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Stingy Lady Rebels make it three straight wins to start the year

A halftime lead that was stretched into a blowout led to the UNLV Lady Rebels to a third straight win to start the new campaign.

UNLV downed Utah Tech, 100-67, Tuesday, Nov. 14 from the Cox Pavilion in the second game of a three-game homestand. Along with the victory, the Lady Rebs reached the century mark for the first time since Feb. 2022.

Counting this year’s 2-0 start at home, UNLV has compiled a 35-3 record from Las Vegas over the last three seasons. To wrap up the three-game homestand, the team will host New Hampshire Saturday, Nov. 18 from the Cox Pavilion with tip-off slated for 2 p.m.

More decisive defense told the story in the Lady Rebels’ latest win over the Trailblazers, specifically tightening up the defensive reigns in the second half. Turnovers once again played a huge role leading to the victory.

UNLV forced Utah Tech into 16 turnovers, two times more than the home team committed on the other end. Of those 16 turnovers, 10 came in the form of steals for one of the best defensive teams in the conference so far this season.

Moreover, the back-to-back Mountain West champs turned those 16 turnovers into 23 points while racking up 17 fast break points.

Through the first three games of the season, Lady Rebel opponents are shooting 37% from the field and 25% from three-point range.

By the final buzzer, the Trailblazers had been held to 39% from the field including a 35%-mark in the second half.

UNLV went on a 12-2 run in the third quarter to push the lead to 22 points which was a game-high at that point. In the final frame, the team extended the lead to 36 points on the heels of a 13-0 spurt.

Senior center Desi-Rae Young recorded her third straight double-double and the 38th of her career, posting 20 points and 10 rebounds to go along with five assists. The five assists tied a career-high for the Las Vegas product.

Junior guard Alyssa Durazo-Frescas scored 17 points with five made threes to help pace the Lady Rebels to a program record 16 made treys on the night, finishing with a 49%-mark as a team.

Sophomore guard Kiara Jackson added 16 points and a game-high six assists after another fast start in this one.

Senior reserve guard Ashley Scoggin erupted for a season-high 16 points off-the-bench including 13 in the first half. Those 16 points are the most she’s scored with the Lady Rebels since transferring last season. In fact, it’s the most points she’s scored since Feb. 2022.

Scoggin helped UNLV win the bench production battle, 43-15.

Everybody in uniform played for the Lady Rebels with 11 players recording at least a point.


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