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




Cal Bears


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

Berkley, Calif.


TELEVISION: Pac-12 Networks

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


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


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 at

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:


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


North Tahoe resorts open new ski terrain


North Lake Tahoe logoNORTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev.  — New snow and cold temperatures have allowed North Lake Tahoe ski resorts to open new ski terrain ahead of another snowstorm forecast to drop more than a foot of snow tonight and Saturday morning.

Sugar Bowl Resort opens for the season tomorrow with top-to-bottom skiing and riding on Mt. Lincoln Express and Nob Hill. The Donner Summit resort reported 10 inches of new snow out of Tuesday’s snowstorm and forecasters predict the resort could receive more than a foot and a half of fresh snow from a Friday night and Saturday storm that could have skiers and riders making deep powder turns on the first day of Sugar Bowl’s ski season.

Northstar has expanded its ski terrain and today added the Comstock chairlift to its list of six chairlifts currently operating. The resort also plans to open the backside of the mountain soon. Squaw Valley opens Red Dog chairlift Friday, adding to the seven lifts currently spinning, including Searchlight and Gold Coast. Boreal Mountain Resort is open to the top with terrain park features, including jibs and jumps. Mt. Rose starts spinning the Northwest Magnum six high-speed chairlift offering groomed runs top to bottom today.

Tuesday’s snow came with very cold temperatures, allowing North Tahoe ski resorts to run their snowmaking systems continuously. Cold temperatures continue through the weekend, giving ski resorts an opportunity to continue building the snow base and open even more terrain.

North Tahoe has five ski resorts open this weekend: Northstar, Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl, Boreal and Mt. Rose. Alpine Meadows and Homewood Mountain Resort plan to open Dec. 13.

About North Lake Tahoe

For more information about North Lake Tahoe, visit And for the best bargains, including lodging, check out the “Cool Deals” tab, which is updated daily. North LakeTahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport. Visitor information centers are located at 100 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village. North Lake Tahoe is currently in the running for Best Ski Destination for10Best and USA Today, vote here:

2-for-1 season passes to 2014 Reno-Tahoe Open available for limited time


RTOlogoWith freezing temperatures and snow blanketing the valley floor, remind that special someone on your shopping list of the beautiful weather our area enjoys in the summer with two-for-one season passes to the 2014 Reno-Tahoe Open at Montrêux Golf & Country Club.

This perfect stocking stuffer allows two people to attend every day of the 16th annual Reno-Tahoe Open, northern Nevada’s only official PGA Tour event, July 28 through Aug. 3. Now through Dec. 20, two-for-one season passes are only $65 and will certainly make the holiday season a little brighter for the golf fanatic on your holiday shopping list.

For tickets call 775-322-3900 or email Two-for-one tickets are available only through Dec. 20, so buy today.

The 16th annual Reno-Tahoe Open at Montrêux, an official PGA Tour event, takes place July 28-Aug. 3, 2014, at Montrêux Golf & Country Club in Reno. The tournament is one of just 45 full-field stops during the PGA Tour season and is part of the FedExCup series, a points competition for PGA Tour professionals. The internationally televised event brings in millions of dollars in coverage for the Reno-Tahoe region through its affiliation with The Golf Channel as it follows 132 PGA Tour professionals competing for a share of the tournament’s $3 million purse. The Reno-Tahoe Open is managed and operated by the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, comprising key sponsors including the Eldorado Hotel Reno, Montrêux Development Group and NV Energy.

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.

Nevada’s season ends with 28-23 loss to BYU

Wolf Pack logoWith the loss to BYU, Nevada ended the season at 4-8 on the year, with a 3-5 record in the Mountain West … The program’s all-time record moved to 521-454-34 … Brian Polian is 4-8 as a head coach.


  • Senior Jake Peppard (DE) started his first career game in his final career game.
  • Connor Talbott and Fred Lavulo started at guard with Jeremy Macauley nursing an injury.
  • Nevada opened in a two-tight end set with Jarred Gipson and senior Stephen Jeffers.
  • Gabe Lee (LB) made his first career start.



Senior Chase Tenpenny put the wraps on one of the top punting seasons in school history and a splendid two-year career but setting the school record for career punting average at 43.9 yards per punt. On Saturday, he had five punts for 236 yards – an average of 47.2 – with a long of 55. His season average finished at 44.5 yards per punt – the fourth-best season average in school history.



Brandon Wimberly caught a 19-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick against Notre Dame on Sept. 5, 2009 for his first collegiate reception in his first career game for the Wolf Pack.  And he’s caught a pass in every game he has played in since, a stretch of 52 straight games that is more than any other player in conference history. He completed the streak on Saturday with 10 catches for 117 yards. The streak would be the Mountain West record but the league only recognizes games played by Wimberly with Nevada as a member of the MW (Wimberly’s first two seasons came with Nevada in the WAC). The Mountain West record for consecutive games with a reception is 47, held by UNLV’s Casey Flair and Wyoming’s Jovon Bouknight.

Wimberly missed all of the 2011 season due to injury but his (first) senior season in 2012 saw a remarkable comeback from the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder. Wimberly led Nevada in catches (70) and yards (845) and was second (behind current New England Patriots TE Zach Sudfeld) in touchdowns (4). Wimberly received a medical hardship from the NCAA in the offseason to return for a sixth season.

