Another Three-Game Road Swing|
Feb. 7, 2007
LAS VEGAS -
GAME 22 - Thursday, February 8 7 pm
For the second time this conference season the UNLV women's basketball team will undergo a three-game road swing, beginning this time at San Diego State on Thursday night at 7 pm. The game against the Aztecs will actually be one of six road games UNLV will have to play in an eight-game stretch, as the Lady Rebels will travel to Wyoming for a Saturday afternoon contest, before taking on Utah on Feb. 15 in Salt Lake City.
Following their last game, a hard fought loss to TCU, the Lady Rebels found themselves in sixth place, just one game ahead of SDSU after its upset win over Utah on Saturday. The Aztec victory put them just one game behind UNLV in the conference standings, which leaves Thursday's game as a key contest for both squads, especially for potential tiebreaker reasons at the end of the season.
Two keys in the game should be rebounding and turnovers. UNLV is one of the top rebounding teams in the league, highlighted by its performance on Saturday when it held a 50-28 edge over TCU. Three Lady Rebels all had double figures in rebounding in that game, and they feature the league's top rebounder in Faye Muller (19th in the nation at 10.4 rpg). SDSU has a negative -8.0 rebound margin in league play, but are one of the top teams in the league in forcing turnovers, as its opponents average 20.1 per game, and the Aztecs come up with 10.1 steals per contest. That led to the win for SDSU over Utah, as it held a 23-8 edge on points off turnovers, despite being outrebounded by 15.