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Lady Rebs claim Thanksgiving tournament with dominant win over host school

Add another regular season tournament title to the resume of the UNLV Lady Rebels as it remained undefeated this weekend during The Dana on Mission Bay Thanksgiving Tournament.

UNLV waxed San Diego, 93-56, Saturday, Nov. 25 from the Jenny Craig Pavilion in the final game of the two-day tournament. San Diego hosted the tournament and advanced to the final day after beating Weber State. The Lady Rebels got the job done by taking care of UC Santa Barbara 24 hours prior to the last game of the set.

Over the last two seasons, head coach Lindy La Rocque’s group is 5-0 during Thanksgiving tournaments with two tourney wins in the last two seasons.

This season’s club is 6-0 so far, winning games by an average margin of just over 31 points per outing.

With the tournament in the past, UNLV will now head back to the road for a trip to Northern Arizona Wednesday, Nov. 29. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. Over the last three seasons, the Lady Rebels have lost two of the three meetings against the Lumberjacks.

Junior guard Alyssa Durazo-Frescas netted a program-record eight made three-pointers during the win on her way to tying her career-high in points. Moreover, her record-setting performance came in the first three quarters of the contest.

Durazo-Frescas torched the nets with makes on her first four attempts from deep. Her first miss from long range came at the 2:51-mark of the second quarter.

The Mater Dei product finished with 24 points on 8-of-11 from the field, all from three-point territory. As a team, UNLV shot 11-for-22 from deep.

It was all gas, no brakes from the early going for the Lady Rebels, racing out to a 15-point lead in the game’s opening quarter. Defensively, the team hopped into a full-court press up nine that completely appeared to shatter the gameplan of the home team.

UNLV forced San Diego into six turnovers in the first 10 minutes and 11 turnovers in the first half. All this came before the Lady Rebels committed a single turnover of their own on the other end of the floor. In fact, the team wouldn’t commit its first turnover until late in the third quarter on the way to just four for the game. At the time of the team’s first turnover, it had already racked up 19 assists en route to 21 in the game on 36 made field goals.

By the final buzzer, UNLV had raced out to a 28-3 advantage in the points off turnovers category.

Senior center Desi-Rae Young added 18 points and six rebounds in 23 minutes of play after fouling out in the team’s last contest. She helped her team gain the 50-24 points in the paint advantage against the Toreros.

Young and Durazo-Frescas combined to shoot 17-for-27 from the floor in the win.

In the first quarter, seven different Lady Rebels scored on the way to 10 different players recording points in the game. Everyone in uniform logged minutes for UNLV.

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