Nevada to play at Notre Dame in 2016

Wolf Pack logoRENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada football program has agreed to a one-game deal to play at Notre Dame in 2016, athletics director Doug Knuth announced today.

The game will mark Nevada’s second visit to Notre Dame Stadium and the game is scheduled for Sept. 10, 2016 in South Bend. It will be one of two trips to Indiana that season for the Wolf Pack as Nevada will also play at Purdue in 2016.

“We are very excited to add the University of Notre Dame to our 2016 schedule,” Nevada coach Brian Polian said. “The opportunity to go and compete against a storied college football program in a unique atmosphere will be a great experience for our student-athletes. And the exposure that our university and program will gain from the broadcast of the game on NBC will be invaluable.  We are excited about the chance to play this game.”

The game will be a homecoming of sorts for Polian, who was an assistant coach for the Fighting Irish from 2005 through 2009, including the final two seasons as special teams coordinator.

In order to place the game on the schedule, Nevada was able to work with two other schools to rearrange the dates of other non-conference games that were on the 2016 schedule.

“We very much appreciate our colleagues at Cal and Cal Poly for their willingness to reschedule our games with them,” Knuth said. “We’re excited for this opportunity.”

Nevada was scheduled to play Cal in Berkeley in 2016. The schools have agreed to push that game to a later season.

The Wolf Pack will now open the season at home with Cal Poly coming to Mackay Stadium on Sept. 3, in a game previously scheduled for Sept. 10 that year. Nevada will also play host to UCLA on Sept. 17 and will be at Purdue on Sept. 24.

Nevada has agreed in principle to the game at Notre Dame. The schools are still finalizing details of the contract.

Nevada signs five on first day of mid-year signing period

Wolf Pack logoRENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada football program announced the signing of five players on Wednesday, the first day of the midyear signing period.

Three of the five signees are offensive linemen and the other two are defensive players – a linebacker and a safety. All five will enroll next month and will go through offseason workouts and spring drills with the team.

“We are very excited to welcome these five young men into our program at the mid-year,” Nevada coach Brian Polian said. “We believe that they are high character people who will have the ability to come in and make our program better, both on and off the field.  Each should have a chance to be an impactful player for the Wolf Pack in 2014 and beyond.”

The three offensive linemen include two freshmen in Daren Echeveria and Chad Specht, along with junior college transfer Humberto Lopez. On the defensive side, Nevada signed linebacker Michael Spivey and safety Duran Workman, both junior college transfers.

Echeveria is a 6-foot-5, 270-pounder from Antelope Valley (Calif) High School who will likely play tackle. In addition to earning all-city, all-league, all-section and all-state honors as a senior in 2012, he was also a section champion in wrestling and lettered in track and field.

“Daren is an athletic offensive lineman who has a long frame that will carry more weight as his body develops,” Polian said. “He displayed a toughness in his high school film that made him an attractive prospect to us. We hope that he will develop into a core player for us on the offensive line in the future.”

 

Lopez is 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds and is also slotted to play tackle for the Wolf Pack. A native of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., he played two seasons at College of the Desert, where he earned second-team all-conference honors. He also played basketball and competed in track and field at Desert Hot Springs High School.

“Bert is very athletic and light on his feet for man of his stature,” Polian said. “He has also displayed a work ethic and desire throughout his time in junior college that leads us to believe that he will be a success here at Nevada. We hope that with his size, strength and experience he will be able to come in and compete right away for a spot on the offensive line.”

Specht signed with Nevada in February and will enroll next month as a grayshirt. A product of Fresno, Calif., he earned first-team All-Valley honors as a junior and a senior. He is now 6-5 and 285 pounds.

“We are happy to have Chad back in the fold,” Polian said. “Originally a signee in the 2013 class, he suffered an injury in training camp and chose to return home for the fall and grayshirt. Before his injury, he had made a very strong impression on our staff and there is no reason to believe that he won’t play himself right back into the mix. Chad has a very bright future.”

Spivey is 5-11 and 240 pounds and comes to Nevada after two seasons at the College of San Mateo in the Bay Area. He was a running back and linebacker at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon.

