March 6, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
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A short bench and poor free throw shooting was the difference for UNLV on Tuesday night, as the second-seeded Lady Rebels were upset by seventh-seed UNR 77-73 in the quarterfinals of the 2018 MW Women's Basketball Championships at the Thomas & Mack Center. The loss, the first by UNLV to the Wolf Pack in Las Vegas in 20 games, dropped its record to 19-11, while UNR improved to 15-15.
UNLV never trailed in regulation, and opened up a nine-point halftime advantage. It was six-point lead after three quarters, until the Lady Rebels opened up the fourth with six straight points for a 52-46 lead. UNR scored 10 of the next 14 points, to knot the game at 59-59, and again at 61-61 with 42 seconds left. Both teams missed their next shot sending the game to OT.
In the first overtime, UNR grabbed a 68-63 lead with 1:21 to play, but Brooke Johnson scored five straight to tie the game again at 68-68, leading to a second overtime.
THE TURNING POINT: After UNLV scored first in the second overtime, UNR had seven of the next eight points, while UNLV missed three of four at the line. That led to a 75-71 advantage. Johnson scored to cut the edge to two, and UNLV got the ball back with 21 seconds to play but Johnson's jumper in the paint was off, while UNR made two-of-two at the line to seal the win.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV was 10-of-19 at the free throw line for 52.6%, while UNR was 20-of-22 for 90.9%. The Lady Rebels were also outrebounded by a 41-34 margin.
LADY REBEL NOTES:
* Five player scored in double figures for UNLV - Johnson (19), Nikki Wheatley (18), Paris Strawther (14), Katie Powell (11), Jordyn Bell (10)
* UNLV;s bench was outscored 16-1 in the game.
* Due to the loss, UNR claims all three points for women's basketball in the Governor's Series, the all-sports competition between the two schools sponsored by Barrick Gold and NV Energy.
NEXT FOR THE LADY REBELS: UNLV will await a potential WNIT bid. If Boise State wins the MW Tournament, the Lady Rebels will receive the league's auto-bid, thanks to their status as league co-champions. If the Bronocs lose and claim the auto-bid for themselves, UNLV would have to be awarded an at-large spot.