Lady Rebels walloped by Wyoming
A team that was once on a five-game winning streak is now on a three-game losing streak after UNLV fell to Wyoming, 82-56, in Laramie, Wyo. on Saturday.
The loss puts the Lady Rebels (9-14, 6-4) once sitting near the top of the Mountain West, now at sixth.
After beginning the year 3-9 in non-conference play, it seemed that UNLV had found a formula to make itself a contender in the conference — a formula that was so successful that the Lady Rebels won five of their first six with the only hiccup being a loss to Fresno State.
Since then, they’ve lost four of their last five games, including three straight by a total of 74 points. And that was evident against the Cowgirls, whose defensive ability kept UNLV at bay the entire afternoon in Arena Auditorium.
The trend that’s been going on the last few games continued again Saturday: UNLV struggled to get its shots to fall. The Cowgirls held the Lady Rebels to 33 percent shooting from the floor. The Lady Rebels, who usually have 3-pointers on their side, made only 3-of-15 from outside. Wyoming, meanwhile, made 9-of-20 3-point attempts.
UNLV started off the game with an early 11-7 lead, but then the Lady Rebels got cold and couldn’t make their shots. Wyoming went on a 15-2 run to give the Cowgirls a 22-13 lead, and went into halftime up 43-31.
It only got worse for UNLV. The Cowgirls led by as much as 31 points in the second half, and the Lady Rebels only made 15 field goals over the final 36 minutes of the game: That’s a field goal every 2:40.
Although they once again controlled the rebounding battle 44-39, the Lady Rebels also had trouble hanging onto the ball with 17 turnovers.
Junior forward Alana Cesarz was one of two Lady Rebels to hit double figures, leading with 16 points. Senior guard Mia Bell recorded 10 points. Sophomore center Aley Rohde, the team’s leading rebounder, finished with nine rebounds.
The Cowgirls were led by Marquelle Dent with 18 points and Kaitlyn Mileto with 16.
UNLV is off for a week before they return back to action on Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. against Utah State in the Cox Pavilion.