Miller For Three!
Nov. 23, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - For the second time this year UNLV closed out the game on a big run, capped by a game-winning three-pointer from Danielle Miller with 32 seconds left for a 76-74 victory over Bakersfield in women's college basketball action on Saturday afternoon from the Thomas & Mack Center. The Lady Rebels trailed by 71-67 with 3:01 to play, but scored nine of the game's last 12 points to improve to 2-2 on the year. The Roadrunners meanwhile dropped to 1-3 this season.
"I thought we played into their type of game, they attacked the basket very well today," said UNLV head coach Kathy Olivier. "Second half we did a better job on the defensive boards, and got a few key stops. They were athletic and we were caught on our back heels a little bit, but if we make our free throws maybe the game isn't as close at the end.
"We were happy though with how Amie (Callaway) played tonight. Our goal was to get inside, and our post players wanted the ball, they really stepped up today. For us to win a close game, that's something we needed to do, our last two games could have gone either way so I'm happy we pulled this one out today."
UNLV's three post players combined for 46 points and 26 rebounds in the contest, led by Callaway's career-high 20 points and a career-high tying nine rebounds. Réjane Vérin posted her first double-double of the year with 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Alana Cesarz added 10.
It looked like it would be a high scoring game as the Lady Rebels held 24-18 lead less then eight minutes into the contest. UNLV then went cold from the floor, missing four of its next five shots while turning the ball over twice. That allowed the Roadrunners to put together a 13-3 run over a 5:43 span. CSUB took its largest lead of the half of four points at 31-27 in a jumper by Dajy Vines with 6:41 to play, and then again at 37-33 on a free throw from Shaquita Smith with 1:49 on the clock. UNLV closed out the half though with four straight points, and Briana Charles jumper with 24 seconds left tied the score at 37-37 going into the break.
The opening five minutes of the second half saw the lead switch back and four times, until four straight points from Callaway gave UNLV a 52-47 edge at the 13:46 mark. UNLV's largest lead of the game came at 57-51 on a layup by Jahiah Cook, and the Lady Rebels still lead by five, 59-54 at the 11:45 mark. CSUB would make two runs over the final 12 minutes, the first, a 6-0 spurt, put the Roadrunners ahead 60-59 with 8:46 to play on a Tyonna Outland layup. UNLV took the lead back, and was up 67-64 on a pair of Callaway free throws. Melissa Sweat started the second run for CSUB, hitting a jumper that was the first seven straight points for the visitors. Vines capped the run with a trey at the 3:01 mark, putting the Roadrunners up 71-67.
UNLV was then sent to the line twice over the next minute, but went 1-for-2 both times to still trail by two. Following a free throw from Outland, Cesarz drained two free throws, and after a CSUB turnover, Cesarz knocked down a jumper from the baseline to put UNLV ahead 73-72 with 1:04 to play. A jumper from Sweat put the Roadrunners back ahead by one, 74-73 at the :57 mark. On the other end UNLV found Miller alone in the right corner, and she made her only field goal of the night with the go-ahead three-pointer to make the score 76-74. Bakersfield then missed shots on two separate possessions to end the game.
UNLV finished the game shooting 48.2% (27-of-56) from the floor, 3-of-10 from three-point land for 30%, and was a season-low 63.3% (19-of-30) at the line. UNLV held a 38-36 edge on the boards, and came up with seven steals and six blocks.
Vines led Bakersfield with 20 points, while Outland added 15 and smith and Sweat both notched 12 each. The Roadrunners shot 42.3% for the game, was 6-of-12 from behind the arc for 50%, and made 9-of-12 at the line for 75%.
The Lady Rebels return to action with a second straight game in the Thomas & Mack Center, against Utah on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 4:45 pm. That is part of a doubleheader with the men's team, as the Runnin' Rebels face Illinois at 7:45 pm that night.