Lady Rebels Finish Fifth In World Vision Classic

Dec. 21, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( - Brittany Chambers scored a game-high 28 points to lead Kansas State past UNLV 80-54 in the third place game of the World Vision Classic women's basketball tournament on Friday afternoon in the Cox Pavilion. UNLV, who would finish fifth in the six-team tournament, dropped to 4-8 on the season, while KSU improved to 8-3.

UNLV led once during the game, 6-5 on a layup by Kelli Thompson at the 15:22 mark. Chambers then started a 7-0 run for KSU to put the visitors ahead 12-6 with 13:22 on the clock. After UNLV cut the lead down to 13-12 on a Briana Charles layup, Chambers drained back-to-back treys to ignite a 20-2 run over the next nine minutes of the game. UNLV scored the final basket of the half, and went into halftime trailing 33-16. The 16 first-half points for the Lady Rebels was the lowest since scoring 16 against Utah in a Mountain West first round tournament game on March 8, 2011.

Two free throws from Réjane Vérin helped bring UNLV within 15, 37-22 with 16:57 to play in the game. KSU responded by scoring 12 unanswered, going up 49-22. The closest UNLV came the rest of the way was 17 points twice, while the Wildcats' largest lead was at 29 in the final minutes.

Danielle Miller led UNLV with 18 points, while Alana Cesarz added 17 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the year. She was also named to the all-tournament team. UNLV was held to 35.8% shooting (19-of-53), was 3-of-13 from three-point range for 23.1%, and 13-of-21 at the charity stripe for 61.9%. UNLV was outrebounded by a 42-31 margin, and turnover the ball over times, which resulted in a 32-13 advantage for the Wildcats in points off turnovers.

Chambers paced KSU with 28 points and 15 rebounds. Brianna Craig was also in double-figures with 15. The Wildcats finished the night hitting 28-of-62 from the floor for 45.2%, was 10-of-27 from three-point land for 37%, and 14-of-18 at the line for 77.8%.

UNLV now breaks for the Christmas holiday before returning to action with a two-game road trip in California. First up will be a Saturday, Dec. 29 contest at UC Riverside at 5 pm.