Hot Shooting ODU Sinks Lady Rebels
Dec. 19, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Old Dominion shot over 50% in both halves and knocked down a season-high 12 three-pointers in an 85-67 win over the UNLV women's basketball team on Wednesday night in the first round of the World Vision Classic at the Cox Pavilion. UNLV (3-7) will now play Alabama A&M in the second round on Thursday at 12:30 pm, while ODU (7-1) will face Texas A&M at 5:30 pm. The 3 pm game will feature Notre Dame and Kansas State.
ODU took control of the game with a early 10-0 run, turning a one-point deficit into a 16-7 edge on a Tiffany Minor layup at the 13:18 mark. The lead grew to as high as 14 in the first half, 30-16, on a trey by Stephanie Gardner with 7:11 left in the first half. UNLV then rallied, scoring nine unanswered to close with 30-25. Alana Cesarz started the run with a pair of free throws, and Danielle Miller nailed a pair at the line with 5:19 on the clock to make it a five-point contest. The Lady Monarchs answered with a 9-2 spurt to close out the half for a 39-27 halftime advantage.
A pair of Jackie Cook three-pointers in the first two minutes of the second stanza pushed ODU to an 18-point lead, 47-29. UNLV would not go away quietly though, cutting the lead down to 11 twice, 52-41 on a Cesarz layup, and 57-46 on a Kelli Thompson trey. After ODU went back ahead by 16, UNLV made another charge, this time a 9-2 run. Back-to-back baskets from Réjane Vérin would bring the Lady Rebs within single digits, 67-58. After Amanda Anderson buried a jumper to again make the deficit nine points at 71-62, ODU took control and closed out the game scoring 14 of the final 19 points.
Cesarz and Thompson paced UNLV with 18 points each, while Cesarz added 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Miller poured in 10 points as well. UNLV shot 38.6% (22-of-57) from the floor, was 4-of-12 from three-point range (33.3%), and 19-of-28 at the line for 67.9%. UNLV did win the rebound battle 39-33, but turned the ball over 24 times.
ODU was led by Cook's 23 points. Shae Kelley and Stephanie Gardner added 14 each. The Lady Monarchs finished the night shooting 53.1% (34-of-64) from the floor and 12-of-21 from downtown for 57.1%.