Milestone Victory For Lady Rebels
Feb. 2, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV senior guard Kelli Thompson scored a career-high 33 points, and the Lady Rebels also held a huge advantage at the free throw line on the way to a 75-61 victory over Boise State on Saturday afternoon in Mountain West women's basketball action at the Cox Pavilion. The Lady Rebels won two straight games for the first time this season to move into sole possession of fourth place in the conference at 4-3 (8-13 overall). The Broncos dropped to 10-10, 3-4 in league play.
The win was also a milestone for UNLV head coach Kathy Olivier, who recorded her 300th career victory. She is in her fifth year as the head coach at her alma mater after spending 15 years leading the UCLA program.
"Kelli Thompson just took us on her back today, she really played like a senior leader with her scoring, her rebounding, her defense, and we just followed her lead," said Olivier on the win. "It seemed like Boise State got a little fatigued in the second half, but our bench kept us energized and we picked up our play and was able to build a good lead. Réjane (Vérin) was also a key for us with a great rebounding performance."
UNLV finished the game making 30-of-44 at the free throw line, while the Broncos made just nine of their 16 attempts. The 30 made free throws tied for the eighth-most in UNLV history, while the 44 attempts were the most ever by a Boise State opponent. Thirteen of those free throws came from Thompson, tying for the sixth-most ever by a Lady Rebel in a game. UNLV also held a big advantage on boards, outrebounding Boise State 56-41. That was highlighted by a season-high 15 from freshman forward Réjane Vérin, while Thompson added 10 for her third career double-double.
It was Boise State with the early lead in the game, as UNLV would miss six of its first seven shots from the floor. After Diana Lee hit a trey for the Broncos for an 8-2 edge, UNLV responded with the next nine points, and a 12-2 run would give the Lady Rebels a 14-10 edge. Two free throws from Vérin put UNLV up by six, and then BSU countered with a 9-0 run of its own. Brandi Henton's jumper with 6:22 on the clock made it a 23-20 lead for the visitors, but they would be held to just five points for the rest of the half. UNLV would score 16 during that span, including eight straight at one point, and took a 36-28 lead into halftime.
In the second half the lead remained between seven-12 points for the first seven minutes. After Miquelle Askew made one of two at the line for BSU to cut the edge to 45-34, UNLV took control with a 13-5 run over the next five minutes. Five different players scored during that run for the Lady Rebels, and back-to-back fast break layups from Thompson gave UNLV its largest lead of the day, 58-39 with 8:44 to play. Missed free throws and three treys from the Broncos would cut the lead to single digits once, 67-59 with 2:38 on the clock. Thompson sealed the game by making six straight at the free throw line in the final two minutes.
Also finishing in double-figures for UNLV besides Thompson was Danielle Miller with 14. Vérin just missed a double-double with eight points, while Amie Callaway added seven points and seven rebounds, and Briana Charles posted seven points, six assists and five rebounds off the bench. UNLV shot 36.2% (21-of-58) for the game and 3-of-11 from three point range for 27.3%.
Lauren Lenhardt led Boise State with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Henton also scored in double-figures with 16. BSU was held to 31.9% (23-of-72) for the afternoon and made 6-of-31 from three-point range for 19.4%.
The Lady Rebels finish out the first half of the league schedule by hosting new league rival Fresno State on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7 pm in the Cox Pavilion. All tickets are just $1, while kids 12 and under are always free to UNLV women's basketball games.