Lady Rebels Fall To Fresno State's 3-Point Barrage
March 9, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV saw its two-game win streak snapped in its regular season finale, as Fresno State hit a season-high 15 three-pointers on its Senior Day to claim a 90-64 victory on Saturday afternoon in Mountain West women's basketball action at the Save Mart Center. The Lady Rebels end the regular season at 12-18 overall, and tied for fourth in the Mountain West at 8-8. Fresno State moved to 21-8 with the win, 13-3 in league play.
UNLV will be the fourth-seed in next week's 2013 Reese's Mountain West Championships in Las Vegas. For the second straight year the Lady Rebels will face New Mexico in the quarterfinal round, as they will take on the 5th-seeded Lobos on Thursday, March 14 at 2:35 pm in the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV has swept the season series with New Mexico the last two seasons, but were upset by the Lobos in the 2013 quarterfinals 61-58.
The margin was just five points with nine minutes to go in the first half following a trey from UNLV's Amanda Anderson. The Lady Rebels were held to just one field goal the rest of the half however, and a Fresno State took advantage of that dry spell to go on a 24-4 run over the final nine minutes of the half and the first two minutes of the second half. A layup from Ki-Ki Moore gave Fresno State a 55-30 edge with 18:14 on the clock. Leading scorer Kelli Thompson was then hurt on the offensive side of the court for UNLV, and was forced to leave the game for several minutes. The Lady Rebels attempted to rally for their senior captain, scoring seven straight to cut the edge on 55-37 on a Danielle Miller layup. The lead stayed under 20 for the majority of the next seven minutes. Following a trey from Danielle Miller to make the score 76-54, the Bulldogs' Rosie Moult hit back-to-back treys. That started a 12-4 run that gave the hosts their largest lead of the game at 88-58 with four minutes to play.
UNLV led only once in the game, 2-0 on a basket from Amie Callaway. Réjane Vérin did everything she could to keep the Lady Rebels close at the start, with 12 points in the first six minutes. After Fresno State took an 8-2 lead, thanks to its first two treys of the game, UNLV came back to cut the edge to 11-10 on a Thompson layup. A 10-4 Fresno State run was answered by a combined six points from Vérin and Callaway, who closed UNLV to within 24-21 with 10:27 on the clock. The lead was at five three times more, the last on Anderson's trey before Fresno State closed out the half with its big run.
Vérin paced the Lady Rebels with 18 points and 14 rebounds on the afternoon. Also finishing in double-figures was Miller with 12 and Thompson with 11, while Callaway and Rmanii Haynes both posted eight each. UNLV shot 40% (24-of-60) for the game, was 5-of-13 from three-point range (38.5%), and 11-of-12 at the line for 91.7%. The Lady Rebels held a 39-29 edge on the boards, but turned the ball over 18 times, leading to a 21-13 edge on points off turnovers for Fresno State.
Moore and Moult combined for 37 points on their Senior Day, with Moore posted a 19 points, 10 assist and seven rebound performance. Moult scored 18 points, all from behind the arc on 6-of-10 shooting. All five Bulldog starters finished in double-figures, and all five made at least one trey as well, with Taylor Thompson turning in a 4-of-6 game from three-point range to go along with 10 assists and 14 points. Fresno State shot 55.4% (36-of-65) from the floor, made 15-of-35 from three-point range for 42.9%, and was 3-of-8 at the line for 37.5%.