The University of Nevada women's basketball team held its first official practice of the 2013-14 season on Monday. Wolf Pack head coach Jane Albright enters her sixth year at the helm of the program. The team returns 10 letter winners, including four starters from the 2012-13 squad that finished the season 8-23 overall and 2-14 in the Mountain West. Four newcomers will suit up for the silver and blue this year.
Senior shooting guard Danika Sharp returns as the team's leading scorer, ending the 2012-13 season with 13.6 points per game. The West Wendover, Nev. native started all 31 games for the team last season. Sharp earned All-Mountain West Honorable Mention honors last season.
Senior guard Arielle Wideman returns for her last season with Nevada after averaging 8.2 points per game and 3.5 assists per game last season. Wideman currently sits in the eighth spot on Nevada's single-season leaders list with the 111 she tallied during the 2012 season.
Senior Amber Smith will see an increased role with the departure of graduated senior Chanelle Brennan. Smith appeared in all 31 games last season, starting in seven. Senior Markie Wilder will add depth to the guard position in her last season with the program.
Nevada will feature a total of six juniors on its 2012-13 roster. Local Reno, Nev. product Emily Burns started all 31 games last season, averaging 6.8 points per game, and a team high 6.5 rebounds per game and 1.2 blocks per game. Wolf Pack center Mimi Mungedi will look to carry the load for the team down low this season. Mungedi recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the MW Tournament Quarterfinal game against San Diego State, and appeared in 29 games last year, starting in 11.
Forward Aja Johnson is back after averaging 4.2 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game. Johnson saw action in all 31 games last season with four starts. Guard Kelsey Kaelin will see time at a deep guard position. Kaelin played in 30 games last season.
Junior transfer Anna Cameron joins the team this season after previously playing for the College of the Siskiyous. The Cambridge, New Zealand native averaged 21 points per game, 10.3 rebounds per game, and 4.4 assists per game as a sophomore. Fellow junior transfer Kayla Reeves will add experience to the guard position, joining the program after playing basketball at Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif.
Sophomore Nyasha LeSure and Julia Shelbourn both return looking to increase their production this season. LeSure appeared in 29 games with 15 starts last season, while Shelbourn saw action in 30 games. Fellow sophomore guard Terilyn Moe is back after playing in 12 games last season before her year was cut short due to an injury.
The team will kick-off the season with a home exhibition game against San Francisco State on Nov. 5. Tip-off is 6:30 p.m. at Lawlor Events Center.
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