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Courtesy: San Jose State Athletics
Reno, Nevada---The San Jose State women's basketball team improved to 5-6 by defeating the Nevada Wolf Pack (3-10, 0-2) 64-56 Saturday, January 7, 2006 in Reno, Nevada.
The Spartans are now 2-0 in Western Athletic Conference. They opened the conference season 2-0 on the road for the first time since the 2001-02 season.
A 13-0 run by the Spartans from 9:23 to 5:34 in the second half broke open the game that remained close throughout the first 30 minutes. Guard Anetero Uiagalelei had her second career-high of the season, pouring in 15 points, including three three-pointers in the second half.
"Anetero got us started on that run that helped us to shut them down," Spartan head coach Janice Richard said about the 5-foot-10 senior.
Wolf Pack head coach Kim Gervasoni agreed that Uiagalelei played an important role in the game's outcome.
"She was the X-factor," Gervasoni said. "She had a good game."
Uiagalelei said she was happy with her contribution.
"I've been shooting poorly lately, so it felt good to get the three-point shot back," she said.
Three other Spartans shot in double figures, with forward Lamisha Augustine leading all scorers with 18 points. Forward Amber Jackson and guard Brittany Imaku each scored 10.
The teams exchanged leads throughout the first half, with the Spartans leading 26-24 at halftime. In the second half, the Wolf Pack got up by as many as five at 13:04 when Brandi Fitzgerald scored to make it 39-34 before the Spartans went on their 13-0 run.
"It feels good to go on the road and get two wins in the WAC," Richard said. "It's tough to win two on the road, much less in the WAC and there aren't a lot of team that can do that."
The Spartans shot 47 percent from the field, while the Wolf Pack shot just 29 percent. Fitzgerald was Nevada's leading scorer with 17 points.
"I was embarrassed by the way we came out in the second half," Gervasoni said. "Our team faces adversity and they give up."
The Spartans, tied with Louisiana Tech for first place in the conference standings, return for their first home game since Dec. 10 when they take on North Dakota State in non-conference action Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7:00 p.m. at The Event Center.
Nevada (56) Graham 3-11 0-0 7; Preslar 2-16 4-6 8; Franklin 1-5 1-2 3; Saltmarsh 1-4 4-4 6; McGuire 5-17 0-0 11; Henry 0-1 0-0 0; Fitzgerald 7-13 2-2 17; Hayman 0-0 0-0 0; Sitton 0-0 0-0 0; Criner 0-2 2-2 2; Salave'a 1-1 0-0 2; Totals: 20-70 13-16 56
San Jose State (64) Uiagalelei 5-11 2-5 15; Augustine 5-13 7-8 18; Jackson 4-6 2-4 10; Imaku 4-7 2-5 10; Fields 0-2 0-0 0; White 0-0 0-0 0; Barnes 0-2 0-1 0; Hall, A 2-4 2-2 6; Hicks 1-1 0-2 3; Morris 1-1 0-0 2; Totals 22-47 15-26 64.
Halftime score - San Jose State 26, Nevada 24. Three-point field goals –San Jose State 5-11 (Uiagalelei 3-6, Augustine 1-2, Barnes 0-1, Imaku 0-1, Hicks 1-1), Nevada 3-11 (Graham 1-5, Preslar 0-1, McGuire 1-4, Fitzgerald 1-1) Rebounds San Jose State 38 (Augustine 8), Nevada 46 (Fitzgerald 11). Assists – San Jose State 11 (Imaku 4, Jackson 4), Nevada 12 (Preslar 3). Total fouls – San Jose State 15, Nevada 22, 14 Fouled out - None. Technical fouls – none. Attendance - 445.
SPARTAN MEN LOSE TO NEVADA:
San Jose, Calif.-----Missing leading scorer Demetrius Brown, San Jose State University was unable to produce the upset over preseason conference favorite University of Nevada, losing 63-56 in Western Athletic Conference men's basketball action at The Event Center on Saturday, January 7.
WOLF PACK COME UP WITH ENOUGH OFFENSE LATE
With Brown out for the fifth time this season due to an injury suffered in the Spartans' previous game, San Jose State (4-11, 0-2 WAC) hung around for much of the contest, and was down just three at 53-50 with under eight minutes left, but could not get any closer. The teams combined for just four field goals and 14 total points for the remainder, as Nevada (11-3, 1-1 WAC) did just enough to snap a two-game losing streak. The Spartans held the visitors without a field goal for the final 5:23. Nick Fazekas, a junior center who was the WAC "Player of the Year" last season, made four of five free throws and scored eight of his game-high 25 points over the last seven minutes.
