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Lady Rebels make program history in Duel in the Desert Tournament

The UNLV Lady Rebels defeated Loyola Marymount, 94-54, in a Duel in the Desert Tournament game on Monday, Dec. 21, to improve to 3-4 on the season.


UNLV will prepare for back-to-back games against San Diego State on Thursday, Dec. 31 and Saturday Jan. 2.

Thursday’s tip-off is set for 2 p.m.


Both games will have heavy implications on the Mountain West Conference standings.


"Great team win today,” head coach Lindy La Rocque said. “Obviously when you're making shots like that and sharing the ball it's a fun game to watch and play.”


After UNLV suffered a heartbreaking loss to Pacific in double overtime, it appeared to spark a fire for its game against LMU.


The Lady Rebels were unconscious from three point range, breaking a school-record for three-pointers made with 15.


UNLV shot 46 percent from deep range and 52 percent from the field overall, in addition to shooting 83 percent from the free throw line, which are all season highs.


“As a coach I was just trying to enjoy some of it, but it comes down to our team's work ethic and preparation,” La Rocque said. “Our coaches did a great job of scouting and in such a short turn around that's a tough task. To be able to execute the way we did today, setting a school record with the 15 threes, and I'm more happy with our overall percentage [15-of-29].”


This is the second time UNLV has beaten a Division I opponent by the margin of 35 points.


The first time was against Southern Utah on Nov. 14, 2015.


UNLV was not done with their accomplishments.


The Lady Rebels scored their third-highest points, 94 against a Division I opponent.


102 points and 99 points are the other highest points scored in a Lady Rebel game.


Collectively, the team played sensational.


Freshman guard Jade Thomas recorded a career-high 24 points, tying the school record for a freshman with seven three-pointers made.


Redshirt sophomore Delaynie Byrne posted 24 points and 11 rebounds, giving her three double-doubles on the season.


Redshirt senior guard Bailey Thomas recorded a career high of seven assists and seven points.


“Jade got hot going 7-for-10, she got it clicking today and making threes and when those fall it can be contagious,” La Rocque said. “Overall, just really proud of our team today.”


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