 61-50 victory.
Criner scored 12 points while Franklin added 11 and Hammond scored 10. Shavon Moore recorded nine points and added a team-high eight rebounds while Brandi Jones and Franklin each grabbed seven rebounds.
As a team, the Pack shot 31.5 percent (17-of-54) from the floor in the game. Nevada outrebounded San Jose State 41-to-36 in the game.
Nevada will host Fresno State on Friday at 7 p.m. at Lawlor Events Center. The game will be shown on KAME-21 on a tape-delay basis at 9 p.m. Friday night. For tickets call 348-PACK.