Lady Rebels Fall At Home|
Feb. 5, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - 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.