Another Heartbreaking Loss
Dec. 28, 2010
HONOLULU, Hawaii (UNLVRebels.com) - With the score tied in the final minute, Cal State Bakersfield scored six of the final nine points to hand UNLV a 66-63 loss in the first game of the Pepsi Rainbow Wahine Invitational on Tuesday night in women's college basketball action at the Stan Sheriff Center. The loss, the fifth straight for the Lady Rebels, dropped their record to 5-7, while the Roadrunners improved to 9-8 on the year.
UNLV led by as many as 16 in the first half, and eight at halftime. The edge was at 41-30 with 18:03 to play on a Tia Morrison layup. A 6-0 run from the Roadrunners cut the edge down to 41-36, but UNLV would push the edge back to 45-36 on another Morrison layup, and held a 47-39 advantage with 13:07 to play on a Kelli Thompson trey.
Breana Fields then took over for the Roadrunners, as she scored the game's next 11 points, nine coming on three treys. Her three-pointer at the 10:27 mark put CSUB up 50-47 with 10:26 to play. Ta'Nitra Byrd would tie the game at 50-50 on a three-point play, and the lead would change hands eight times over the final eight minutes, leading in the final minute.
UNLV was clinging to a 60-59 lead, but Tyonna Outland made one at the line to tie the game at 60-60, and after a UNLV turnover, Amber Williams drained a short jumper from the baseline for a two-point CSUB lead. Jamie Smith drew a foul on the other end for UNLV, but made just one-of-two, and UNLV was forced to foul. Outland would make two free throws with 26 seconds to play to extend the lead to three, and following a pair of Byrd free throws, Outland made another two with seven seconds to play for a 66-63 edge. Mia Bell's three-point attempt at the buzzer was short, sending UNLV to the loss.
The game was tied at 14-14 in the first half before eight straight points by the Lady Rebels ignited a 21-5 run over a seven-minute span. A layup from Thompson with 2:20 to play gave UNLV its largest lead, 35-19. CSUB climbed back into the game with an 8-0 run to end the half, with a jumper by Williams at the halftime buzzer making the score 35-27.
Thompson paced UNLV with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Morrison and Byrd both posted new career highs off the bench with 14 and 13, respectively. Byrd also grabbed 12 rebounds for her first career double-double. The Lady Rebels shot 39.7% for the game (25-of-63), was 3-of-15 (20%) from the floor, and 83.3% (10-of-12) at the line. UNLV held a 50-29 rebounding edge, but turned the ball over 27 times.
For the Roadrunners, Williams finished with a game-high 18 points, including three three-pointers, Kristine Herman added 15 and Fields finished with 11, all during that second-half run. CSUB shot 35.1% (20-of-57) for the game, was 18-of-27 (66.7%) at the free throw line, and made eight three-pointers, out of 23 attempts, for 34.8% from long range.
UNLV will continue action in the tournament on Wednesday night, facing Columbia at 5 pm (PT).