Miller, Cesarz Rally Lady Rebels
Dec. 2, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. (UNLVRebels.com) - Thanks to an 11-2 run to end the game, UNLV rallied past Binghamton 58-56 in the consolation game of the ASU Classic on Sunday afternoon in women's college basketball action from Wells Fargo Arena. The Lady Rebels improved to 3-5 with the win, while Binghamton dropped to 0-8.
"It's always nice to come away with a win, no matter how ugly it was," said UNLV head coach Kathy Olivier. "When our shots weren't falling in the second half, we did a good job of finding a way to get to the line and get our points that way. We still have a lot to work on in practice this week though before our next game."
UNLV led by six at halftime, but did not make a field goal in the second half until the 8:54 mark. That stretch included 11 missed shots and three turnovers. Binghamton opened the second half with eight unanswered points for a 39-37 lead off a Mallory Lawes jumper at the 15:31 mark. After two UNLV free throws tied the game, the Bearcats reeled off eight of the next nine points of the game, going up 47-40 off a pair of Morgan Murphy free throws with 10:20 to play.
The lead was still at seven entering the final seven minutes when UNLV made its run, scoring the next 10 points of the game to go ahead 57-54. Alana Cesarz started the run with an offensive rebound and putback, while a Kelli Thompson layup put UNLV ahead 55-54 at the 4:51 mark. Danielle Miller's layup at 3:02 capped the run for the three-point edge.
Binghamton scored on a Jasbriell Swain layup to come within 57-56, but the Bearcats would not score again. Thompson made one of two at the line with 1:26 to play for a two-point lead, and then Amanda Anderson blocked a shot on the other end. Following a UNLV miss, Binghamton had another chance to tie or win the game, but Rmanii Haynes came up with a steal in the final 10 seconds, and UNLV was able to run out the clock for the win.
UNLV led for the vast majority of the first half, but could never pull away from the Bearcats. Binghamton took its only lead of the first half at 5-4 on a layup from Vaneeshia Paulk at the 17:58 mark. The Lady Rebels responded with a 9-2 run, with Danielle Miller's layup making its a 13-7 lead five minutes into the game. Binghamton came back to tie the score at 13-13, and there would be four more ties in the first half, the last at 21-21 at the 8:27 mark. UNLV would slowly stretch out to a seven-point lead twice, the last on a layup from Cesarz, before taking a 37-31 lead into halftime.
Danielle Miller tied her career-high with 19 points to lead the Lady Rebels, while Cesarz posted her second career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. UNLV shot just 34% (17-of-50) for the game, which included a 5-of-26 (19.2%) performance in the second half. The Lady Rebels did make 21-of-31 at the free throw line, while Binghamton attempted only 12 free throws (making eight). UNLV also came up with a season-high 10 blocks.
Binghamton was paced by 16 points from Murphy. Also in double-figures was Sherae Swinson with 13 and Swain with 10. The Bearcats held a 49-37 edge on the boards, including 24-12 on the offensive side, which led to a 22-6 difference in second chance points. For the game, the Bearcats shot 33.3% (23-of-69) from the floor, and turned the ball over 18 times.
UNLV returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 8, with an 11 am contest at UTSA in San Antonio.