Three-game losing streak puts Lady Rebels in bad spot
The Lady Rebels have found themselves in a hole. After a string of losses, UNLV sits alone in sixth place in the Mountain West, searching for ways to dig themselves out.
“That’s what this conference is about,” said head coach Kathy Olivier. “One win can put you up in the top half. A loss can put you back down, and we have three.”
But the Lady Rebels are hopeful.
The key going forward is UNLV needs to come out of the gates strong. If the Lady Rebels are down by double-figures at halftime, it’s a steep climb to come back from without running out of gas.
Over the past three games, UNLV has been down at halftime by 50 points.
“We just get ourselves in holes, and we have to dig ourselves back out,” said junior forward Alana Cesarz.
UNLV was in the midst of the toughest part of its schedule, playing the best conference teams all within a couple weeks.
The Lady Rebels started off conference play winning five out of seven games. UNLV lost both games against Fresno State.
Cesarz doesn’t think that the recent loss to the Bulldogs on Jan. 25 is the source of their losing streak.
“I honestly don’t think that [Fresno State] is what got us,” Cesarz said. “I don’t think that loss has contributed to these other losses. I just think it was the way that our schedule was set up.”
The Lady Rebels rebounded with a 90-76 win over San Jose State on Jan. 29.
UNLV has not seen a win since then.
“We’re better than that,” Olivier said. “We need to get our pride back. We need to get our fight back.”
With a week off before hosting Utah State on Saturday, the Lady Rebels have plenty of time to hone in on what really needs to happen for this team to win again.
It starts with pride.
But it’s going to take more than just pride for the Lady Rebels to get back on track, and they know it. Shooting is also critical.
In the past three games, the Lady Rebels have not shot better than 32 percent from the floor. Once shots start to fall, Cesarz believes things will turn around.
“If we hit those shots, we’re right in the game,” she said. “It’s a confidence thing, and I think we will get that back.”
The key going forward is UNLV needs to come out of the gates strong. If the Lady Rebels are down by double-figures at halftime, it’s a steep climb to come back from, without running out of gas. Over the past three games, UNLV has been down at halftime by 50 points.
“We just get ourselves in holes, and we have to dig ourselves back out,” Cesarz said.
On paper, the road does get better for UNLV. The Lady Rebels take on Utah State on Saturday, after defeating the Aggies (find the date). Then UNLV plays a struggling New Mexico team on Wednesday.
“The way that the schedule is set up, we have plenty of opportunities to go on a win streak, starting with Utah State,” Cesarz said.
The Lady Rebels have seven games left in conference play. They believe they’re capable of turning it around.
It starts with Saturday, as they host Utah State at 4 p.m. in the Cox Pavilion.