“Michael is a very active, hard-playing linebacker who cannot only play inside the box, but has shown the ability to make plays in space as well,” Polian said. “He plays with punch and knocks people backwards. Michael should compete for playing time on defense and make an impact on the special teams pretty quickly.”

Workman (5-11, 200) is a native of Charleston, W.V., who recorded 100 tackles over the past two seasons at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif. At George Washington High School in West Virginia, he was a four-year starter who earned all-state honors as a junior and senior.

“Duran is a very savvy football player with great instincts,” Polian said. “He is a sure tackler and has shown the intelligence and flexibility  to play both the free and strong safety positions. Like Michael and Humberto, we would expect Duran to come in and have a chance to compete for playing time in short order.”

Pack loses another close game, downed by Omaha 82-80

Nevada is 4-7 after falling 82-80 at home to Omaha (7-3) today.

The Wolf Pack hosts Iona at 1:05 p.m. on Dec. 22 and Long Beach State at 7:05 p.m. on Dec. 28 to close out 2013.

Nevada is now 1-3 at home and 1-5 in the last six games.  Omaha won its fifth game in a row.

Today’s game was the fifth two-point game of the season for the Wolf Pack.  The Pack is 3-2 in those five contests.

Nevada and Omaha have split the two games in the series.  Both were played at Nevada’s Lawlor Events Center.

Deonte Burton finished with 22 points.  It’s Burton’s ninth game scoring 20 or more points in a game this season.  He became the fifth player in school history to score 1,700 career points and his 1,713 points ranks fifth at Nevada.  Alex Boyd (1967-90) is fourth with 1,731 points.

Jerry Evans, Jr. finished with a team-high 24 points, one off his career best of 25 that came earlier this season vs. #19 UCLA.  Evans scored 19 points in the first half.

Evans has three career games of 20 or more points, all coming this season in the last five games.  Six times in the last seven games he reached double figures and had eight points in the other game.  Eight times he has scored in double figures this season.

Sophomore Lucas Stivrins made his first career start and had two points.  Stivrins led the Pack for the first time with a season-high six rebounds.  Stivrins played a season-high 31 minutes and had his best assist night with three.

Marqueze Coleman and Ronnie Stevens, Jr. did not play today.  Coleman is bothered by an eye injury and Stevens has shin splints.  Both are day-to-day for the Pack’s Dec. 22 game with Iona.

Junior Michael Perez finished with 17 points, one off his season-high of 18 that occurred twice vs. #19 UCLA and at Cal.  Perez had made a three-pointer in all 11 games this season.

Head coach David Carter is 78-65 in his fifth season leading the Wolf Pack and ranks ninth in career wins.  Carter is one win back of his mentor Trent Johnson’s (1999-04) 79 wins for eighth most in school history.

Pack ends road trip with loss to Cal; opens three game set at home starting Saturday

Wolf Pack logoNevada is 4-6 after they fall 92-84 at Cal (7-3)  Tuesday night.

The Wolf Pack hosts Omaha (7-3) on Saturday at 3 p.m.  It is the first of three in a row at Lawlor Events Center.  Iona comes to Reno on Dec. 22 and Long Beach State on Dec. 28.   The Pack went 1-3 on the road

Cal leads the series 25-11 after Tuesday’s win and has won the last three games.

Nevada outrebounded Cal 34-23.  The plus 11 rebound margin is the second highest of the season.  The Pack outrebounded UC Davis by 18, 42-24 in its previous game.

Deonte Burton scored a game-high 26 points.  It was the sixth time he posted a game-high, ninth time he led the team in scoring and eighth time he scored 20 or more points in game.  He totaled 19 points in the Pack’s other two games.  Burton recorded his 400th career assist in the game tonight and has 404 at Nevada to rank seventh.

After tonight Burton is nine points from 1,700.  His 1,691 points ranks fifth in school history.

