Second Half Stumble
Jan. 13, 2007
LAS VEGAS - In a game that featured both strong defense and bad shooting performances from both teams, Utah jumped out in the second half with a 19-1 run and held off UNLV to claim a 49-37 victory on Saturday afternoon in Mountain West Conference women's basketball action from the Cox Pavilion.
Neither team shot good, as UNLV (8-8, 2-2 MWC) finished the game 10-of-51 for a season-low 19.6%, while Utah (11-6, 4-0 MWC) wasn't much better at 26.9% (14-of-52). That lead to the lowest scoring half of the season for both teams, as UNLV actually held an 18-11 advantage.
The Lady Rebels held the lead for all but 15 seconds of the opening 20 minutes. Morgan Warburton's free throw gave the Utes a 5-4 lead, but an 8-0 Lady Rebel run pushed UNLV up 12-5 with 10:32 to play in the half. Utah would not get into double digits until the final two minutes of the half on a basket from Jessica Perry. Brittany Halberg made four straight free throws however to push the UNLV lead to seven going into halftime.
Latosha Pace scored on an offensive rebound to open the second half and make the score 20-11. That was the last UNLV basket however for the next 11:43 of the game, as the Lady Rebels missed 10 straight shots from the floor. Utah meanwhile found its touch during that stretch, and back-to-back three-pointers capped a 19-1 run that made the score 30-21 with 13:28 to play. UNLV could come no closer then seven points the rest of the way.
Shamela Hampton was the lone Lady Rebel in double figures, as she finished with her fourth double-double of the year off 14 points and 10 rebounds. Brittany Halberg and Allison Holiday were next with six points each, while Faye Muller grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. UNLV leading scorer Sequoia Holmes was held to just two points on 1-of-10 shooting before fouling out. UNLV was also 0-for-7 from three-point range, and were outrebounded by six, 44-38.
Utah was paced by Warburton, who scored a game-high 20 points. Marie Warner was the next highest scorer with seven.
The Lady Rebels return to action on Saturday, Jan. 20, as they will take on BYU in Provo, Utah, at 1 pm (MST).