Four More Years For Coach KO|
Aug. 25, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - After guiding UNLV women's basketball to its best season in over a decade, head coach Kathy Olivier has received a four-year contract extension that will keep her guiding the Scarlet and Gray through the 2020-21 season, it was announced on Friday.
In her nine years at UNLV, Olivier has a 138-146 overall record, but a 40-25 mark the past two years. That includes a 22-11 record in 2016-17, which tied for the most wins at UNLV in the past 14 years along with her 2011-12 squad that finished at 22-10. Just like that team, Olivier's Lady Rebels reached the postseason this past year as well, thanks to an at-large bid to the WNIT.
UNLV also set a school record for Mountain West victories in a season with its 12-6 conference mark, which was also the most conference victories for the Lady Rebels since a 14-4 record in the Big West in 1994. The Lady Rebels started out this past season with five straight wins and eight wins in their first nine games, highlighted by victories over USC and Ole Miss. After losing its only point guard to a season-ending injury in a last-minute loss to Oregon State in game 10, UNLV lost three of its next four games, but rebounded to win 13 of its next 17 contests and reached the semfinals for the Mountain West Tournament for the second straight season. UNLV finished the season ranked 15th in the nation in scoring defense at 55.7 ppg, just 0.1 ppg off the school record set in 1975-76.
The future is bright for the Lady Rebels, as they return 10 players from the 2016-17 postseason squad, including four starters.
"I've been surrounded by a lot of great people here at UNLV," said Olivier. "Our coaches work extremely hard and the players have completely bought in to our program. We have a lot of talented players that have learned from the veterans, and we've built a winning tradition with this current group that I expect will continue into the future. Coming off an exciting year, winning 22 games, and knowing that we are returning our entire team for next season, I'm overjoyed with today's news that will help our program stay on its current upwards path for years to come. I want to thank the UNLV administration for their support and in helping to ensure the future of Lady Rebel basketball."