ROMAN OWEN, MIA BELL AND NNEKA ENEMKPALI HIRED AS UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ASSISTANT COACHES

ROMAN OWEN, MIA BELL AND NNEKA ENEMKPALI HIRED AS UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ASSISTANT COACHES

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 UNLV women’s basketball head coach Lindy La Rocque announced the hiring of her coaching staff Tuesday. Roman Owen, Mia Bell and Nneka Enemkpali will all be assistant coaches for the Lady Rebels.

All three positions were approved before the state’s hiring freeze was instituted.

“I am so excited to have Roman, his wife Natalie and their two little girls join our Lady Rebel family!” said La Rocque. “Roman brings a wealth of coaching knowledge and experience to our program, but his true strengths lie in his moral character, integrity, and personal drive to impact the lives of young people. Our program is going to immediately benefit from Roman’s compassion and basketball savvy.

“I am also thrilled to keep Mia Bell in the Lady Rebel program. As an alum, Mia’s pride for UNLV and passion for basketball is unmatched. Her work ethic and enthusiasm for growth will push our program forward. Mia’s familiarity with UNLV makes for a seamless transition, she will continue to impact our young ladies in a positive light and help them develop on and off the court.

“I am so excited about the impact that Nneka Enemkpali will have on our Lady Rebel program. Nneka is a young rising star in coaching. She is extremely motivated and energetic about continuing to learn and grow, and will be a fantastic mentor for our team.”

Owen has coached at the collegiate level since 2008, and in the women’s game since 2010 when he began a three-year stint as head coach for Mid-American Christian University. He led the Evangels to a NCCAA Regional Championship and a consolation championship in the NCCAA National Tournament. His next stop was at Oklahoma, where he served as video coordinator under Hall of Fame coach Sherri Coale from 2013-15, while La Rocque was also a member of the staff during that period as a graduate assistant coach.

Owen has spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach at Yale (2015-18), Tulsa (2018-19) and most recently North Texas (2019-20). While at Yale, Owens was on a staff that guided the Bulldogs to the 2018 WBI Championship. At his most recent stop with the Mean Green, he handled all recruiting activities, set offensive game plans, had academic oversight of the team and also was in charge of the team’s scouting and technological needs. He also assisted with practice and overall game plans, workouts, and scouting reports in addition to coaching the point guard and wing position groups.

 

Owen’s first coaching experience came as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team at Oklahoma City University from 2008-10. The Stars won 32 games during his two years and made a 2010 NAIA National Tournament appearance.

A four-year letterwinner at Southwestern Christian University, he was named the 2008 Pete Maravich NCCAA Player of the Year and was a three-time NCCAA All-American, leading the team to back-to-back NCCAA National Championship games on the way to setting a program record with 2,802 career points. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Southwestern Christian in 2007 and his master’s degree in education from the University Central Oklahoma in 2009.

“I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to Coach La Rocque for bringing me on her staff,” said Owen. “It is a wonderful and exciting opportunity for many reasons but chief among them is that I have been convinced for some time now that she is going to be a great head coach. It is evident all through her playing career to the last seven years of coaching that she is committed to excellence on and off the floor and helping student-athletes become the best versions of themselves. My family and I are fortunate for such an opportunity to work with Coach La Rocque and be at a basketball name like UNLV.”

Bell will begin her 12th year with the Lady Rebel program in the fall, as she first joined the Scarlet & Gray as a player for the 2009-10 season. She is a graduate of Las Vegas’ Durango High School and was a teammate of La Rocque’s. Bell is the first Las Vegas native to both play for the Lady  Rebels and then serve on their coaching staff. During her first six years on the bench, the Lady Rebels reached the postseason twice (WNIT in both 2016-17 and 2017-18) and won the school’s first conference championship in 24 years as they claimed the 2017-18 Mountain West regular-season championship with a school-record 14-4 mark in MW play. She oversaw player development, seeing much success with the guards as three players (Dakota Gonzalez, Brooke Johnson (twice), Nikki Wheatley (twice)) earned All-MW honors over the past four seasons. 

