Lady Rebels Drop MW Opener
Jan. 1, 2014
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Foul trouble and turnovers put UNLV in an early hole that it was unable to dig out of, falling behind by 15 points at halftime before eventually dropping a 79-63 contest to Fresno State in Mountain West women's basketball action on Wednesday afternoon from the Cox Pavilion. In the league opener for both teams, UNLV would drop to 3-10 overall, while the Bulldogs improved to 7-5.
Lady Rebel starters Aley Rohde, Réjane Vérin and Danielle Miller all picked up two fouls each in the first part of the first half. The three would all sit the final 10 minutes of that opening half after scoring 15 of UNLV's first 17 points of the game. After the trio went to the bench, the rest of the team scored just 11 points the rest of the half, including only two in the final five minutes.
UNLV held a lead three times in the game, all in the first four minutes, at 2-0, 4-2, and at 6-5 on a jumper from Miller. A quick five points from Fresno State in a 24-second span put the Bulldogs up 10-6 and they never trailed again in the game. After FSU opened up a 22-14 edge with 11:10 to play, UNLV sandwiched a pair of three-point plays, a traditional one from Vérin and a three-pointer from Mia Bell, around two FS free thows to close within 24-20 at the 9:16 mark. The Bulldogs countered with a three-point play of their own. With the lead standing at nine points in the final three minutes, FS reeled off six straight to close out the half with a 43-28 edge, UNLV's largest halftime deficit of the year. UNLV turned the ball over 12 times in the first half, leading to a 17-4 edge for FSU on points off turnovers.
In the beginning of the second half, the Lady Rebels put together a 9-2 run, closing to within 11 points, 48-37 off a Mia Bell layup at the 14:50 mark. Just as quickly though the Bulldogs responded by scoring nine unanswered in a 92-second span. A pair of UNLV turnovers helped fuel that run, which was capped by a layup from Aley Sheedy at the 12:47 mark for a 57-37 edge. The lead would grow to as high as 25 for the Bulldogs, while the closest UNLV came the rest of the way was 16 points on the game's final basket.
Rohde recorded her second double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead UNLV. Also posting 15 points was Bell, while Miller added 13 and Vérin added seven points and seven rebounds. UNLV shot 39% (23-of-59) for the game, was 5-of-11 from three-point range for 45.5%, and made 12-of-15 at the line for 80%. UNLV did hold a 35-32 edge on the boards, but turned the ball over 25 times, leading to a 31-19 advantage for the visitors in points off turnovers.
Sheedy was the game's top scorer with 20 points for Fresno State. Bree Farley added 15 points, while Robin Draper posted 13 and Taylor Thompson 11. The Bulldogs shot 50.9% (29-of-57) for the game, were 8-of-21 from three-point range for 38.1%, and made 13-of-17 at the line for 76.5%.
The Lady Rebels return to action on Saturday, Jan. 4 with a 12 pm (PT) contest in Colorado Springs, Colo., against Air Force.