Lady Rebels slow down Spartans in second half 

UNLV scores 90 points in rout of San Jose State

UNLV is determined to show the Mountain West what it’s got.

The Lady Rebels (9-11, 6-2) bounced back Wednesday, as they won against San Jose State 90-76 at the Cox Pavilion to stay on pace for first place in the Mountain West

Junior forward Alana Cesarz was the backbone of the team, as she scored a career and game-high 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, which gave UNLV’s leading scorer her first double-double of the season.

“It feels good when my shot’s on,” Cesarz said. “I was not even second guessing myself, and I knew that when I shot, the shot would go in.”

The goal for this game was for UNLV to focus on playing together, and head coach Kathy Olivier thinks the team did just that by recording 26 total assists.

Lady Rebels forward Alana Cesarz prepares to shoot during UNLV’s 90-76 win over San Jose State on Wednesday. DANIEL WARD/THE REBEL YELL

Lady Rebels forward Alana Cesarz prepares to shoot during UNLV’s 90-76 win over San Jose State on Wednesday. DANIEL WARD/THE REBEL YELL

“They did a really good job of sharing the ball,” Olivier said. “I think we are better when everyone contributes. We have so many people that step up, and I think that is the beauty of this team.”

Besides Cesarz, three other Lady Rebels scored in double figures. Junior guard Danielle Miller has been a consistent scorer for UNLV all season. That trend continued with 15 points.

Sophomore center Aley Rohde and senior guard Rmanii Haynes both scored 11 points, and the Lady Rebels outrebounded San Jose State 49-35 and had 18 offensive rebounds.

“Me and [Dani] are like the 1-2 punch,” Cesarz said. “If you’re trying to stop me, then you can’t stop Dani. We have threats all over the court, and I think that helps.”

UNLV’s largest lead on the night was 18 points in the second half, with about a minute left to go in the game.

Despite Ta’Rea Cunnigan and Rebecca Woodberry scoring 25 and 20 points respectively for San Jose State, UNLV’s scoring balance controlled the outcome of the game. Although the Lady Rebels shot over 45 percent from the floor, the game changed drastically when UNLV shot 20-of-35 from the floor (57.1 percent).

The Spartans shot 31 percent from the floor in the second half.

“You can’t take a break with a team like San Jose State,” Olivier said. “This week was a big week to take care of business.”

UNLV came into its match against the Spartans after suffering its second conference loss of the season, to Mountain West favorite Fresno State.

Even though the loss was a tough one for the team, Cesarz believes it fueled their fire to come home, play hard and win against a struggling Spartans team.

“As much as it sucks to lose, I think losses sometime really help,” Cesarz said. “[This win] means that we’re ready to get back on track, and we learn from our mistakes and I think that is a big thing.”

Saturday, UNLV faces Boise State for its first meeting of conference play at 1 p.m.

“Boise is a very good basketball team,” Olivier said. “We have to bring our ‘A’ game, or we can forget about it.”

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