Bell still ranks in the top 10 all-time at UNLV in numerous statistical categories, including third all-time in total assists (434) and three-point percentage (36.2%). She earned third team All-Mountain West honors after leading the Lady Rebels to a 22-10 mark that included a second-place finish in the league and a trip to the 2012 Postseason WNIT. Bell earned her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in December of 2013.

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Coach La Rocque’s staff,” said Bell. “I’ve had the privilege of knowing Lindy for well over a decade. She brings a wealth of knowledge and tons of success with her and I’m excited to assist her in building something special here at UNLV.”

Enemkpali comes to Las Vegas from UC Santa Barbara, where she spent two years as an assistant coach for the Gauchos. Her duties at UCSB included skill development of the post players, and she helped develop Ila Lane into the nation’s No. 1 rebounder and Big West Freshman of the Year in 2019-20. She was named one of the 50 Impactful Assistants in Division I Women’s Basketball by Silver Waves Media following the season with the Gauchos before joining the UNLV staff.

“I am excited to be joining the Lady Rebel family!” said Ememkpali. “Coach La Rocque’s pedigree speaks for itself, she understands what it takes to excel and win at the highest level. I am excited for the opportunity to work alongside her and witness the growth of this program!” 

Enemkpali’s first collegiate job was at Gonzaga University, where she spent two seasons as video coordinator as the Bulldogs posted a 53-13 overall record and won two West Coast Conference titles, making two NCAA appearances (2016-18).

She had a stellar playing career at the University of Texas where she was a three-time All-Big 12 selection. She averaged 10.0 points and 8.0 rebounds over her four years, and finished ranked 10th all-time in Longhorns history in total rebounds (899) and 30th in points (1,116). In addition to being an Academic All-Big 12 selection three times, she was also recognized as a Senior CLASS Award Second Team All-American for excellence in the community, classroom, character and competition.

Following her career at Texas, she was drafted in the third round (26th overall) of the 2015 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm, but missed the season due to a knee injury suffered during her senior year. She earned her degree from Texas in African American and African Diaspora Studies and was named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll multiple times.

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL READY FOR MONDAY’S MW QUARTERFINAL MATCHUP WITH SAN JOSE STATE

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL READY FOR MONDAY’S MW QUARTERFINAL MATCHUP WITH SAN JOSE STATE

 

Lady Rebels are 20-3 all-time against the Spartans in Las Vegas, 1-0 in MW Tournament play

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The UNLV Lady Rebels will open play in the 2020 Air Force Reserve Women’s Mountain West Championship Quarterfinals Monday afternoon as the fifth-seeded Lady Rebels will face the fourth-seed San Jose State Spartans at 2:30 pm in the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV is looking for both its first win over SJSU this season after being swept by the Spartans, as well as looking to advance to the semifinals for the first time since the 2017 tournament.

There will be a live video stream available on the Mountain West Network, with the link also available on UNLVRebels.com. Krista Blunk (play-by-play) and Tammy Blackburn (color analyst) will provide the call, while Wyatt Tomchek (play-by-play) and will handle the UNLV radio broadcast on UNLVRebels.com.

 

