Lady Rebels Host Top-5 Mississippi State Wednesday|
Dec. 19, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
UNLV CONTINUES RUN AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS...
After suffering a hard loss at 18th-ranked Stanford on Saturday, the going does not get any easy for UNLV this week in the Duel In the Desert tournament, hosted by UNLV in the Cox Pavilion on Wednesday-Friday. The Lady Rebels will face a pair of teams ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Top 25 Poll in their two games in the event, starting with top-five Mississippi State. The Bulldogs, who made national headlines after snapping Connecticut’s NCAA record 111-game win streak in the 2017 national semifinals, come into Wednesday’s contest ranked No.5 by the AP and No. 3 by USA Today/ESPN. Friday sees another tough opponent for UNLV, as the Syracuse Orange come in ranked 22nd in the coaches’ poll. Both teams combined are a perfect 22-0, as each has won their first 11 contests of the season.
Wednesday’s contest, which is the second of two games and tips off at 2:30 pm, is also Hot Cocoa & Hoops for Lady Rebel fans, as the first 100 fans will receive a voucher for Free Hot Cocoa. Anyone coming to the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels game later Wednesday night against Mississippi Valley State will also receive free admission to the Lady Rebels’ game with proof of their men’s ticket. In the day’s first game, Hawaii and Texas A&M face off at 12 pm.
Singl-day tickets for the Duel In The Desert are $8 for adults, and $5 for seniors and faculty/staff, while all tickets bought online up to three hours before tip-off are just $5. Kids 12 and under are always free at UNLV Lady Rebel contests.
The contest against Mississippi State marks the second straight game for the Lady Rebels against a defending NCAA Final Four participant, a first for UNLV for program history. It will also be the first time UNLV has faced a NCAA championship finalist since it fell to Georgia 87-41 on Dec. 28, 1996. Wednesday will be the third meeting all-time between the Lady Rebels and the Bulldogs, with UNLV winning both previous meetings in Las Vegas.
The Duel In The Desert is back at UNLV for the first since the 2013-14 season, and this marks the sixth time the Lady Rebels have hosted the event. This year’s field is potentially the best-ever, as in addition to Mississippi State and Syracuse in the Rebel Division, the Scarlet Division features No. Oregon and No. 19 Texas A&M, along with Hawaii.