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Lady Rebels Win Thriller At Gonzaga, 52-50 On Powell Putback

Dec. 9, 2017

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UNLV junior center Katie Powell grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on the putback with 24.6 seconds left to break a tie game and give the Lady Rebels a thrilling 52-50 victory at Gonzaga on Saturday afternoon at McCarthey Athletic Center, snapping the Zags' 10-game home win streak. In a game that featured 15 lead changes and nine ties, UNLV (5-3) held the Bulldogs (5-4) to 19 points under their season scoring average.

Despite the game going back and fourth all afternoon, the Lady Rebels turned it on when they needed to, leading by one after the first quarter, and ending the first half tied at 22-22. Down by three in the final minute of the third quarter, Brooke Johnson and Jordyn Bell hit back-to-back treys, with Bell's coming at the third quarter buzzer to put the Lady Rebels ahead 40-37. UNLV extended the lead to 45-37 off another Bell trey, and led 48-41 thanks to a three-point play from Johnson with 6:29 to play.

UNLV then ran into foul trouble which sat two Lady Rebel starters, and the Zags reeled off a 9-0 run to take a 50-48 lead off a reverse layup by Jill Townsend with 2:18 to play. Gonzaga would get the ball back twice with a chance to extend the lead, but UNLV forced two turnovers, included one from a steal by Bell in the final minute.

THE TURNING POINT: The Lady Rebels missed their first shot attempt in the final minute of the game, but came up with the offensive rebound. Bell then drove down the lane and converted a layup while drawing a foul with 26 seconds to go. She missed the free throw, but Powell was there for the putback and score. Gonzaga would miss two shots on the other end, with Bell rebounding the final attempt.

LADY REBEL OF THE GAME: Bell set a new career-high for the second straight game, finishing the afternoon with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including the game-tying basket. She also set a new career-high with three made three-pointers in the game, out of four attempts. She came into today with just one made three-pointer this season.

STAT OF THE GAME: The Lady Rebels' starting five scored all 52 of their points, and played 172 of 200 total minutes.

"Our team fought the entire 40 minutes, I thought it was a great win. We maintained our poise in the fourth when they made their run, and that's what these early games are for, to make sure we learn from them, and we didn't do that early in the year. This time we we learned from things, we maintained our poise and came out with the victory. I thought Jordyn did a tremendous job, she hit some big threes, she really stepped up on the defensive end, Katie was outstanding, she had 10 rebounds at the half, and just overall a great team performance today."
- UNLV head coach Kathy Olivier

* Nikki Wheatley and Johnson both finished in double-figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
* Powell nearly missed a double-double, with nine points and 13 rebounds. She also added three blocks.
* Gonzaga's 50 points is the second-lowest allowed by UNLV this season, and was the Zags' second-lowest total of the season.
* UNLV attempted a season-low seven free throws. Gonzaga was sent to the line 15 times, connecting on 11.
* UNLV shot 12-of-23 from the floor in the second half, including a 7-for-12 performance in the third quarter.

NEXT FOR THE LADY REBELS: UNLV breaks for exam week before returning to action on Saturday, Dec. 16 with a 2 pm contest at Stanford in Maples Pavilion.


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