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Rally Falls Just Short Against Wyoming

Kelli Thompson scored 12 of her 16 points against Wyoming in the second half.

Kelli Thompson scored 12 of her 16 points against Wyoming in the second half.

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.



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