Michael Perez tied his season-high with 18 points.  His first 18-point game was versus UCLA in Las Vegas.  Perez made 5-of-8 three pointers.  The five made three-pointers is his season-high and the high by a Nevada player this year.  Perez has made a three-pointer in every game this season.  He grabbed a season-high eight rebounds to tie for game high honors.  It was the second time he led the team in rebounding.

Jerry Evans, Jr. scored in double figures for the seventh time this season finishing the game with 18 points.  It was his fifth double figure scoring game in the last six.

Head coach David Carter is 78-64 in his fifth season leading the Wolf Pack and ranks ninth in career wins.  Carter is one win back of his mentor Trent Johnson’s (1999-04) 79 wins for eighth most in school history.

 

Grand Canyon knocks off Nevada in front of record crowd

Wolf Pack logoRENO, Nev. – The Wolf Pack women’s basketball team fell 75-55 at home to Grand Canyon in front of a program record 4,307 fans Tuesday morning at Lawlor Events Center.

With the loss, Nevada falls to 4-6 on the season, while Grand Canyon improves to 7-2 on the year.

Nevada got on the board first, scoring on a Mimi Mungedi basket in the paint to start the game. Grand Canyon reclaimed the lead and held it for the majority of the first half, before Danika Sharp nailed a three to tie the game at 18-18 with 7:50 on the clock. Mungedi scored her 10th point of the game at the 3:18 mark to cut the Wolf Pack deficit to 27-25. The Antelopes went into halftime with a 32-26 lead.

Grand Canyon extended its lead to double-digits out of the break to 44-30. Mungedi’s bucket in the key at the 14:34 mark chopped the Grand Canyon lead back down to single figures at 46-37. The Antelopes matched  its biggest lead of the game at 59-43 with seven minutes to play in regulation. A lay-up by Wolf Pack guard Terilyn Moe cut the deficit to 63-51 with 3:51 to play. That would be the closest Nevada would get, as Grand Canyon won the game 75-55.

Mungedi led Nevada with 15 points and nine rebounds. Moe added 11 points for the Wolf Pack. Judy Jones recorded a double-double for Grand Canyon, finishing the game with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Nevada outrebounded GCU 43-41.

Nevada will travel to Santa Barbara next weekend for a game against UC Santa Barbara. Tip-off is next Saturday at 2 p.m.

Five Wolf Pack players earn All-Mountain West honors

Wolf Pack logoRENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada football team placed five players on the All-Mountain West teams that were announce Tuesday by the league.

Senior tackle Joel Bitonio and junior defensive end Brock Hekking earned first-team honors for the Pack. Senior punter Chase Tenpenny was a second-team honoree while senior wide receiver Brandon Wimberly and junior defensive back Charles Garrett earned honorable mention.

The teams were voted on by the league’s head coaches and a selection of media members who cover the league.

This is the second-straight year of recognition for Wimberly and Hekking. Wimberly was a first-team honoree in 2012 while Hekking earned second-team honors last season.

Coming off big overtime win, Pack finishes road trip against Cal Bears on Tuesday

Wolf Pack logoNevada ends four-game road trip at Cal Tuesday:  Nevada (4-5) concludes a four-game road trip at Cal (6-3) on Tuesday.  The Wolf Pack snapped a three-game losing skid winning 87-81 in overtime at UC Davis on Saturday.  The Bears lost on Friday at UC Santa Barbara 72-65.  It is the Pack’s final nonconference road game of the season.  The game will air on the Pac-12 Networks.

Tuesday, 8:00 p.m. PT

NEVADA WOLF PACK

(4-5)

at

Cal Bears

(6-3)

Walter A. Haas Jr. Pavilion (11,877)

Berkley, Calif.

 

TELEVISION: Pac-12 Networks

Ted Robinson (play-by-play); Don MacLean (analyst)

FREE AUDIO: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/nevada.portal

RADIO:                 University of Nevada Radio Network (KUUB 94.5 FM Reno; KPLY 630

AM Reno; KUUB 94.3 FM Carson City; KELY 1230 AM Ely; KHWG 750 AM Fallon, KWNA 1400 AM Winnemucca; and KSVL 92.3 FM Yerington)

Ryan Radtke (play-by-play); pregame 30 minutes prior to tip-off

LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/unv-m-baskbl-sched.html

SERIES HISTORY: Cal leads the series 24-11.  The two schools have split the last 10 meetings but the Bears have won the last two.  Cal won the last meeting at home 75-66 on Dec. 20, 2008 .