UNLV Game Notes

♦  The Lady Rebels are looking to change their recent fortune in the conference tournament, as UNLV has fallen in the quarterfinal round in the past two seasons. The last win for UNLV in the MW Championships was a 25-point win over Utah State in the 2017 Quarterfinals.
♦  This is only the second time the Lady Rebels and the Spartans have met in the conference tournament. The first meeting was in the 2014 tournament, as the seventh-seed UNLV topped 10th-seed San Jose State 78-75 in the first round.
♦  That tournament meeting is also the only time the teams have met in the Thomas & Mack Center. All-time UNLV is 20-3 against the Spartans in Las Vegas.
♦  Senior Rodjanae Wade is having a tremendous final season for the Lady Rebels, as she currently ranks first in the nation in offensive rebounding (5.5 rpg) and is third in double-doubles (20), has tied the UNLV school season double-double record and needs one to tie the MW record.
♦  The 2019-20 UNLV Lady Rebel squad is one of the youngest and least experienced teams in the Mountain West this season after graduating four senior starters. UNLV has 10 underclassmen on this year’s squad, with seven freshmen and three sophomores, while the four-member senior class had a total of two career starts (as a Lady Rebel) entering the season.

Lady Rebels Begin MW Championship Play Monday With Quarterfinal Contest Against San Jose State

UNLV LADY REBELS BEGINS MW CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY MONDAY

Fifth-seed Lady Rebels open the 2020 tournament with a rematch against fourth-seed San Jose State in a quarterfinal contest

 

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The UNLV women’s basketball team will be the fifth seed in next week’s 2020 Air Force Reserve Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championships, which will be held at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas from March 1-4. UNLV finished a tie for fifth place with San Diego State as both teams posted 9-9 conference marks, but the Lady Rebels held the tiebreaker thanks to their 1-1 record against the second-seed Boise State, who the Aztecs were 0-2 against this season.

 

UNLV (13-16 overall) will open the tournament in the quarterfinals on Monday at 2:30 pm against fourth-seed San Jose State. The winner of Monday’s contest will advance to the semifinals on Tuesday. The Mountain West Network will produce and broadcast live streams of the first nine women’s basketball tournament games. These games will be available on the Mountain West Network at TheMW.com. The championship game will be shown live on CBS Sports Network.

 

The Lady Rebels have faced San Jose State once before in Mountain West Tournament play, as the seventh-seeded Lady Rebels held off the 10th-seed Spartans 78-75 in the first round of the 2014 tournament. UNLV was swept by the Spartans this season, a last-second loss to the Spartans in San Jose on Jan. 15, and a 13-point home loss to SJSU Thursday night. This is the fourth time in tournament play the Lady Rebels’ first tournament was a rematch of their season finale. UNLV has gone 2-2 in such games in tournament play, with the last occurance coming in the 2011 tournament when UNLV fell to Utah 55-44 in the first round. The Lady Rebels are also 20-3 all-time against SJSU in Las Vegas, with one of the three losses coming this season.

 

The Lady Rebels are 9-10 in their first game of the tournament, which for the first eight years of the conference was their quarterfinal contest, before three years of a double-bye system. UNLV is 7-14 all-time as the lower seed in the MW Tournament.

 

This is the Lady Rebels’ sixth time as a No. 5 seed in the MW Tournament. UNLV was the fifth seed in the inaugural tournament in 2000, and again in 2001, 2005, 2015 and 2019. UNLV advanced to the semifinals as a No. 5 seed in both 2000 and 2005, where it eventually fell to the No. 1 seed both times.

 

Kathy Olivier, in her 11-year as the Lady Rebels’ head coach, is 6-11 all-time with UNLV in the MW Tournament, while the Lady Rebels have an 12-20 (.375) tournament record. UNLV has advanced to the championship game once (2002), and has eight semifinal appearances in the 19-year history of the league.

The tournament starts with the first round on Sunday, March 1 with games at 2, 4:30 and 7 pm. Quarterfinal action begins on Monday, March 2 (12, 2:30, 6 and 8:30 pm), the semifinals are on Tuesday, March 3 (6, 8:30 pm) with the championship slated for Wednesday, March 4 at 7 pm. The winner of the tournament will receive the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

All-session and single-session tickets for the 2020 Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championship are now on sale at the Thomas & Mack Center box office, online at UNLVTickets.com or by calling 702-739-FANS.

