Kelli Thompson looks to lead the Lady Rebels into the semifinals for the first time since 2009.
March 13, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
The UNLV women's basketball team opens the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Championships with a rematch of its quarterfinal game last year, as the fourth-seeded Lady Rebels will take on fifth-seeded New Mexico in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 2:30 pm in the Thomas & Mack Center. A webcast (Rich Cellini, Krista Blunk) of the game will be streamed live on the conference's website (TheMWC.com), while the UNLV radio broadcast by Adam Candee can be heard on KSHP 1400 AM as well as off a link from UNLVRebels.com. Live stats are also available through Gametracker at UNLVRebels.com.
The Last Meeting
February 9, 2013
Thompson For The Win!
Senior guard Kelli Thompson, leading scorer in the Mountain West, poured in a game-high 29 points, including eight during UNLV's 9-2 run to end the game, and her free throws with 11.9 seconds left gave the Lady Rebels a thrilling 58-57 victory at New Mexico on Saturday afternoon in Mountain West women's basketball action at The Pit.
Full UNLV MW quarterfinal notes vs. New Mexico
Though the Lady Rebels swept the season series against New Mexico, that hasn't slowed down UNLV's motivation of avenging its loss to the Lobos in last year's tournament quarterfinals. UNLV came into the 2012 tournament with its highest seed ever but was upset by the seventh-seeded Lobos 61-58.
Only one player on this year's Lady Rebel squad saw significant minutes in that contest, senior guard Kelli Thompson, and she's done everything she can to make sure UNLV won the first two matchups this year. Thompson averaged 25 points in the two wins, including 29 in the victory at New Mexico, and was a combined 19-of-21 at the line (90.5%).
GAME 31 - Thursday, March 14 2:30 pm
Reese's Mountain West Quarterfinals
No. 4 UNLV (12-18, 8-8 MW)
Head coach: Kathy Olivier (72-84, 5th year)
Leading scorer: Sr./G Kelli Thompson (18.6 ppg)
No. 5 New Mexico (16-13, 8-8 MW)
Head coach: Yvonne Sanchez (27-33, 2nd year)
Leading scorer: Sr./G Caroline Durban (12.0 ppg)
Thomas & Mack Center/Tarkanian Court (18,500)
TV: Webcast at TheMWC.com (Rich Cellini, Krista Blunk)
Radio: KSHP 1400 AM (Adam Candee)/UNLVRebels.com
Live Stats: Gametracker