Lady Rebels Drop Tight Contest To BYU
Nov. 12, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
UNLV and BYU battled back and forth for the first 32 minutes of the contest, until a late 7-0 run put the Cougars ahead for good in a 71-64 win on Tuesday afternoon by BYU over the Lady Rebels in women's college basketball action from the Thomas & Mack Center. The setback dropped UNLV to 1-1 on the season, while the Cougars improved to 2-0.
"BYU is a good team, a Top-25 caliber team," said UNLV head coach Kathy Olivier. "Our strength is getting to the free throw line and BYU got to the line tonight, making 23 while we only made 10. That's a big difference when you lose by seven. We need to work on doing a better job on the offensive end, getting into a flow, and attacking the basket so we can get to the line."
BYU actually held double-digit leads of 11 points in the first 10 minutes, and by 12 with 1:05 to play in the first half. UNLV got itself back into the game with a big run, scoring six of the final seven points of the first half to go into halftime down 33-26. Then following a layup from BYU's Jennifer Hamson coming out of halftime, the Lady Rebels reeled off 10 straight points. Mia Bell capped the run with back-to-back treys, making it an overall 16-3 run over a 4:45 span, that would give UNLV a 36-35 edge at the 15:44 mark.
It was a tight contest for the next 10 minutes, with the lead changing hands three times and there were three ties during that stretch as well. UNLV's largest lead of the second half was three, 40-37 off a Danielle Miller jumper but BYU quickly tied the game on a three-pointer from Kim Beeston. The Cougars then twice took three-point leads, and UNLV responded with a trey from Bell to tie the game at 47-47, and another from Alana Cesarz to knot the score at 52-52 at the 8:07 mark.
BYU then scored on three of its next four possessions, and went up 59-52 with 4:47 to play. Cesarz converted two straight layups to make the edge just three points at 59-56, but the Cougars answered back with two straight baskets to go back up by seven. UNLV came no closer then five the rest of the way, while BYU made eight of ten at the line to close out the contest.
Bell started the game for UNLV with two treys in the first three minutes, the second making the score 8-8. The Lady Rebels then went cold, missing their next six shots from the floor while BYU opened up a 19-8 advantage. After UNLV closed within 21-15 on an Amanda Anderson free throw, BYU answered with an 11-5 run, taking its largest lead of the game at the 1:05 mark, 32-20 on a Beeston free throw.
Bell led all scorers with 23 points, which included a career-high five made three-pointers (off seven attempts). Also in double figures for UNLV was Cesarz with 13 and Miller with 12. Aley Rohde and Réjane Vérin paced the Lady Rebels in rebounds with seven each. As a team, UNLV shot 42.1% (24-of-57) from the floor, 6-of-14 from three-point land for 42.9%, and was 10-of-14 at the line for 71.4%. UNLV was outrebounded by a 35-33 margin, and only turned the ball over twice more then the Cougars, but were outscored 24-10 on points off turnovers.
Five BYU players finished in double figures, with Hamson and Xojian Harry both posting 13 each. Morgan Bailey, Beeston and Stephanie Rovetti all added 10 points apiece. BYU shot 41.5% for the game (22-of-53), was 31.6% (6-of-19) from behind the arc, and made 21-of-29 attempts at the free throw line (72.4%).
UNLV will play its first road game of the season on Sunday, Nov. 17, at Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., with a 2 pm (PT) start.
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