The Pack’s last victory at Cal was 57-54 on Dec. 7, 1983.

UP NEXT: Nevada returns home for the first time since Nov. 24 to begin a three-game homestand.  The Pack plays Omaha on Dec. 14, Iona on Dec. 22 and ends 2013 with a Dec. 28 game with Long Beach State.

Nevada women’s basketball hosts Grand Canyon Tuesday

Wolf Pack logoRENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada women’s basketball team (4-5) will host Grand Canyon (6-2) Tuesday morning at Lawlor Events Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 11 a.m. The team has partnered with the Washoe County School District for a “When I Grow Up” field trip event. The game is free to the public.

“We are excited to have our local elementary and middle school students come to Lawlor and cheer us on,” head coach Jane Albright said. “The kids will really bring a lot of energy to our team that we will need to face a tough Grand Canyon team. I was pleased with the way we limited our turnovers over the weekend in our loss on the road. We are ready for another opportunity to get better and will look to get back in the win column.”

The meeting marks the first between the two programs. The Antelopes are led by Judy Jones, who is averaging 14.8 ppg., and 8.9 rpg.

All home games are available to watch online for free through the Mountain West Network via NevadaWolfPack.TV. A free Stretch Internet audio broadcast is available athttp://client.stretchinternet.com/client/nevada.portal.

33 Nevada student-athletes to graduate

Wolf Pack logoRENO, Nev. – Thirty-three University of Nevada student-athletes have applied for graduation with December Commencement ceremonies scheduled for Saturday at Lawlor Events Center.

The 33 Wolf Pack graduates represent 13 sports on campus, in addition to a member of the spirit team who is graduating. Nevada’s football program will graduate eight on Saturday, including three who still have another year of eligibility remaining. The Wolf Pack cross country and track and field teams have seven student-athletes who are graduating.

Four Nevada baseball players will receive their degrees along with four members of the rifle team.  Women’s soccer has three graduates and volleyball has two who are receiving diplomas. Men’s basketball, women’s golf, softball, men’s tennis and women’s tennis each have one graduate this semester.

Nevada’s graduating student-athletes represent a variety of majors, including neuroscience, international business, wildlife ecology and conservation, biology, communications, community health science, economics, finance, human development and family studies, journalism, speech pathology, criminal justice and art.

Graduating Nevada student-athletes are given special silver and blue cords to wear at commencement in recognition of their efforts as student-athletes. Wolf Pack student-athletes are the only University students allowed to wear silver and blue cords.

Including this semester’s graduates, Nevada has seen 567 of its student-athletes graduate in the past nine years. The Wolf Pack’s Graduation Success Rate remains high at 78 percent.

“We are very proud of all student-athletes who are graduating this semester,” said Nevada Director of Athletics Doug Knuth. “Earning a degree from Nevada is a significant achievement and they should all be congratulated for reaching this goal. We wish them the best as the move on to the next phases of their lives.”

The University’s December Commencement will confer 1,461 degrees and certificates: 1,075 bachelor’s degrees and 386 advanced degrees (master’s and doctoral degrees) will be awarded. Due to predicted inclement weather conditions the ceremony will be delayed by one hour. For more information: http://www.unr.edu/Documents/unr/commencement/2013%20December%20Commencement%20Information_08%2020%2013.pdf

 

2013 Wolf Pack Winter Graduates (by sport)

 

NAME                                   DEGREE                                                SPORT

Tom Jameson                   Criminal Justice                                      Baseball

Brooks Klein                     Community Health Sciences                 Baseball

Raymond Mcintire           HDFS                                                         Baseball

Jamison Rowe                  Journalism                                                Baseball

Patrick Nyeko                   General Studies                                        Men’s Basketball

