Overtime Heartbreaker

Feb. 4, 2012

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Photo Gallery vs. Wyoming

Wyoming held UNLV without a field goal in overtime to steal a 51-47 victory over the Lady Rebels on Saturday afternoon in Mountain West women's basketball action at Cox Pavilion. It was the first time this season UNLV has lost two straight games, dropping its record to 17-7, 5-3 in league play, while the Cowgirls improved to 9-12 overall, and are tied with the Lady Rebels and TCU for third in the MW at 5-3.

UNLV held a 19-15 halftime edge, and used an 8-0 run, capped by a trey and a three-point play from Jamie Smith, to go ahead by a 27-17 margin at the 16:17 mark. The lead was 31-25 in favor of UNLV off a layup from Danielle Miller, but then the Lady Rebels hit a four-minute scoring drought. Wyoming would score five straight during that drought, closing within 31-30 on a layup from Brenda Freeze. Smith answered with a layup to put UNLV back up three, but a Alison Gorrell jumper was followed by a banked-in three-pointer from Freeze for a 35-33 edge for the Cowgirls, their first of the second half.

Markiell Styles tied the game on a layup, and her three-point play at 3:52 made the score 38-35 in favor of UNLV. A Mia Bell layup at 3:01 kept UNLV ahead 40-37, but the Lady Rebels would go scoreless on their next three possessions, while Wyoming scored six straight to go up 43-40 with 47 seconds to play. Kelli Thompson drained a three-pointer for UNLV nine seconds later, her only basket of the game, to knot the score at 47-47. Wyoming then missed a shot on the other end, sending UNLV to its second overtime game of the season.

Wyoming opened overtime with two straight baskets for a 47-43 edge. The Cowgirls led 49-44 on a pair of Freeze free throws with 2:37 to play. UNLV countered with a pair of free throws from Thompson at 2:22, while Bell went one-of-two at the line with 1:49 left to make it a 49-47 contest. UNLV had three chances to tie the game, but missed two straight shots, including a three-point attempt with eight seconds left. The Lady Rebels kept possession, but following a timeout, Bell's attempted pass into the paint was picked off, and Wyoming made a pair of free throws with three seconds left to seal the win.

In the lowest scoring hall for the Lady Rebels this year, UNLV began the firs stanza with an early 11-2 lead thanks to a layup from Lenita Sanford at the 12:40 mark. Another layup, this time from Sandrine Nzeukou, put the Lady Rebels up 17-11 with 7:02 to play. Then started another long field goal drought, this time 6:31, and the Cowgirls managed to close within 17-15, before Nzeukou finished the half with a layup for a four-point UNLV halftime edge.

Nzeukou finished the game with her fourth double-double of the year, 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Smith added 11 for UNLV. The Lady Rebels were held to 31.5% (17-of-54) from the floor, 3-of-15 from the three-point line (20%), and 10-of-15 at the free throw line for 66.7%. UNLV held a 41-34 edge on the boards, but turned the ball over 25 times, which resulted in 28 Cowgirl points.

Kayla Woodward paced Wyoming with 16 points. Chaundra Sewell posted 14 points, while Freeze finished with 10. The Cowgirls shot 38.5% (20-of-52), were 3-of-17 for 17.6% from behind the arc, and made 8-of-11 at the free throw line (72.7%).

UNLV now has a week off before returning to action with a Saturday, Feb. 11 contest at San Diego State at 2 pm.