Double Setback At Wyoming

Jan. 23, 2013

Box Score

LARAMIE, Wyo. ( - UNLV suffered two losses on Wednesday night, the first being a 76-54 setback at Wyoming in a Mountain West women's basketball road game on Wednesday night at Arena Auditorium. The Lady Rebels dropped to 6-13, 2-3 in league play while the Cowgirls improved to 14-4, 3-2 in the MW, and a perfect 9-0 on their home court this season.

Potentially a bigger loss for UNLV though happened in the first half when sophomore Alana Cesarz suffered a right knee injury after slipping on the court on a layup attempt. She was immediately taken to the locker room and did not return for the rest of the game. Her status for the next contest will be determined after she is evaluated by doctors once the team returns to Las Vegas on Thursday. Entering the Wyoming game, Cesarz was the fourth-leading scorer in the Mountain West at 16.1 points per game, and second in rebounding at 7.4 rpg.

After falling behind early 7-2, UNLV scored five straight to knot the game at 7-7 on a Réjane Vérin layup. Wyoming scored four straight, but Vérin knocked down a jumper to bring UNLV within 11-9 at the 14:26 mark. Back-to-back treys put Wyoming ahead by eight, 17-9. Cesarz drained a trey, her second of the game, to make it a 19-14 contest, but that would be the final Lady Rebel point for the next five minutes. Wyoming reeled off 11 unanswered during that stretch from five different players, and went up 30-14 on a pair of Alison Gorrell free throws with 8:08 left.

Following the under eight minute timeout, UNLV collected a defensive rebound and fed Cesarz on a fast break that led to the injury. UNLV would score the next five points of the game to close within 11, with Kelli Thompson draining a trey to make the score 30-19. Thompson stepped up for UNLV at the end of the first half, scoring 11 points in the final five minutes and helping the Lady Rebels go into halftime down 12, 41-29.

The lead was still at 12 two minutes into the second half. A 12-4 run by the Cowgirls extended their edge to 20, 58-38, with 13:53 to play in the game. UNLV came no closer then 18 the rest of the way, while Wyoming's largest lead was 25 twice, the last at 69-44.

Thompson finished with 18 points to pace UNLV, while Vérin posted 10. Danielle Miller was next with seven points. The Lady Rebels shot 36.7% (22-of-60) from the floor, was 7-of-12 from three-point range for 58.3%, but took a season-low seven free throws, and made just three for 42.9%. UNLV was outrebounded by a 42-37 margin, and turned the ball over 17 times, leading to a 24-12 edge for Wyoming in points off turnovers.

Woodward led the Cowgirls with 23 points. Chaundra Sewell was next with 16, and Ashley Sickles poured in 10. Wyoming shot 42.4% (28-of-66) for the night, was 7-of-22 from three-point range for 31.8%, and made 13-of-16 at the free throw line for 81.3%.

The Lady Rebels will now have their bye of the first half of the league schedule. They return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at in-state rival and new league member Nevada, Reno in a 6:30 pm contest.