Lady Rebels Blitz Mustangs 83-57|
Dec. 30, 2003
LAS VEGAS - Sherry McCracklin posted her ninth double-double of the season and led four players in double figures as UNLV blew past Cal Poly 83-57 on Tuesday night in women's collegiate basketball action from the Thomas & Mack Center. The Lady Rebels won their fourth straight and eighth in their last nine games to improve to 9-2 on the season, while Cal Poly fell to 4-5. UNLV is now 7-0 at home this year.
McCracklin, who had registered a double-double by halftime (16 points, 11 rebounds), finished with a game-high 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor, and she was 9-of-10 at the line. The nation's leading rebounder, McCracklin also added 15 boards, four assists, and three steals. Joining her in double figures was Nikki Hitchens and RanDee Henry, both with 10 points, while Padra Strong came off the bench for a career-high 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting. InFini Robinson and Sheene Moore just missed hitting double figures for UNLV, finishing with nine points apiece. UNLV shot 47.5 percent for the game, and held the Mustangs to just 37.1 percent. The Lady Rebels also took 35 trips to the line (24-of-35), and forced Cal Poly into 25 turnovers on the night.
Cal Poly scored the first four points of the game after UNLV turned the ball over four times in the first minute and a half, and led 8-7 just over three minutes into the game. Six unanswered points from Henry gave the Lady Rebels a 13-8 lead, and they never looked back. Up 31-22 with 5:49 left in the first half, UNLV closed out the first stanza on a 17-5 spurt for a 21-point halftime advantage, 48-27. The Lady Rebels kept up the pressure in the second half, and 12-2 run midway through the half put UNLV up 78-46 on Candace Sneed's free throw with 5:11 left in the game. UNLV increased its last to as high as 33, 82-49, but Cal Poly nailed two three-pointers in the final 44 seconds to reduce the final deficit to 26 points.
Cal Poly was paced by Katy Paterson with 15 points and six rebounds. Heidi Wittstrom (10 points, seven rebounds) and Jennifer Dooley (10 points) also registered double figures for the night. The Mustangs struggled from the line, hitting just 7-of-21. Cal Poly held a 44-41 edge on the boards, becoming just the second team to outrebound UNLV this season.
During halftime of the game, UNLV retired the No. 13 jersey of former Lady Rebel Linda Fr?hlich, a three-time All-American at UNLV from 1998-2002.
The Lady Rebels will take to the road for a Saturday, Jan. 3 matchup at St. Mary's at 7 pm in Moraga, Calif.