Career-High From Gonzalez Leads To 63-55 Victory At SJSU|
Feb. 11, 2017
SAN JOSE, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) UNLV PDF Box Score at San Jose State
Junior guard Dakota Gonzalez scored a career-high 31 points, Alyssa Anderson hit three straight three-pointers during the game-clinching run and UNLV scored the final eight points of the afternoon to claim a 63-55 victory over San Jose State in Mountain West women's basketball action Saturday afternoon from The Event Center. The shorthanded Lady Rebels evened their season series with the Spartans and improved to 17-8 overall. UNLV is also now alone in fourth place in the Mountain West at 8-5 in league play. SJSU meanwhile dropped to 8-16, 5-7 in the MW..
UNLV was playing with a different starting lineup for the third straight game, as guard Brooke Johnson and forward Katie Powell both were sitting with injuries suffered over the past two weeks. That moved sophomore forward Jordyn Bell into her first career start, and she responded with one of her best games of the year with eight points and 10 rebounds. She was one of three Lady Rebels with 10 rebounds on the afternoon, as Anderson, making her third start of the season, also turned in a huge game with her first-ever double-double off 13 points and a career-best 10 rebounds.
The third Lady Rebel to grab 10 rebounds was Dakota Gonzalez, to go along with her outstanding offensive performance in which she knocked down 12-of-23 from the field. She also hit four straight free throws at the line to break a 55-55 tie in the final 33 seconds. She also became the first Lady Rebel to score over 30 points since Alana Cesarz had 32, also against San Jose State, on March 6, 2015 in Las Vegas.
In addition to the heroics from Gonzalez and Anderson, the other key to the win was UNLV's dominance on the boards. The Lady Rebels held a 47-24 rebounding advantage, which led to a 17-9 edge on second chance points. UNLV held the Spartans to just 33.3% shooting (18-of-54) from the floor, and 5-of-17 from three-point range (29.4%) as SJSU was limited to its lowest points in league play this season.
UNLV jumped out to a big lead in the first half, as Gonzalez scored nine of the team's first 12 points on the way to a 12-6 edge. Dylan Gonzalez added a three-pointer for a 17-6 edge, and UNLV would go into the second quarter up 19-10. The lead eventually went as high as 15 for UNLV, 30-15, thanks to five straight points from Dakota Gonzalez.
Foul trouble then started to impact the Lady Rebels, as Gonzalez picked up her third and while three more Lady Rebels all were whistled for their second in the quarter. With several of the starters sitting the rest of the first half on the bench, SJSU took advantage by scoring the final nine points to close within 30-24 going into halftime.
The momentum was still with the Spartans to begin the second half, as a 12-4 run to open the half put them up 38-34 at the 4:22 mark. UNLV fought back, tying the game twice in the last minute before a pair of Spartans free throws in the final eight seconds gave the home team a 42-40 edge after three quarters.
The final quarter was back and forth for the first five minutes, with three lead changes and three ties. The game turned with six minutes left though, as with the Lady Rebels trailing by three, Anderson knocked down her first trey from the right corner at 6:01 on the clock to tie the game at 47-47. After SJSU scored to go ahead by two, Anderson hit from the other corner for a 50-49 UNLV lead at the 5:16 mark. She added her third three-pointer at the 2:56 mark, to give UNLV a 55-50 advantage.
Dezz Ramos kept the Spartans alive, knocking down a pair at the line with 1:31 to play, and then hitting a trey with 50 seconds left to tie the game at 55-55. Gonzalez then drove the lane and drew a foul with 33 seconds left. She drained both to put UNLV up by two, and then rebounded a miss on the other end and was fouled. She again made both free throws for a four-point edge, and UNLV would finish the final 33 seconds going eight-of-10 at the line while SJSU missed four straight shots.
The Lady Rebels will now have their second bye of the conference schedule before returning to action on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 4 pm against San Diego State in the Cox Pavilion. It will be the Play4Kay breast cancer awareness pink game for UNLV, and all fans wearing pink to the game will receive $2 admission, while kids 12 and under are free at UNLV women's basketball games.