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10-game road win streak over as Lady Rebels fall to Lumberjacks

For the first time since February of last year, the UNLV Lady Rebels have lost a road game.

UNLV fell on the road to Northern Arizona, 84-62, missing out on a 3-0 start to the season.

The loss brings an end to a 10-game road winning streak for head coach Lindy La Rocque and the Lady Rebels.

It’s La Rocque’s first road loss of her coaching career.

Last season, NAU beat UNLV in the team’s season opener in Las Vegas.

The team will return home for a matinee matchup with Southern Utah from the Cox Pavilion.

Tip-off is set for 12 p.m.

It was complete domination for the Lumberjacks as they held the Lady Rebels without a basket for the first three and a half minutes of the ballgame.

In addition, UNLV suffered a shot clock violation early in the contest stifled by the NAU defense.

The deficit would get as large as 14 points in the opening quarter, largely due to three straight three-pointers from Lumberjack guard Emily Rodabaugh.

From there the avalanche started.

UNLV would cut the deficit to as little as two points on strong play from sophomore forward Nneka Obiazor, but it would not be enough.

However, the Lady Rebels would go scoreless for more than three minutes and would go without a field goal for nearly six minutes.

UNLV shot 32% from the field and 18% from beyond the arc with nine turnovers to just 10 made field goals.

The lead would only grow in the second half to an eventual game-high 28 points in a game where the road team never led.

NAU used a 9-0 run in the third quarter to go up 19 before hitting a buzzer beater to end the third quarter.

It was the team’s second buzzer beater of the game after hitting another to close the first half.

Obiazor led the team with 13 points on 50% shooting from the field off-the-bench.

Sophomore forward Desi-Rae Young was limited to 10 points in 13 minutes of action.

First-year UNLV guard Essence Booker added 11 points and has now scored in double-figures in all three of her first games with the team.

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