Lady Rebels rebound with blowout win over Thunderbirds
It was just what the doctor ordered for a program who just lost its first road game in nearly two years.
UNLV returned home to a 32-point blowout victory, 92-59, over Southern Utah Saturday, Nov. 20 from the Cox Pavilion.
The win gave the team a 2-0 start at home after going 6-9 last season.
The Lady Rebels will stay in town for the UNLV Thanksgiving Classic which slates them hosting UT-Arlington Saturday, Nov. 27.
Tip-off is set for 12 p.m.
Five different players scored in double-figures in UNLV’s latest win led by 21 points from sophomore forward Nneka Obiazor on 10-of-11 shooting.
In addition 10 of the 11 players that logged minutes, scored.
After being dominated by the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, the Lady Rebels returned the favor against the Thunderbirds.
UNLV pounced early and would lead a wire-to-wire victory over Southern Utah.
Back-to-back threes to start the game got it rolling and kept it going as the home team would build a lead as large as 22 points in the first half.
Moreover, the team used three straight three-pointers to close out the first half and head into the locker room up, 50-28.
The second quarter saw UNLV shoot 75% from the field including going 6-of-8 from beyond the arc.
To that point, the Lady Rebels were 8-of-12 from three-point range.
Hoping to do half as well, UNLV upped their output in the third quarter; shooting 84.6% from the field without a three-point attempt.
That third quarter push would extend the lead to 35, the highest at any point in the game.
UNLV finished with 27 assists on 37 made field goals.
Sophomore forward Desi-Rae Young was in foul trouble with four after picking up another two in the first quarter for the second consecutive game.
Earlier this week, Young was honored as the Mountain West Player of the Week.
Last season, she was named the Mountain West Freshman of the Year.
Young scored 11 points and handed out four assists in 14 minutes of action.