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Lady Rebels Fall At Home

Erica Helms finished with nine points in the loss on Saturday.

Erica Helms finished with nine points in the loss on Saturday.

Feb. 5, 2011

Box Score

LAS VEGAS ( - BYU opened the game on a 20-3 run on the way to a 79-44 victory over UNLV on Saturday afternoon in Mountain West Conference women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Cox Pavilion. With the loss, the Lady Rebels fell to 9-14, 2-7 in the MWC, while BYU remained in first-place at 16-7, 8-1 in the conference.

UNLV scored the game's first points on a Sandrine Nzeukou basket at the 19:18 mark. The Lady Rebels would then go almost seven full minutes before their next points, missing on 10 straight shots. BYU meanwhile took advantage of the scoring drought to build up a 20-3 edge on Mindy Bonham's layup with 10:28 to go in the half. That also gave Bonham 11 points in the opening part of the game. Following a layup from Markiell Styles, the Cougars reeled off a 14-3 spurt, taking a 34-8 lead with 6:09 left in the opening stanza.

The Lady Rebels made a run at the end of the half, 16-4 over a 3:15 span. Erica Helms hit two treys during that stretch, while a layup from Styles brought UNLV within 38-23 at 1:29 to go. BYU would take a 40-24 lead into halftime. UNLV closed within 15 points twice in the second half, at 42-27 and 44-29, the last on a Styles' layup at the 17:06 mark of the second half.

The Cougars then took control with a 17-2 run over the next seven minutes. Bonham scored six points during the run, and capped it with a jumper at the 10:21 mark for a 61-31 edge. BYU led by as much as 37, before claiming the 35-point victory.

UNLV was held to a season-low 21.8% (12-of-55) from the floor, and was 3-of-13 from three-point range. The Lady Rebels came into the game as the league's top free throw shooting squad, but struggled all day at the line, making just 17-of-36 for 47.2%. The Lady Rebels did hold a 48-42 rebounding advantage, but turned the ball over 23 times, leading to a 28-10 edge on points off turnovers.



Styles led the Lady Rebels with her second career double-double, 13 points and 13 rebounds. Helms was next with nine points.

The Cougars shot 50% for the afternoon (31-of-62), were 9-of-19 from behind the arc for 47.4%, and made 8-of-19 at the line for 42.1%. Bonham finished with a game-high 21 points, while Coriann Fraughton and Kim Parker both added 10 each.

UNLV will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 9, when it hosts TCU at 7 pm in the Cox Pavilion.

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