Cold Afternoon For Lady Rebels

Jan. 12, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A huge rebounding advantage was the key factor as UNLV lost its first Mountain West conference road game of the year, 81-69 at Air Force in women's college basketball action on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Rebels were outrebounded by a season-high 23 (60-37), and dropped to 5-11 on the year, 1-1 in league play. The Falcons meanwhile improved to 2-13, 1-1 in the conference.

UNLV trailed by 12 points midway through the first half, but had slowly climbed back into the contest, and were down by five, 38-33, off a pair of Rmanii Haynes free throws with 17:51 to play in the game. The Lady Rebels would be held to just three points over the next six minutes of the game. Air Force reeled off 14 during the stretch to open up a 52-36 edge with 11:29 left on the clock. The advantage went as high as 18 points twice, while UNLV could never come closer then 11 points the rest of the game.

Air Force's rebounding advantage led to a 21-7 edge on second chance points. The Falcons also took advantage of their trips at the line, as a season-high 30 fouls on UNLV lead to a 28-of-40 performance at the free throw line. UNLV meanwhile made 19-of-29 at the line for 65.4%, and made just two-of-three from three-point range for 15.4%.

The Falcons opened the game with 14 of the first 18 points, and led 18-6 with 10:44 left in the first half. UNLV then scored the next six points, and used a 12-1 run to close within 19-18 on a Danielle Miller jumper. After Kelli Thompson sank a pair at the line for UNLV to make it a 25-22 lead, Air Force went on a 10-3 spurt to go up 35-25 with just over a minute to play. The halftime scored would be 36-29 for the Falcons.

Miller finished with a career-high 21 points for UNLV. Joining her in double figures was Cesarz with 13 and Thompson with 12. UNLV was held to 38.1% (24-of-63) from the floor and 2-of-13 for 15.4% from three-point range.

Four players finished in double-figures for Air Force, led by double-doubles from Katie Hilbig (14 points, 16 rebounds), Dymond James (14 points, 15 rebounds) and Cherae Medina (13 points, 10 assists). The Falcons shot 36.6% (26-of-71) for the afternoon, 1-of-11 from three-point range (9.1%), and 28-of-40 at the charity stripe for 70%.

UNLV returns to action with a two-game homestand, beginning with a Wednesday, Jan. 16 contest against San Diego State at 7 pm in the Cox Pavilion.