Nov. 25, 2017
UNLV blew open a tight game after halftime thanks to a 21-4 run over a nine-minute span to record its fourth straight victory to being the season, 68-52 on Saturday afternoon in the first game of the Lady Rebel Round-Up from the Cox Pavilion. Despite a sub-par performance on the boards compared to its previous games, the Lady Rebels (4-0) used a strong overall defensive effort to record the victory after holding the Pride (2-3) to just 30.6% shooting for the game, and just eight total made field goals in the second half.
Hofstra stayed close throughout the first half, and led early 8-6 before UNLV scored eight of the first 10 points of the first quarter for a 14-10 edge. The Pride would lead once in the second quarter thanks to an 8-0 run to go up 24-22 with 3:23 on the clock. The Lady Rebels would end the quarter with nine of the final 12 points for a 31-27 halftime advantage.
THE TURNING POINT: Hofstra closed within 36-33 at the 7:23 mark of the third quarter after a jumper by Ashunae Durant. The Pride would go the next four minutes without a point, while UNLV ran off eight straight for a 44-33 edge thanks to back-to-back layups from Nikki Wheatley. UNLV ended the quarter with a 50-37 edge, and then scored the first seven points of the fourth for a 57-37 lead at the 8:23 mark.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Wheatley recorded her second straight double-double, and reached that mark by halftime with 10 points and 10 rebounds. She would finish the game with 15 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two steals.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV outscored Hofstra 44-14 in the paint.
"We got more comfortable in the second half. We let up in the first half and they kept coming at us. Hofstra is much better then their record, and they were pushing the ball up and down the court, this was east coast basketball. I felt we adjusted well to them after halftime though. We have some many options and we used different combinations in the second half, but I know we can play better basketball and I feel better things are still ahead for us."
- UNLV Head Coach Kathy Olivier.
* Katie Powell recorded her fourth double-double in as many games with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
* Paris Strawther paced UNLV with 16 points and added eight rebounds.
* Also in double-figures for UNLV was Brooke Johnson with 10.
* UNLV has started the year 4-0 for the third straight season.
NEXT FOR THE LADY REBELS: UNLV will play in the championship game of the Lady Rebel Round-Up on Sunday at 2:30 pm.
Fans can receive free admission to the Round-Up with the donation of two canned foods. Single game ticket prices for the Lady Rebels this season are $8 for adults, $5 if bought online at UNLVTickets.com, while kids 12 and under are free at all UNLV Lady Rebel home contests. UNLV will play in the championship game of the Lady Rebel Round-Up on Sunday at 2:30 pm.
Fans can receive free admission to the Round-Up with the donation of two canned foods. Single game ticket prices for the Lady Rebels this season are $8 for adults, $5 if bought online at UNLVTickets.com, while kids 12 and under are free at all UNLV Lady Rebel home contests.