Henry Powers Lady Rebels Past Cowgirls 67-47|
Jan. 24, 2004
LAS VEGAS - The power game returned to UNLV, as junior forward RanDee Henry tied her career-high with 33 points and forward Sherry McCracklin added 11 to lead the Lady Rebels to a 67-47 win over Wyoming in Mountain West Conference women's basketball action on Saturday night from the Cox Pavilion. The Lady Rebels won their ninth straight to improve to 14-2 overall, and are off to their best-ever start in the MWC at 3-0. UNLV is also now 11-0 at home this season, and set a new Cox Pavilion attendance record with 1,441. Wyoming fell to 6-11, and 2-2 in the conference.
The game featured the top two scorers in the Mountain West in Henry and Wyoming's Ashley Elliott. Henry, who entered the game with a MWC-high 18.5 ppg, finished 13-of-22 from the floor and 3-of-6 at the line, while also adding 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the year. Elliott hit two treys in the first 10 minutes of the game, but scored just two more points the rest of the way, and finished with eight points on 2-of-13 shooting.
Wyoming's slow down style on offense kept the score low in the first half, with UNLV holding a 26-23 advantage, but the Lady Rebels exploded in the second half. A 10-2 spurt over the first four minutes opened up an 11-point advantage, 36-25 with 16:08 left, and UNLV would lead by at least seven the rest of the game. The Lady Rebels put the game away with an 11-0 run, capped by two Candace Sneed free throws, before Tarah Lapar knocked in a trey for Wyoming to account for the final score of 67-47. UNLV outscored Wyoming 41-24 in the second half.
The Cowgirls led for the majority of the first half, thanks to seven UNLV turnovers. A jumper by Sara Hippen at 11:11 gave Wyoming their largest lead of the game at 16-9, but Henry scored seven unanswered to tie the game at 16-16. Padra Strong's jumper gave UNLV a 20-19 edge at 5:34, and following a Michelle Lieber layup, Henry outscored the Cowgirls 6-2 to end the half, giving the Lady Rebels a 26-23 advantage entering halftime.
UNLV shot 45 percent (27-60) for the game, and were 10-of-17 at the line, though they did not attempt a free throw in the first half, the first time all season they did not attempt a free throw in a half. The Lady Rebels dominated the boards 41-21, including a 21-5 edge on the offensive side. They also turned the ball over just 11 times, while forcing 17 by Wyoming, including six because of shot clock violations.
The Cowgirls were paced by Brenda Pickup and Lieber, both with 12 points, while Pickup added a game-high eight assists. Wyoming shot 40 percent for the game (16-40), and were 9-of-11 at the line (81.8 percent).
The Lady Rebels will now take to the road, as they take on Air Force on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 pm in Colorado Springs, Colo., before meeting New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 7 pm.