Win Streak Snapped At Fresno
Jan. 25, 2014
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV was held to 33 percent shooting, including 28 percent in the first half, in a 70-52 road loss at Fresno State on Saturday afternoon in Mountain West women's basketball action at the Save Mart Center. The Lady Rebels' five-game win streak was snapped, dropping them into a tie for third place in the league at 5-2 (8-11 overall). The Bulldogs meanwhile improved to 12-7 on the year, and are second in the MW at 6-2.
"Fresno State took their intensity to another level today, they played really fast, and we looked like we were on our heels a little today, and we can't have that if we want to come out and get a win on the road," said UNLV head coach Kathy Olivier. "One of our keys today was to make our bunnies and we missed some good opportunities early. I liked that we gave all we had and kept fighting the whole game. We allowed too many transition points today, and know its back to the drawing board to try and come up with another winning streak."
UNLV led once, 2-0 on a jumper from Danielle Miller. Fresno State answered with a trey to go ahead 3-2 to start a 9-0 run and never trailed again. UNLV did close within two, 9-7 on a three-pointer from Mia Bell at the 15:16 mark of the first half. The Bulldogs then reeled off eight unanswered to go ahead 17-7, and were ahead 21-9 on a jumper by Emilie Volk with 12:04 to play. Then came a key stretch in the game, as UNLV held the Bulldogs scoreless for the next 4:36 of the contest. However, the Lady Rebels were unable to cut into the lead, only scoring two points themselves during the stretch against the FS zone, which was a pair of free throws from Miller.
Bree Farley hit a trey to break the drought for the Bulldogs, and that started a 20-5 run over the next five minutes, for a 41-16 edge. The deficit would be 41-18 going into the half for UNLV, its largest of the season. The lead grew as high as 33 for Fresno State, 57-24, midway through the second half. UNLV was trailing by a 68-36 margin before scoring 16 of the game's final 18 points to end the game.
UNLV's 52 points was its lowest in MW play this year. Miller posted 12 points to pace the Lady Rebels, while Bell also finished in double-figures with 10, and Aley Rohde added eight points and nine rebounds. The Lady Rebels finished 18-of-54 from the floor, 4-of-12 from three-point range for 33.3%, and 12-of-16 at the line for 75%. UNLV was out rebounded by a 47-34 margin, and came up with 10 steals and six blocks.
Farley led the Bulldogs with 16 points. Robin Draper added 14, which included a 4-of-8 performance from behind the arc, and Taylor Thompson posted 12. Fresno State shot 39.4% (26-of-66) for the game, was 10-of-26 from three-point land for 38.5%, and 8-of-11 at the line (72.7%).
UNLV returns home for its next game, on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 pm against San Jose State.