Shot Down In Round-Up
Nov. 30, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Fordham shot 54% in the game, including 62% in the second half, on the way to a 72-63 win over UNLV in the first game of the Lady Rebel Round-Up on Saturday from the Cox Pavilion. The Lady Rebels dropped to 2-4 with the setback, and will face Charlotte in the consolation game on Sunday at 1 pm. Fordham (5-2) will meet Cincinnati in the championship game, which starts at 3:30 pm.
For the sixth time this season, the game came down to the final minute for UNLV, as it cut a 15-point deficit to seven twice in the final two minutes. Poor shooting hurt the Lady Rebels in their comeback attempt though, as UNLV finished the day connecting on 21o-of-58 for 36.2% from the floor.
"We got off to a slow start, and that's been hurting us in our losses," said UNLV head coach Kathy Olivier. "The games' we've lost, they've all been in the single digits. We've done a better job rebounding the ball recently, we need to improve on making the bunnies, the free throws, scoring off offensive boards, and scoring in transition. We didn't do that today and it hurt us."
Alana Cesarz paced UNLV with a season-high 18 points and she added eight rebounds, while Danielle Miller posted 15 points, and Rejane Verin posted 11 points off the bench. UNLV was 50% (5-of-10) from three-point range, and made 16-of-23 at the line for 69.6% The Lady Rebels also came up with 11 steals, but only finished with eight points off turnovers.
"I thought Alana and Dani did some good things defensively today," said Olivier. "Rmanii (Haynes) also came off the bench and gave us a good lift with her defense, coming up with five big steals."
Fordham's Erin Rooney and Hannah Missry tied for top scoring honors in the game with 20 each. Missry was 5-of-9 from three-point range for the Rams, while Rooney added seven rebounds. Abigail Corning also posted double-figures with 11. The Rams shot 26-of-48 for 54.2%, was 9-of-19 from behind the arc for 47.4%, and 11-of-18 at the line for 61.1%.
UNLV led three times in the game, the first at 2-0 on a Miller layup. Fordham then scored the next eight points, and led 11-5 on a Missry trey. Miller answered with a trey of her own, starting an 10-2 UNLV run over the next five minutes of the contest. Cesarz capped the run, putting UNLV ahead 15-13 at the 10:20 mark. Aftre Rooney tied the game, Verin hit one of two free throws for UNLV's last lead of the game at 16-15. An 11-0 Ram run followed, featuring a pair of three-pointers. Corning ended the run with a trey for a 27-16 Fordham lead at the five minute mark, and the Rams took a 31-23 edge into halftime.
In the second half, the Lady Rebels closed to within four twice in the first five minutes. The first on a pair of Aley Rohde free throws at the 16:37 mark, the second on a Cesarz jumper at the 15:47 mark to make the score 39-35. Fordham then put together a 10-2 run over a seven-minute stretch. Rooney's trey with 10:29 to play made the score 52-38, and the lead grew to as high as 15, 60-45, with 7:25 on the clock.
UNLV then slowly cut into the lead, first with five straight points to make it a 60-50 contest, and then was within 67-60 on a pair of Cesarz free throws with 1:43 to play. The Lady Rebels were held to just three more points over their final six possessions, allowing the Rams to pull out the nine-point win.