Lady Rebels Play Two Of Final Three At Home Starting Saturday Against San Diego State

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYS TWO OF FINAL THREE AT HOME STARTING SATURDAY AGAINST SDSU

 

Free pre-game clinic will be held from 1-2 pm for kids in grades 2-8

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UNLV is looking to snap its longest losing streak of the season Saturday, as the Lady Rebels hosts the San Diego State Aztecs in a key game for both teams at 3 pm in the Cox Pavilion. Before the game UNLV is hosting a free basketball clinic for girls and boys in grades 2-8 from 1-2 pm in the Mendenhall Center, and all participants will receive free admission to the contest.

 

Tickets for UNLV women’s basketball are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and staff, while kids 17 and under are free at UNLV Lady Rebel contests. Tickets are also $3 off if bought online at UNLVRebels.com by the night before the game.

There will be a live video stream available on the Mountain West Network, with the link also available on UNLVRebels.com. Ben Wilson will provide the call, while Wyatt Tomchek (play-by-play) and will handle the radio broadcast on KBAD 920 AM.

 

UNLV Game Notes

♦  A win for the Lady Rebels Saturday would clinch a higher seed over San Diego State in next month’s Mountain West Tournament, while a loss would force a tie in the standings and give the tiebreaker to the Aztecs.

♦  UNLV is currently alone in fifth place in the MW at 8-7 in league play, one game behind third place San Jose State and Wyoming, and one game ahead of both the Aztecs and UNR.
♦  The Lady Rebels would clinch a first round bye with two wins in their final three games, as the top five teams in the standings will advance straight to the quarterfinal round on March 2.
♦  Senior Rodjanae Wade is having a tremendous final season for the Lady Rebels, as she currently ranks third in the nation in double-doubles (17), is second in offensive rebounding (5.0 rpg) and 14th in overall rebounds per game (10.8 rpg).
♦  UNLV is winning off defense, as the Lady Rebels are currently second in the MW in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense as well as No. 5 in the nation in three-point field goal defense at 23.3%. UNLV is also leading the league in rebound margin for the fifth straight season.
♦  The 2019-20 UNLV Lady Rebel squad are one of the youngest and least experienced teams in the Mountain West this season after graduating four senior starters. UNLV has 10 underclassmen on this year’s squad, with seven freshmen and three sophomores, while the four-member senior class had a total of two career starts (as a Lady Rebel) entering the season.

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SET FOR WEDNESDAY ROAD CONTEST AT COLORADO STATE

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SET FOR WEDNESDAY ROAD CONTEST AT COLORADO STATE

 

Lady Rebels looking for first win in Fort Collins since 2008

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UNLV hopes to bounce back on Wednesday night and snap a three-game losing streak, as the Lady Rebels will face Colorado State in Fort Collins in a 6 pm tip. The Lady Rebels are also looking for a rare win on the road against the Rams, as they haven’t won on CSU’s home court since the 2007-08 season, a span of nine games.

 

There will be a live video stream available on the Mountain West Network, with the link also available on UNLVRebels.com. Wyatt Tomchek (play-by-play) will and Mark Wasik (color analyst) will handle the radio broadcast which can be accessed on UNLVRebels.com.

 

UNLV Game Notes

♦  Moby Arena is also the only road facility that UNLV head coach Kathy Olivier has never won in while leading the Lady Rebels, though the last two games came right down to the end, a pair of three-point losses in the 2016-17 and 2018-19 seasons (UNLV did not play CSU in a road game in 2017-18).
♦  UNLV is currently tied fourth in the Mountain West, along with Wyoming, and both teams hold a game and a half lead over San Diego State with the top-five teams earning first round byes in next month’s Mountain West Tournament. With four games left in the regular season, UNLV would clinch an opening round bye with two more wins.
♦  UNLV is winning off defense, as the Lady Rebels are currently second in the MW in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense as well as No. 5 in the nation in three-point field goal defense at 23.3%. UNLV is also leading the league in rebound margin for the fifth straight season.

