Lady Rebels Crush Spartans
Nov. 19, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV opened the game with a 12-0 run in the first three minutes and never looked back, as the Lady Rebels crushed San Jose State 78-41 on Saturday afternoon in women's college basketball at the Cox Pavilion. The Lady Rebels used runs of 15-0 and 26-3 to open up a 43-10 lead in the final minutes of the first half, and led by as much as 42 in the contest as they improved to 4-0 on the season. It's the first 4-0 start for UNLV since 2001-02.
The Lady Rebels, who just missed holding an opponent under 40 points for the third time this year, limited the Spartans (0-3) to 23.2% shooting from the floor, and outrebounded SJSU by a 60-48 margin. UNLV also posted 12 steals, and 10 blocks, which ties for the 10th most ever in a game.
Four players finished in double-figures for UNLV, led by Lenita Sanford's second straight double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Sanford also tied her career-high with four blocks. Sandrine Nzeukou was next with 12 points, while Kelli Thompson added 11 points and a career-high eight assists, and Jamie Smith posted 10 points, eight rebounds. UNLV shot 40.6% for the game (28-of-69), 5-of-25 for 20% from three-point range, and was 17-of-24 at the free throw line for 70.8%. UNLV also finished with a season-high 18 assists.
Four different players scored during UNLV's opening blitz, which saw the lead go to 12-0 at the 17:09 mark on a Jamie Smith layup. Sanford's layup at the 15:34 mark put UNLV up 15-0, before SJSU finally got on the board with a layup from Brittany Johnson. After a layup from Myesha Broaden closed the Spartans to within 17-7, Nzeukou answered with a score on the other end to start a run of 15 straight points, part of a 26-3 spurt over a 9:11 span. A jumper from Danielle Miller put UNLV up 43-10 with 1:32 on the clock, though SJSU scored the final five points of the half to make it 43-15 at halftime.
An 8-1 run early in the second half put UNLV up 55-20 on a jumper from Nzeukou, and the Lady Rebels led by at least 30 the rest of the way. A three-pointer from Thompson gave UNLV its largest lead of the game at 77-35 in the final minutes.
SJSU was paced by Johnson with 11 points, while Ta'Rea Cunnigan added eight points. The Spartans were just 1-of-14 from three-point range (7.1%), and also struggled at the line, making 8-of-22 for 36.4%.
UNLV continues its five-game homestand on Tuesday, Nov. 22, as part of a doubleheader with the UNLV men's team in the Thomas & Mack Center. The Lady Rebels will face UTSA with a 5 pm start.