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Jan. 7, 2003

Box Score

LAS VEGAS - Senior All-America candidate Constance Jinks (Chicago, Ill.) scored a game-high 18 points to guide the UNLV women's basketball team to a 61-51 victory over Loyola Marymount Tuesday night at Cox Pavilion.

The Lady Rebels remain an undefeated 5-0 all-time versus the Lions (8-5). In the first half, LMU shot a dismal 19 percent from the field as UNLV gunned out to a 21-8 run in the first seven and a half minutes of play on 11 points scored off turnovers.

With a 31-19 lead at halftime, the Lady Rebels continued their scoring prowess in the second half going 10-of-23 (44 percent) from the field. A jumper made by senior Talisha Mitchell (Stockton, Calif.) off the dish from teammate Julia Gray (Riverside, Calif.) extended UNLV's lead for good at 4:14 left in regulation.

Gray led the defensive charge for the Lady Rebels with four of the team's 16 steals of the game. She ended the night with nine points, while sophomore Sherry McCracklin (Hazel Crest, Ill.) added 11.

The Lions inched closer to UNLV in the second half, mainly behind the play of senior reserve Claudine Auld, who scored 11 of her 17 points of the night from the free throw line. With 9:44 remaining, a fastbreak layup by LMU's Mary Turner cut the lead down to six (44-38), but UNLV quickly retaliated back with five consecutive points made off steals.

Up next, UNLV (8-4) hosts its final non-conference opponent of the season with Cal State Fullerton in town on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. in the Cox Pavilion.



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