Shot Down By Maine

Nov. 17, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. ( - For the second straight game UNLV's opponent was hot from three-point range, as Maine connected on 11-of-21 three-point attempts while UNLV shot a season-low 28.8% and fell to the Black Bears 74-67 in the second game of the Subway Classic on Saturday afternoon at Williams Arena. The Lady Rebels (1-2) will now play in the consolation game on Sunday at 9 am (PT) against Ohio, while Maine (1-3) advances to the championship game against host Minnesota.

UNLV could never get its offense on track, as it dominated all the stats in the first half except in field goal shooting, making just seven-of-36 for 19.4%. That offset the Lady Rebels' 33-19 edge on the boards in the first half, including 18-6 on the offensive side. The game started with Maine scoring its first nine points off three treys for a 9-4 edge, before UNLV came back to tie it on a basket from Alana Cesarz. The Lady Rebels then went up 13-11 on a layup from Rmanii Haynes at the 12:38 mark.

That would be the last basket for the next 7:39 of the contest as UNLV would miss its next 15 shots. Maine scored seven straight during that scoring drought to go up by an 18-13 lead off a basket at the 5:17 mark. UNLV broke the field goal drought with an offensive putback by Friedrieke Moderegger with five minutes to play in the half. The Lady Rebels cut the lead to one twice in the final five minutes, but Maine would take a 26-22 edge into halftime.

UNLV kept its deficit in single digits for the opening nine minutes of the second half, twice closing within two. Five treys from the Black Bears, including three in a two-minute span, would eventually push the edge to 13, 51-38 with 9:51 left on the clock. UNLV would not go away quietly, making several runs at Maine over the final minutes, reducing the edge to six several times. The closest UNLV came was with two minutes to play following a pair of Danielle Miller free throws to cut the lead to 67-61. Rejane Verin then stole the inbounds pass giving UNLV a chance to close within four. Instead, Maine stole the ball back and converted a three-point play on the other end for a nine-point lead.

Kelli Thompson led UNLV with a game-high 24 points, and added 10 rebounds for her second career double-double, and second of the season. Cesarz was next with career-highs in points (18) and rebounds (10) to also post her first career double-double. The rest of the team combined for just 25 points. UNLV made 21-of-73 from the floor, and made 3-of-22 from three-point range for 13.6%. The Lady Rebels did well at the line, knocking in 22-of-26 for 84.6%. Their final rebounding advantage was 57-37, and they came up with 16 steals, though turned the ball over 25 times.

Six different Black Bears made a three-pointer in the game, led by Liz Wood's 4-of-5 performance (12 points), while Milica Mitrovic was 3-of-4 for nine points. Ashleigh Roberts paced Maine with 16 points and nine rebounds. Maine shot 41.9% (26-of-62) for the game and made 52.4% of its three-point attempts.

NOTE: Lady Rebel senior guard Kelli Thompson's streak of 96 consecutive starts ended today as she came off the bench in the game.