The NCAA record is 54 games by Bryan Anderson of Central Michigan (2006-09).



Wimberly caught 10 passes for 117 yards, which gave him 261 receptions for 3,049 yards in his career.

He is just the seventh player in Nevada history to record more than 3,000 receiving yards. His 261 receptions ranks third all-time at the school. His 3,049 yards ranks sixth.

For the season, Wimberly had 97 catches, which is the seventh-best single-season in school history. He finished 11 yards shy of the 1,000-yard mark for receiving yards for the season.



BYU won the toss and elected to defer to the second half while Nevada received the opening kickoff … Joel Bitonio started his 38th consecutive game (longest streak on the team) and Brandon Wimberly started his 48th game (most overall on the team) … Nevada pitched a shutout in the first half, which, combined with the second half of the SJSU game, marked four straight scoreless quarters … Cody Fajardo moved past Chris Vargas for fifth place in career completions at 639.



Pack to host John Ascuaga’s Nugget Classic starting Friday

Wolf Pack logoRENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada women’s basketball team (3-2) will open the 2013 John Ascuaga’s Nugget Classic against Idaho (3-2) Friday night at Lawlor Events Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.  No. 20 California (3-2) will face Wake Forest (4-2) in the second game at 7:30 p.m. The Wolf Pack will play in the 5:30 p.m. game in day two of the tournament on Saturday, facing either Cal or Wake Forest. Fans who attend the Nevada-BYU football game are encouraged to bring their ticket to the game for free entrance on Saturday.

The Wolf Pack has been in the championship game of the Nugget Classic seven times in the last eight tournaments. Last season Nevada defeated Cleveland State 86-79 in the classic opener, before falling 73-61 to Toledo in the championship game.

Special pregame and halftime festivities are scheduled as part of Nevada’s partnership with Nike N7’s division that benefits Native American and Aboriginal communities in the USA and Canada. Sam McCracken, Nike’s Native American Business Manager and Chairman of the N7 Fund, will be on hand Friday following Nevada’s game to meet with fans in the Silver and Blue Room at Lawlor.

“We are very thankful for the John Ascuaga’s Nugget for sponsoring this tremendous annual event,” head coach Jane Albright said. “It is a chance for our community to see some of the best teams in the country and a chance for us to compete against them on our home floor.  It is also a time when we honor our Native Americans with our Nike N7 game. This year will be especially exciting with our opener against Idaho, who won the WAC last year and went to the NCAA tourney. The team is excited to wear our new turquoise uniforms as ambassadors for N7. We are thankful to have great fans and we hope that they will come out to cheer us on during this exciting time.”

Former WAC mate Idaho (3-2) returns to Reno after having a three-game win streak snapped with a 74-64 loss at San Diego. The Vandals are led by Stacey Barr’s 15 ppg., and 8.4 rpg. Idaho leads the overall series with Nevada 18-16. In the last meeting, the Vandals defeated the Pack 87-86 in an overtime game during the 2011-12 season at Lawlor Events Center. Last season Idaho claimed a WAC championship, the team’s first since 1985. The Vandals were matched up with eventual national champion Connecticut on UConn’s home floor in the first round of the NCAA tournament, where they lost 105-37.

Cal enters the classic ranked No. 20 and is 3-2 on the year. The Bears are led by Reshanda Gray’s 16.4 ppg. Cal leads the overall series with Nevada 5-0. The two teams last met on a neutral court during the 2009-10 season, where the Bears defeated the Pack 85-60. The Bears finished the 2012-13 season with 32 wins as the Pac-12 regular season champion, before making a deep run in the NCAA Tournament where the team fell to Louisville 64-57 in the Final Four.

Wake Forest (4-2) is led by Chelsea Douglas who is averaging 23 ppg. The Demon Deacons are riding a four-game win streak. Wake Forest and Nevada have met once, facing each other last season where the Deacons knocked off the Wolf Pack 77-54 in Winston-Salem. Wake Forest ended its 2012-13 season 13-19, falling to No. 10 Maryland 92-81 in overtime of the ACC Tournament quarterfinal game.

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 at

Nike N7

N7 began with a vision.  In 2000, Sam McCracken had the idea to sell Nike products directly to Native American tribes to support health promotion and disease prevention programs.  Seven years after Nike’s Native American division began, the Nike design team collaborated with various community experts and tribal leaders to create footwear specifically for the Native American community, called Nike Air Native N7.  All proceeds from the Air Native N7, which is sold through Native American community centers and tribes, are given back to youth sport and physical activity programs in Native communities across North America through the N7 Fund.  Beginning in 2009, Nike expanded N7 product to include a N7 collection available for purchase by anyone inspired by Native athletes and the N7 Fund.

N7 is our commitment to bring sport and all of its benefits to Native American and Aboriginal communities in the United States and Canada. Through activity, competition and play you can unleash the power of your generation. You can grow up active and healthy. Sport gives you self-confidence, enabling you to be a force for positive change in your community. Nike N7 and the N7 Fund are aligned with Designed to Movea growing community of public, private and civil sector organizations (including Nike) dedicated to ending the growing epidemic of physical inactivity.