Lady Rebels Reach Century Mark In Rout Of Concordia|
Nov. 11, 2016
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV Box Score
UNLV dominated from the opening tip, scoring nine unanswered in the first 84 seconds on the way to a 30-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and an eventual 102-46 victory over Concordia (Calif.) in the season opener for both teams in women's college basketball action Friday afternoon from the Thomas & Mack Center. The Lady Rebels, who have now won 10 straight season-openers, reached the century mark for the first time since a 108-81 win over Long Beach State on March 9, 1994. It was also the largest win margin for UNLV since a 58-point win over Sacramento State on Nov. 23, 2001, while the last time the Lady Rebels doubled their opponent's score was a 93-46 win over Columbia on Dec. 29, 2010.
"It was fun today," said UNLV head coach Kathy Olivier. "we played good basketball, we made good decisions. The first group did a good job of moving the ball, then the second group did an unbelievable job as well. It was a great team effort out there today, and we look for more of the same on Tuesday against Houston."
Two other notable stats from the game included 23 steals, the most in 23 years and fifth-highest all-time, 61 rebounds, tied for ninth all-time and the most by a Lady Rebel team in 24 years.
UNLV was just two points away from placing all five starters in double-figures, while all 13 players on the roster finished in the scoring column. Leading the way was Dakota Gonzlez with 17 points on six-of-seven shooting, while sophomore Paris Strawther had a career-game, with new all-time marks in points (16) and rebounds (10) for her first career double-double. Nikki Wheatley added 12 points, six assists and four steals while Dylan Gonzalez posted 11 points and four steals. Brooke Johnson, the fifth started, notched eight points, four assists and five steals in just 18 minutes of action as the Lady Rebels spread the minutes around.
UNLV actually began the game with five straight made field goals, going up 11-0 on Dakota Gonzalez's layup two minutes into the game. That followed a trey from Gonzalez, while Strawther and Johnson scored the first six points of the game. Wheatley went one-of-two at the line for a 12-0 lead before a pair of free throws put Concordia in the scoring column. Following that, the Lady Rebels scored the final 18 points of the quarter for a 30-2 edge, and added the first basket of the second quarter for a 32-2 margin. The Eagles came no closer then 27 the rest of the game.
The Lady Rebels shot a blistering 68.4% (13-of-19) in the first half, and finished hitting 39-of-78 from the floor for 50%. They were 6-of-12 from three-point range and 18-of-31 form the line for 58.1%. UNLV held a 61-33 edge on the boards, and forced 35 turnovers.
Concordia was paced by Ugochi Anudokem with 11 points and eight rebounds. The Eagles shot 22.4% (11-of-49) for the game after behind held to 0-of-10 in the first quarter. They were 4-of-22 from three-point range for 18.2%.
The Lady Rebels are back in action on Tuesday at 6 pm against Houston in the Cox Pavilion, and the first 100 fans will receive free popcorn bought by Coach Olivier. Tickets are just $8, $5 if bought online at UNLVTickets.com, while kids 12 and under are free to UNLV Lady Rebel games.