Kolby Arendse                  Community Health Sciences                 Football

Joel Bitonio                      Economics                                                 Football

Aaron Bradley                  Political Science                                       Football

Devin Combs                    Economics                                                 Football

Jordan Hanson                Economics                                                 Football

Jacob Peppard                  General Studies                                       Football

Jack Reynoso                    HDFS                                                         Football

Chase Tenpenny              General Studies                                       Football

Louise Yi                            HDFS                                                         Women’s Golf

Chelsie Hata                      Neuroscience                                            Rifle

Clifton Little                      International Business                           Rifle

Carmen Luke                    Community Health Sciences                 Rifle

Elsa Ochsner                     Art                                                               Rifle

Lauren Braman                 Communication Studies                        Soccer

Chelsea Fricke                   Speech Pathology                                    Soccer

Dana Moreno                    HDFS                                                         Soccer

Sam Puzey                         Community Health Sciences                 Softball

Valerie Rosenfield            Finance                                                       Spirit

Nathan Reix                      Finance                                                      Men’s Tennis

Emma Verberne               Environmental Science                          Women’s Tennis

Deborah Amoah               Community Health Sciences                Womens’ Track & Field

Katelyn Choukalos           Community Health Sciences                Women’s Track & Field

Samantha Diaz                  Wildlife Ecology & Conservation        Women’s Track & Field

Tanisha Hawkins               General Studies                                     Women’s Track & Field

Caitlin Owen                      Art                                                             Women’s Track & Field

Julie Pedersen                    Community Health Sciences              Women’s Track & Field

Kerri Simmons                  Criminal Justice                                     Women’s Track & Field

Kelly Chang                        Biology                                                      Volleyball

Elissa Ji                               Journalism                                               Volleyball

 

Nevada women take consolidation game in win over Wake Forest

Wolf Pack logoRENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada women’s basketball team defeated Wake Forest 95-87 in the John Ascuaga’s Nugget Classic Consolation game Saturday evening at Lawlor Events Center.

With the win, Nevada improves to 4-3 on the season, while Wake Forest drops to 4-4 on the year. The 95-87 win marks the eighth time a Jane Albright Nevada team has reached 90 points. The program is 8-0 in games when 90 or more points have been scored.

Wolf Pack senior guard Arielle Wideman tied a career-high with two made three-pointers to give Nevada an early 10-5 lead. Wideman attacked the basket at the 13:56 mark with a lay-up to put Nevada ahead 17-7. A made three by Wake Forest guard Kelila Atkinson ended the Wolf Pack 11-0 run. Wideman knocked down her third shot from beyond the arc to push the Nevada lead to 31-14 with 7:27 on the clock. A pair of made free throws by Wideman tied the senior’s career high of 17 points, giving the Pack a 39-23 lead. Dearica Hamby cut the Wake Forest deficit to single digits  at 39-30 with two made shots from the charity stripe with 1:49 to play before halftime. Nevada led 46-33 at the break, shooting 50 percent from the field.

Five consecutive points by Wolf Pack guard Danika Sharp extended the lead to 51-33 out of the break. Kandice Ball got the Demon Deacons within 66-55 of the Pack with a basket in the paint at the 12:47 mark. A lay-up by Ataijah Taylor cut the deficit to single digits at 68-60 with 11:48 to play. A three-point play by Terilyn Moe gave Nevada an 85-76 lead with 5:25 on the clock. The Wolf Pack was solid from the free throw line late to claim the 95-87 win.

Sharp and Moe led Nevada with 23 points each. The point total is a new career-high for Moe, eclipsing her previous career-high of 20 points that was reached in the Cal State Fullerton game last year. Wideman’s 22 points is a new career-high, passing her 17 points that was set last season at CSU Bakersfield. With a made three-pointer in the game, Sharp moves past Tahnee Robinson (2009-11) to sit in fourth place of Nevada’s all-time made three list with 141.

The Wolf Pack will close out its four-game home stand Tuesday night against BYU. Tip-off is 6:30 p.m. at Lawlor Events Center.