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Lady Rebels tripped up by Broncos 

 
UNLV trails by as much as 40 in road loss at Boise

Lady Rebels point guard Mia Bell directs the offense during UNLV’s win over San Jose State on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. DANIEL WARD/THE REBEL YELL

Lady Rebels point guard Mia Bell directs the offense during UNLV’s win over San Jose State on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. DANIEL WARD/THE REBEL YELL

What was anticipated to be a game between two of the top teams in the Mountain West turned into the tale of one team.

Boise State (12-8, 7-2) stole the show Saturday as the Broncos sailed to a victory over UNLV 79-49 at Taco Bell Arena, claiming sole possession of second place in the conference.

From the minute the game started, the Broncos had control of the game. The Lady Rebels (9-12, 6-3) led by two for mere seconds in the first half, before Boise State ran away with the game.

The damage had already been done. UNLV was down 42-19 at halftime and shot 30 percent in the first half, while Boise State shot 51 percent and also made seven 3-pointers.

The Broncos were able to get the lead up to as much as 40 with 10 minutes left in the game.

UNLV finished the game shooting 31 percent from the floor and shot 2-for-12 from 3-point range. Meanwhile, the Broncos ended the game proving why they’re arguably the most efficient offensive team in the conference, shooting 48 percent from the floor and making 12 3-pointers.

Sophomore forward Réjane Vérin led the Lady Rebels with 17 points. Senior guard Mia Bell was the only other UNLV player to score in double-figures with 10 points.

The Broncos had five players reach double-figures, with Deanna Weaver leading with 16 points.

What really gave UNLV problems was the 21 turnovers it committed. Boise State was able to turn those into 23 points at the other end.

Boise State had the edge in sharing the basketball. They had a 21-7 advantage in assists.

Next week, the Lady Rebels face another big-time matchup against Colorado State, who currently holds first place in the Mountain West. The contest is set for Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Cox Pavilion.

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