Rally Falls Short For Lady Rebels
Dec. 1, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - For the seventh time in seven games this year the game came down to the final minute for UNLV, as the Lady Rebels cut a 10-point deficit to just one with 27 seconds to play, before Charlotte made four straight at the line to pull out the 80-75 victory on Sunday afternoon. That loss for UNLV, coming in the consolation game of the Lady Rebel Shootout in the Cox Pavilion, dropped its record to 2-5 on the year, while the 49ers moved to .500 at 4-4.
Though Alana Cesarz paced the Lady Rebels with 17 points, the bench came up big on Sunday, scoring 35 points. That was helped mostly from the duo of Amanda Anderson, who scored a season-high 10 points, one off her career-high, and Briana Charles, who tied her career-high with a 16-point performance. Rejane Verin added nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds for UNLV.
UNLV's only lead of the game was on the first basket, from Rmanii Haynes. Charlotte then scored six straight for a 6-2 edge, and the game was tied three times over the next six minutes of the contest. The last time of the first half came at 15-15 thanks to a layup from Amie Callaway. A 10-2 run by the 49ers, capped by a tip-in from Kenya Olley, put the visitors ahead 25-17 with 5:56 to play in the half. The advantage was at nine, 31-22 with 3:12 to go before UNLV finished the half on a 7-2 spurt, to make the halftime score 33-29.
A Danielle Miller jumper cut the lead down to three, 37-34, at the 18:37 mark. A 10-1 run from the 49ers gave them their largest lead of the day at 12, 47-35 with 14:40 to play. The lead was still at double-digits, 64-54, with 6:25 to play in the game. UNLV then made its charge, with back-to-back three-point plays, a traditional one from Charles and a trey from Cesarz, to cut the edge to 64-60 with 5:42 to play. After the 49ers stretched the lead to 76-69 with 1:30 to play, UNLV scored six unanswered over the next 63 seconds Cesarz's basket at the 27 seconds mark made the score 76-75 with the edge to Charlotte. Lefty Webster then made a pair of free throws for the 49ers with 20 seconds left, and UNLV missed a tying three-point try on its next possession. UNLV was forced to foul, and Charlotte made two more at the line with five seconds to play for the five-point victory.
UNLV finished the game shooting 43.5% (27-of-62) from the floor, was 3-of-8 from three-point range for 37.5%, and made 18-of-22 at the line for a season-high 81.8%. UNLV was outrebounded by a 45-34 margin, leading to a 15-6 edge for Charlotte on second chance points.
Hillary Sigmon paced the 49ers with 22 points and six rebounds. Kira Gordon added 16 points, while Alexis Alexander added 14. Charlotte shot 44.6% for the game (29-of-65), including 55.9% in the second half, and was 19-of-26 at the charity stripe for 73.1%. They did struggle from behind the arc, making just 3-of-17 for 17.6%.
The Lady Rebels return to action with its second road game of the season, at San Francisco on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 pm.