Dec. 22, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
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UNLV could not overcome its lowest scoring opening quarter of the season, and would fall to RV/No. 22 Syracuse 69-55 Friday afternoon in the Cox Pavilion despite outplaying the Orange (12-1) for the majority of the final 30 minutes. The loss, coming in the final game of the 2017 Duel In The Desert, closed out non-conference play for the Lady Rebels, sent them to a 5-6 overall, with three straight losses, all at the hands of Top-25 competition.
Syracuse opened the afternoon with a 28-point first quarter thanks to knocking down 12 field goals, and forcing the Lady Rebels into eight turnovers. The Orange would turn those eight turnovers into 10 points, while UNLV suffered through its worst shooting first quarter of the season, hitting just 1-of-11 from the field while adding four free throws for six total points.
UNLV would turn it around in the second quarter, helped by a 5-of-6 performance from downtown. The Lady Rebels would outscore Syracuse 22-17 over the second quarter to close within 45-28 at halftime. Though the Orange would extend the lead by six more points after three quarters, to 65-42, the Lady Rebels would not go away quietly, chopping away at the advantage before eventually falling by a 14-point margin.
THE TURNING POINT: Syracuse jumped out to an 18-0 advantage, forcing the Lady Rebels to play from behind double-digits for the final 34 minutes of the contest. UNLV went 0-6 from the floor before getting on the board at the 4:15 mark of the first quarter on a pair of free throws.
LADY REBEL OF THE GAME: Katie Powell recorded her team-leading sixth double-double of the year with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV was forced into 28 turnovers, double the 14 the Orange committed for the afternoon.
"The run at the beginning hurt us a lot clearly. Their pace was just up-tempo the second we missed a shot, and we told our players the tempo was out of control, and we finally settled down after the first 10 minutes. We allowed too many offensive boards at the beginning as well, but we're going to draw from this and go back to practice and learn how to get better from a game like this."
- UNLV head coach Kathy Olivier
LADY REBEL NOTES:
* UNLV held Syracuse to just four total points in the fourth quarter, the lowest quarter score for the Orange this season, and only the second time they've been held to single digits in a quarter.
* Also joining Powell in double-figures was Brooke Johnson with 12 points, all of which came from behind the arc. She was named to the Duel In The Desert All-Tournament Team.
* UNLV hit a season-high tying seven three-pointers in the contest.
* The Lady Rebels won the rebounding contest by a 40-37 margin.
NEXT FOR THE LADY REBELS: UNLV break for Christmas before opening Mountain West conference play on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 12 pm (PT) against the Boise State Broncos in Boise, Idaho.