Lady Rebels Fall At Conference Leaders
Feb. 17, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - A shorthanded UNLV squad could not keep pace with the conference leading San Diego State Aztecs on Sunday, dropping an 86-50 contest in Mountain West women's basketball action on Sunday afternoon at Viejas Arena. The Lady Rebels dropped to 10-15 overall but remain in fourth place in the league at 6-5, while SDSU improved to 19-5, and 10-1 in the MW.
UNLV led for the majority of the opening 10 minutes of the game, thanks to making six of its first 11 shots from the floor to open up an 18-14 edge. Shots were not falling at the same rate over the second half of the opening stanza however, with the Lady Rebels connecting on just two of its last 14 attempts from the field. That allowed the Aztecs to make an 11-0 run that would put them ahead for good and have the Lady Rebels chasing for the rest of the afternoon.
Senior guard Kelli Thompson was the game's leading scorer with 28 points. The Lady Rebels were hurt by a short bench as only eight players were dressed out and the Aztecs posted a 29-5 edge on points off the bench. UNLV would finish the day shooting 32.7% (17-of-52) from the floor, and was outrebounded by a 45-31 margin, leading to a 29-11 advantage on second chances points for SDSU. The Aztecs shot 47.1% (33-of-70) in the contest, including 51.4% (19-of-37) after halftime.
Following a three-point play from SDSU for a 3-2 edge two minutes in, the Lady Rebels countered with a trey from Thompson and an Amie Callaway layup for a 7-3 lead. After the Aztecs tied the game at 11-11 on a trey from Courtney Clements, Thompson scored four straight for a 15-11 UNLV lead at the 14:24 mark of the second half. UNLV's last four point lead was at 18-14, as Thompson answered a three-point play with a long shot well behind the arc with 13:06 on the clock.
San Diego State tied the game at 18-18, and after another Thompson jumper, UNLV would be held scoreless for a 4:28 span. SDSU scored 11 during the stretch, and actually ended the half scoring 20 of the last 23 points to take a 38-23 edge into halftime.
After the Aztecs scored the first two of the second half for a 17-point lead, UNLV came back with nine quick points in a 90 second span. A jumper from Danielle Miller brought UNLV within 10, 40-30 with 18 minutes to play. UNLV was within 10 again at 42-32, and the Lady Rebs were still in striking distance of SDSU at 49-37 on a Thompson trey at the 14:57 mark. A 16-5 run from the host Aztecs pushed the lead to 65-42 with 8:32 to play, and SDSU also ended with 17 of the final 21 points for the 36-point win.
Réjane Vérin was the next highest scorer for UNLV at seven points, while Callaway added six. UNLV made 12-of-19 attempts at the line for 63.2%, and was 4-of-12 from three-point range.
Four Aztecs finished in double-figures, led by Clements' 18. Erimma Amarikwa posted 16 points for SDSU, while Chelsea Hopkins added 11 and Malia Nahinu posted 10. SDSU was 15-of-19 at the line for 78.9%, and made 5-of-16 from downtown (31.3%).
The Lady Rebs have a short turnaround before their next game, a road contest at Colorado State in Fort Collins on Wednesday, February 20. The game will tip-off at 6 pm (PT).
NOTE: Lady Rebel sophomore guard Briana Charles will be out for the rest of the season after suffering a fracture in her right hand during UNLV's win over Air Force on Feb. 13. She had earlier this season missed eight games due to a fracture in her left hand from the season opener.