Road Woes For Lady Rebels
Dec. 14, 2013
LOS ANGELES (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV could not overcome Loyola Marymount's advantage on the offensive boards on Saturday afternoon, and fell to the Lions by a 71-67 score on Saturday afternoon from Gersten Pavilion.
LMU (3-7) finished the game with 23 offensive rebounds, and held a 19-9 edge on second chance points. Points off turnovers also hurt the Lady Rebels (2-7), as UNLV was forced into 17 for the game, leading to 22 points for the Lions, while the Lady Rebels only scored 10 points off nine LMU turnovers. That helped offset UNLV's shooting performance, with the Lady Rebels knocking down 41.1% (23-of-56) from the field. LMU made just 33.8%, yet attempted 21 more shots thanks to its extra possessions.
Alana Cesarz paced the Lady Rebels with 20 points and eight rebounds. Danielle Miller was next with 15 points, while Amanda Anderson scored a career-high 13 off the bench. Aley Rohde added 10 rebounds, also off the bench.
UNLV led twice in the game, at 4-2 and again at 7-5 on a Cesarz trey at the 17:16 mark. LMU then used a 15-1 run over a 4:12 mark to take its largest advantage of the first game, 20-8 with 12:22 to go in the first half. The lead was at 31-23 for the Lions in the final two minutes, and then the Lady Rebels reeled off the last five points of the half, all from the free throw line, to go into halftime down 31-28.
The Lady Rebels kept the deficit between three-seven points for the first nine minutes of the second stanza, but could never come any closer. The final time the edge was at three was 43-40 following a pair of Rmanii Haynes free throws, coming at the 12:14 mark. LMU countered with two free throws and a three-pointer to go up 48-40. UNLV came no closer then six points until the final 30 seconds, and trailed by as much as 11, 63-52 at the 3:24 mark. The Lions held off any potential UNLV rally by making five-of-eight at the free throw line. The Lady Rebs' final shot that cut the edge to four points came with just .02 seconds on the clock.
UNLV was 6-of-18 from three-point land for the day for 33.3%, and was 15-of-21 at the line for 71.4%. Though LMU was held to under 34% shooting, the Lions did make nine treys (out of 29 attempts), and were also 71.4% at the line, connecting on 10-of-14 attempts. LMU was paced by Deanna Johnson's 23 points, with Hazel Ramierez adding 14, Sophie Taylor 12 and Lopez-Wood 11.
The Lady Rebels will next be in action on Thursday, Dec. 19, on the first day of the Duel In The Desert, a three-day event hosted by UNLV. Their first game will be against Clemson, starting at 5 pm in the Cox Pavilion.