By Alexa Ard
The 2012-2013 season was Nevada’s first year in the Mountain West Conference. Like many of Nevada’s sports, women’s basketball struggled, finishing with a 8-23, 2-14 MW record. It was a young team with only one senior, Chanelle Brennan, who was dismissed from the team for violations of team rules near the end of the season. The advantage of having a young team last year is that there will be established chemistry right from the start this year.
The Wolf Pack even decided on having the same team captains as last year, seniors Danika Sharp and Arielle Wideman and junior Emily Burns.
Nevada will see four newcomers. There are a total of four seniors, six juniors, two sophomores and two freshmen.
The starters for the Pack as of now are Danika Sharp, Arielle Wideman, Terilyn Moe, Emily Burns and Mimi Mungedi. With this line-up, Nevada head coach Jane Albright will be running three guards and two posts. Sharp, a shooting guard, led the team in scoring with 13.6 points per game. Point guard Wideman averaged 8.2 points per game and 3.5 assists last season. Burns is another returning starter.
However, the biggest surprises so far have been seen in Mungedi and Moe, who is returning from an ACL injury.
Both have put numbers on the scoreboard and competed in a way that earned them more minutes on the court.
The Pack has two victories so far after defeating San Francisco State and Utah Valley. Hopefully, the Wolf Pack can keep this winning momentum to prove the Mountain West preseason poll wrong.
Out of 11 teams, Nevada was predicted to finish in 10th place.
It looks like Nevada will see its biggest competition in Fresno State, who is picked to finish first. However, the Bulldogs are certainly not an unbeatable team as Nevada defeated them in their house last season.
The established chemistry might be Nevada’s biggest force to be reckoned with.
Alexa Ard can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.