♦  UNLV senior forward Rodjanae Wade is currently third in the nation in both double-doubles (16) and offensive rebounds per game (4.9 rpg).
♦  The 2019-20 UNLV Lady Rebel squad are one of the youngest and least experienced teams in the Mountain West this season after graduating four senior starters. UNLV has 10 underclassmen on this year’s squad, with seven freshmen and three sophomores, while the four-member senior class had a total of two career starts (as a Lady Rebel) entering the season.

Lady Rebels End First Half Of MW Schedule Saturday At San Diego State

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ENDS FIRST HALF OF MW SCHEDULE SATURDAY AT SAN DIEGO STATE

Lady Rebels have won seven of their past eight, looking for a sixth straight win over the Aztecs

 

 

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Saturday’s matchup between UNLV and San Diego State will mark the end of the first half of the Mountain West schedule for the Lady Rebels, as they bring a 6-2 conference record into Viejas Arena for the 1 pm contest.

 

There will be a live video stream available on the Mountain West Network, with the link also available on UNLVRebels.com. Wyatt Tomchek (play-by-play) and Mark Wasik (color analyst) will handle the radio broadcast, also on UNLVRebels.com.

 

UNLV Game Notes

♦  After being picked seventh in the preseason poll, UNLV is one of the two surprises of the conference season thus far, especially after a 3-8 start to the season. The Lady Rebels have won seven of their past eight games, and are currently tied third in the MW along with Boise State.
♦  SDSU meanwhile was picked fifth in the preseason poll but stand seventh with a 3-6 mark after its first nine games.
♦ UNLV has won five straight against the Aztecs, including the past two seasons in San Diego, both by double-digit margins.
♦ The Lady Rebels currently rank in the top-two of the MW in almost every defensive category, including scoring defense, field goal defense and rebound margin and three-point field goal defense, where UNLV is fifth in the nation at 23.7%.
♦  The 2019-20 UNLV Lady Rebel squad are one of the youngest and least experienced teams in the Mountain West this season after graduating four senior starters. UNLV has 10 underclassmen on this year’s squad, with seven freshmen and three sophomores, while the four-member senior class had a total of two career starts (as a Lady Rebel) entering the season.

Lady Rebels Use Fourth Quarter Rally For Thrilling 66-65 Victory Over Preseason MW-Favorite Boise State

UNLV USES BIG FOURTH QUARTER RALLY FOR THRILLING 66-65 VICTORY OVER PRESEASON MW-FAVORITE BOISE STATE

 

Win streak increases to four, the longest in almost two years for the Lady Rebels

 

 

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LaTecia Smith’s driving layup with 6.2 seconds to go capped a game-ending 15-3 run for UNLV, giving the Lady Rebels a thrilling 66-65 upset victory over Mountain West preseason favorites Boise State Wednesday afternoon in front of over 1,600 fans on Lady Rebel School Day from the Cox Pavilion. It was the fourth straight win for the Lady Rebels, giving them their longest win streak since February of 2018, to improve them to 7-8 overall, and 3-1 in league play. The Broncos meanwhile dropped to 11-6, and 3-2 in the conference.

 

UNLV came into the game with the top field goal defense in the MW, but that didn’t stop the Broncos at the start, as BSU hit 16-of-27 (59.3%) from the floor over the first 20 minutes to open up a 39-29 halftime advantage. The Lady Rebels cut into the lead several times in the second quarter, but the Broncos would answer back with timely three-point shots, as they hit 5-of-10 over the first two quarters. That included a pair from Riley Lupfer in the final 1:35, and she finished the half with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from deep.

 

It was a different story in the second quarter, as UNLV held the Broncos to just 27.6% shooting (8-of-29), including only three made field goals in the fourth quarter, while Lupfer was shut down, missing all five of her three-point shots after halftime and scoring just two points.

