Rally Falls Just Short Against Wyoming
Feb. 23, 2013
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UNLV rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to tie the game in the final minute, but Wyoming's Chaundra Sewell converted the game-winning layup with 43 seconds left to give the Cowgirls a 64-60 victory on Saturday afternoon in Mountain West women's basketball action from the Cox Pavilion. The loss dropped UNLV to 10-17 overall, 6-7 in league play, while Wyoming moved to 20-6 overall, 9-4 in the MW.
Wyoming looked to have taken control with a 15-4 run over the final minutes of the first half and first five of the second half, going up 44-29 with 14:41 to play on a three-pointer from Kaitlyn Mileto. The lead was at 15 twice more, 46-31 and 48-33 with 11:40 on the clock on a Kayla Woodward jumper. UNLV then reeled off 13 unanswered points. Four Lady Rebels scored during that run, which was started by a Kelli Thompson trey. Back-to-back jumpers from Thompson capped the run, bringing UNLV within 48-46 with 8:04 on the clock.
The lead slowed stretch back to eight points for the Cowgirls, thanks to a layup from Ashley Sickles at the 4:27 mark. UNLV would not allow another point until the final minute though, and scored the game's next eight points, starting with a jumper from Amie Callaway at 2:36. Thompson added a free throw and a layup on the next two possessions, and then Danielle Miller was fouled with 1:10 to play and UNLV trailing 60-57. She missed both shots, but freshman forward Réjane Vérin grabbed the offensive rebound and scored while drawing a foul. She completed the three-point play to tie the game at 60-60 with 1:08 on the clock.
With the shot clock winding down on Wyoming on the next possession, Sewell drove into the paint and slipped through a pair of defenders before getting off a layup to put the Cowgirls up 62-60. Verin was then called for a charge on the other end, but UNLV would get another chance after Mileto missed the front end of a one-and-one. However, Thompson's three-point attempt with seven seconds left was just off, and Wyoming drained two free throws with three seconds left for the 64-60 win.
Wyoming started with a 5-0 lead before UNLV answered with a 9-3 run, going ahead 9-8 on two Thompson free throws. The lead switched hands twice more, and was tied twice, before Amanda Anderson drained a trey to give UNLV its largest lead of the game at 19-15 at the 7:04 mark. A 9-0 run, which included a pair of Woodward treys, gave Wyoming a 24-19 lead. The score was 29-25 off another Anderson jumper before Wyoming scored the last five points of the half to lead 34-25 going into the break.
Vérin posted a career-best game for the Lady Rebels, finishing the afternoon 9-of-15 from the floor for a season-high 19 points. She also added seven rebounds. Thompson was next with 16 pints, while Callaway added eight points and seven rebounds. UNLV shot 37.5% (24-of-64) for the game, was 3-of-18 for 16.7% from downtown, and 9-of-12 at the line for 75%. UNLV did hold a 41-34 edge on the boards, leading to a 15-4 advantage on second chance points.
Mileto led the Cowgirls with 19 points. Woodward added 15 and Sickles posted 12. Wyoming shot 45.5% (25-of-55) from the floor, 9-of-21 from behind the arc for 42.9%, and 5-of-9 (55.6%) at the free throw line.
The Lady Rebels have a bye before their next contest, a Senior Day game against Nevada, Reno on Saturday, March 2 at 3 pm in the Cox Pavilion. All tickets are just $2 for the second game in the Governor's Series, a season-long competition between the athletic teams of UNLV and Nevada, Reno.