Dec. 3, 2017
@UNLVLadyRebels | UNLV Box Score
Almost everything went wrong for UNLV after the first quarter, as the Lady Rebels were handed an 80-53 setback Sunday afternoon to the Buffalo Bulls in the consolation game of the ASU Classic at Wells Fargo Arena. The loss drops UNLV to 4-3 on the season while the Bulls improved to 4-1.
UNLV held a 16-14 edge, but spent a significant part of the second quarter having to sit three starters that were in foul trouble. That allowed the Bulls to make a late second quarter run to grab a 36-27 halftime lead. The Lady Rebels then had those same three starters all suffer injuries during the game, and two of them - juniors Katie Powell (elbow to head) and Nikki Wheatley (hip) would not return to the game.
Buffalo extended its nine-point halftime lead to 56-35 after three quarters, and finished the game shooting 50% from the floor, while the Lady Rebels were held to a season-low 30%.
THE TURNING POINT: The Lady Rebels held a 27-23 advantage with 3:12 to play in the second quarter when Buffalo hit a three-pointer to close within one. UNLV then missed its next two shots and Autumn Jones took over for the Bulls. The reserve guard, who had five points on the year coming in, connected on four straight shots in the final two minutes of the first half, including back-to-back treys to help the Bulls end the quarter on a 13-0 run.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV's Powell and Wheatley came into the game ranked 1-2 in the Mountain West at over 10 rebounds a game each, but were held to a combined five on Sunday.
"I thought we turned the ball over too much today and our defense wasn't good enough either. We're fighters but things didn't go our way, Katie got hurt, Brooke's playing hurt, Nikki got hurt today and had to come out. We have to find some solutions and go back to the drawing board and find a way to play Lady Rebel basketball because we didn't today. We came out flat and got in early foul trouble. We looked out of wack, and you can't do that and expect to be able to come back and win from behind when you're on the road."
- UNLV head coach Kathy Olivier
LADY REBEL NOTES:
* This is the first three-game losing streak for UNLV since the end of the non-conference season and the start of conference play in 2016-17.
* Junior Jordyn Bell was the lone Lady Rebel in double-figures with a career-high 14 points.
* UNLV was held to just 2-of-16 shooting (12.5%) from the floor in the second quarter.
* All 10 active players scored for UNLV in the contest.
* Wheatley was named to the ASU Classic All-Tournament Team
NEXT FOR THE LADY REBELS: UNLV will be back on the road when it faces Gonzaga in Spokane, Washington, on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 pm.