"It was a battle," said Nevada head coach Mark Fox. "I was proud of our team. Yesterday was a long day for us (with travel issues arriving from Hawai'i) and we were a little more physically and emotionally drained than I anticipated, but we fought through it and found a way to win the game."
"I don't want this to be false solace for our team," explained San Jose State head coach George Nessman. "But what else can we do? We can just fight hard, do the best we can, and try to put ourselves in position to win, and I think we did that in both of these games (including Thursday's loss to Utah State). They are both better teams than us right now, but I can't be dissatisfied with our guys' effort.
"Tonight, we didn't make many mental errors down the stretch. We missed some shots. They are awfully hard to score against around the goal since they are so big. I'm pleased with the effort. We executed our defensive game plan. We have to make shots. Their length and their ability to defend, bothered some of our shots, too."
ONE-POINT LEAD IN FIRST HALF
In the first half, Nevada jumped out to a 12-4 lead at 13:26, only to see San Jose State come back and take its only lead of the game, 17-16, at the 8:33 mark. The Wolf Pack held the Spartans without a made field goal for the next 4:13, however, and got to as large as an 11-point lead with 40 seconds on the clock. Carlton Spencer's jumper beat the buzzer for a 35-26 deficit for the home side at the break.
Spencer was an important factor in keeping San Jose State at striking distance throughout the second frame, as the junior guard put together a number of athletic, slashing moves to the basket for a total of five lay-ups in scoring 10 of his career-high 15 points after halftime. He also had five rebounds and a team-high four assists.
"We are starting to figure out that we can play with these teams and beat them," said Spencer. "We made a conscious effort to be more aggressive. We wanted to go at them, and go at Fazekas and try to foul him out, but unfortunately, it didn't happen."
Fazekas finished eight-of-15 from the field and nine-of-10 from the line in attaining his 25 points. He also grabbed nine rebounds.
"(Nick) is playing exceptional basketball right now," remarked Fox.
"We did the best we could on Fazekas," added Nessman. "He's just really good."
Mo Charlo produced a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. A third Wolf Pack player in double digits was Marcelus Kemp, who registered 10 points. Ramon Sessions dished out a game-high seven assists on the night.
Alongside Spencer's effort, Kevin Fleming had a strong night for the Spartans, providing eight points, two assists and a team-high nine rebounds off the bench. Menelik Barbary reached double digits in scoring for a second straight game in adding 10 points to go with seven boards.
"We missed (Demetrius Brown)," added Spencer. "He is the best player on the team. More guys have to step it up (in his absence.)"
"This break will be a good thing," Spencer concluded. "We will get the opportunity to rest a lot of injuries on the team."
Nevada (63) Charlo 6-13 0-1 13; Kemp 4-11 0-0 10; Fazekas 8-15 9-10 25; Shiloh 1-4 2-2 4; Sessions 1-6 0-1 2; Burleson 1-1 0-0 3; Ellis 0-0 0-0 0; Ikovlev 1-4 0-0 2; Bell 0-0 0-0 0; Johnson 2-4 0-2 4. Totals 24-58 11-16 63.
San Jose State (56) Elam 3-15 2-2 8; Misko 3-5 3-4 9; Barbary 5-10 0-0 10; Gardner 0-2 0-0 0; Spencer 7-11 0-0 15; Richardson 2-9 0-0 6; Cozad 0-0 0-2 0; Thomas 0-1 0-0 0; J. Smith 0-0 0-0 0; Fleming 2-4 4-4 8; Holloway 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-57 9-12 56.
Halftime score – Nevada 35, San Jose State 26. Three-point field goals – Nevada 4-16 (Kemp 2-4, Burleson 1-1, Charlo 1-3, Ikovlev 0-2, Fazekas 0-3, Shiloh 0-3), San Jose State 3-14 (Richardson 2-6, Spencer 1-1, Gardner 0-2, Elam 0-5). Rebounds – Nevada 39 (Charlo 10), San Jose State 34 (Fleming 9). Assists – Nevada 16 (Sessions 7), San Jose State 11 (Spencer 4). Total fouls – Nevada 15, San Jose State 16. Fouled out – Barbary. Technical fouls – none. Attendance – 1,566.