Lady Rebels look lost against Rams
Every time Colorado State (17-4, 9-1) steps on the court, the Rams prove why they are No. 1 in the Mountain West.
Wednesday’s game against the Lady Rebels (9-13, 6-4) was no different, as they won 66-48 at the Cox Pavilion.
“I wish we could have given them more of a battle at home,” said head coach Kathy Olivier. “They are the best team in the conference and it’s very obvious of that.”
The Lady Rebels tried hard to keep up with the Rams, but their transparent play gave Colorado State the advantage. UNLV finished with 19 turnovers, which turned into 10 Colorado State points.
“This conference is tough,” said sophomore forward Rejane Verin. “Every game you have to bring your ‘A’ game, and I think we haven’t done that in a while.”
UNLV struggled all night to get shots to fall, shooting 31.7 percent from the floor overall. The Lady Rebels didn’t have many opportunities to get to the free throw line, only taking eight attempts.
Among many things that Colorado State had to its advantage tonight, the one thing UNLV could not stop was forward Elin Gustavsson, who led the Rams with a game-high 26 points.
“She’s just overall a good player,” Olivier said. “She’s constantly moving. You cannot take a break when you are guarding her. She played the game really well.”
Verin led the Lady Rebels with 14 points and six rebounds, the second straight game she led UNLV in scoring.
“I had a rough pre-season, so I am trying to go back to the old me,” Verin said.
Junior forward Alana Cesarz also hit double-figures, recording 10 points and five rebounds.
UNLV did have the edge in rebounding, 42-39, but the game turned into a battle of defense. For proof, Danielle Miller shot 1-of-14.
“It’s hard when you’re not making shots,” Olivier said. “You’re not playing good D, and they are making shots … It’s hard.”
The Lady Rebels travel to Laramie, Wyo. this weekend, to take on the Cowgirls Saturday at 1 p.m. PT.