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Lady Rebels Set For Utah Trip

Sheena Moore has scored in double figures in nine straight games for UNLV.

Sheena Moore has scored in double figures in nine straight games for UNLV.

March 2, 2004

LAS VEGAS -

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The UNLV women's basketball team closes out its regular season with a crucial road trip this week, as the Lady Rebels (19-6, 8-4 MWC) visit first place Utah (21-5, 11-1 MWC) on Thursday at 7 pm in Salt Lake City, Utah, and then take on BYU on Saturday. Holding on to third-place in the MWC, the Lady Rebels at least a 1-1 split in its two games, or a 2-0 sweep to claim the third seed in the tournament, as Colorado State is just one game behind UNLV. A third seed would be the highest ever for UNLV in the MWC Championships, as it has been either a fourth or fifth seed in the first four years of the tournament.

The Lady Rebels also hope to keep alive their chances for an at-large bid to the NCAAs. UNLV enters the week with 19 wins (19-6 overall record), and in the five-year history of the Mountain West, only one of the 11 teams that have posted 20 wins in a season not earned a bid to the NCAA (the 1999-00 Colorado State team was 20-9 after the MWC Tournament, and played in the WNIT). The Lady Rebels are also one win away from its second 20-win season in the last 12 years, as the 2001-02 team finished the year 23-8 and earned a trip to the NCAAs.

Thursday's game matches the top two shooting teams in the conference, as Utah is shooting 45.1 % and UNLV 45.0%. However, the Lady Rebels have been winning off their offense, averaging a league-high 72.7 ppg, while Utah is second in the conference in scoring defense at 53.6%. In the first meeting this year, defense won out, as UNLV was held to 55 points in a 72-55 Ute win in Las Vegas.

 

 

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