Lady Rebels Drop 74-60 Contest To San Diego State

Jan. 16, 2013

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV couldn't overcome San Diego State's combination of a +19 rebounding advantage and +18 in points from three-point range, dropping a 74-60 contest to the Aztecs in Mountain West women's basketball action on Wednesday night in the Cox Pavilion. The Lady Rebels fell to 5-12, 1-2 in league play while SDSU improved to 11-5, 2-1 in the MW.

The Aztecs' final rebounding margin was 53-34, leading to a 30-14 edge on second chance points. SDSU also knocked down 7-of-19 from three-point range, while the Lady Rebels made just one of their eight attempts on the night.

UNLV never led in the game falling behind 8-1 in the first four minutes before rallying to close within 11-10 on a layup from Réjane Vérin. After San Diego State pushed its up to eight points, UNLV scored four of the next five points, off two Verin free throws and an Alana Cesarz jumper to make it a 21-16 game with 6:49 on the clock. The Aztecs then went on an 12-0 burst over a three-minute span. Chelsea Hopkins converted three straight layups during that run, while a basket from Deajanae Scurry made it a 33-16 game at the 3:25 mark. Thanks to a pair of Kelli Thompson free throws, UNLV went into halftime down 36-22.

After Cesarz opened the second half with a basket, San Diego State scored the next eight points, opening up a 20-point lead, 46-26 with 16:04 to play in the game. SDSU would lead by as much as 23 in the second half, while the closest UNLV came the rest of the way was 14 on the game's final basket.

Thompson paced UNLV with 18 points, while Cesarz added 17. Danielle Miller's streak of games in double-figure scoring was snapped at nine games as she was held to just four. UNLV shot 32.8% (19-of-58) for the game, was 1-of-8 from three-point range for 12.5%, and 21-of-26 from the line for 80.8%. UNLV did finish with 12 steals and six blocks in the game, both above its season average.

Hopkins turned in a triple-double of 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in leading the Aztecs. Courtney Clements was next on the team with 14 points, though it came on 4-of-15 shooting while being guarded for the majority of the time by Miller. Khristina Hunter grabbed 11 rebounds as well for SDSU. The Aztecs shot 42.6% (29-of-68) for the game, was 7-of-19 from three-point range for 36.8%, and 9-of-16 at the line for 56.3%.

UNLV will play a second straight home game on Sunday, Jan. 20, when it hosts Colorado State at 1 pm in the Cox Pavilion, in a game televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network. Sunday's game is also "Pack The Pavilion" for UNLV, with tickets just $1 for anyone wearing red to the game.