Lady Rebels Ready For The Gaels
March 14, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
Thanks to its first-ever top-two finish in the Mountain West, the UNLV Lady Rebels earned a bid to this year’s Postseason WNIT, and will open up first round play on Thursday night against Saint Mary’s in Moraga, Calif., with a 7 pm tip. A live, free webcast of the game will be available on the Saint Mary's website.
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UNLV, which at 22-9 has its best record in eight years, is playing in the postseason for the first time in six years, and are making its ninth all-time appearance in the WNIT. UNLV is 9-10 all-time in the WNIT, which includes a runner-up finish in the 2004 tournament.
UNLV has played in the current format of the WNIT five times, and is 2-5 in road games in those tournaments, winning a first-round game in 2001, and a semifinal contest in 2004. The Lady Rebels lost on the road in the first round in 2003, 2005 and 2006.
Thursday’s game features a Saint Mary’s team that has the top rebounding margin in the WNIT field at +9.5, but also the worst turnover margin at -5.3.
GAME 32 - Thursday, March 15 • 7 pm
WNIT First Round
UNLV (22-9, 10-4 MW)
Head coach: Kathy Olivier (60-65, 4th year)
Leading scorer: Jr./G Kelli Thompson (13.7 ppg)
Saint Mary’s (21-10, 11-5 WCC)
Head coach: Paul Thomas (104-84, 6th year)
Leading scorer: Sr./G Jasmine Smith (15.0 ppg)
McKeon Pavilion (3,500)
Radio: KSHP 1400 AM (Bob Blum)
Online: Video streaming at SMCGaels.com, Live stats at UNLVRebels.com