 

THE TURNING POINT: Despite the better defensive play in the third quarter, UNLV still trailed by seven, 57-50, at the end of the period, and BSU pushed its edge to 11, 62-51, at the 8:33 mark of the fourth quarter. The Lady Rebels then shut the Broncos down, allowing just one field goal the rest of the way, as BSU would miss its next eight shots and 10 of its final 11 from the floor while being forced into three turnovers. Despite a run of missed free throws (just 2-of-8 in the fourth), the Lady Rebels slowly chipped away at the deficit, eventually trying the game at 62-62 on a layup from freshman Isis Bey with 1:32 on the clock. Boise snapped the 11-0 run with a three-pointer on the other end, but that was countered by a jumper by Smith in the paint to bring UNLV within 65-64.

 

FINAL MINUTE OF PLAY: A BSU miss on the other end gave UNLV the ball back with under 30 seconds, and the Lady Rebs called time with 11.9 seconds on the clock, setting up the game-winning layup by Smith as she took the pass, faked towards the short corner before reversing back and dribbling around a screen into the paint where she split four defenders before sinking her layup attempt off the glass. Lupfer’s final shot attempt for Boise was off the mark, giving the victory to the Lady Rebels.

 

LADY REBEL OF THE GAME: Senior forward Rodjanae Wade notched her third straight double-double and eighth overall of the season with game-highs of 21 points off 7-of-13 shooting and also a game-high 14 rebounds. She was also key in helping to foul out Bronco starter A’Shanti Coleman, who averages 10 points a game but finished with just two points, and UNLV outscored the Broncos 13-3 after she picked up her fifth foul of the afternoon.

 

STAT OF THE GAME: In the deciding fourth quarter, UNLV shot 53.8% (7-of-13) from the floor, while Boise State shot just 23.1% (3-of-13).

 

LADY REBEL NOTES

* – Joining Wade in double-figure scoring was Smith with 12 points, eight of which came in the fourth quarter where she shot 4-of-5 from the floor. She also added four steals, and has 23 in the last six games.

* – UNLV’s freshmen class made big plays in the victory, as center Isis Bey played the majority of the fourth quarter during the game-winning rally and posted six points and three rebounds. Anna Blount added four points, while starting point guard Melanie Isbell dished out five assists to zero turnovers in the game.

* – UNLV is now a perfect 3-0 on Lady Rebel School Day, having defeated UC Irvine in 2017-18 and Air Force last season. The Lady Rebels have another school day game coming up this season, Feb. 5 against Utah State.

 

NEXT TIME OUT: UNLV will take on Wyoming in the only meeting between the two in the regular season this year Saturday afternoon at 3 pm in the Cox Pavilion. Prior to the game, a free basketball clinic for girls and boys in grades 2-8 will be held at the Mendenhall Center starting at 1 pm, registration information is available at ladyrebelbasketballcamps.com.

UNLV LADY REBELS SELECTED SEVENTH IN PRESEASON MOUNTAIN WEST POLL

UNLV LADY REBELS SELECTED SEVENTH IN PRESEASON MOUNTAIN WEST POLL

Two conference honorees return for the Lady Rebels for the 2019-20 season
 
UNLV women’s basketball was picked seventh in the 2019-20 Mountain West preseason poll that was released by the league office Thursday. Voting on the preseason poll, as well as the preseason all-conference team, were all 11 head coaches as well as select media members.
 
The Lady Rebels, who finished tied for fifth a year ago, return just 32% of its scoring from a year ago after graduating four senior starters and one key backup. Among the returnees however is 2018-19 Mountain West 6th Player of the Year Rodjanae Wade, a senior center who was third on the team in scoring with 8.1 ppg and second in rebounding with 5.9 rpg. Another key returnee is junior guard Bailey Thomas, a starter who earned All-MW Defensive team honors a year ago. The Lady Rebels will also feature a top-60 ranked six-member freshman class.
 
Defending champion Boise State is the preseason favorite with 305 points and 25 first place votes, while New Mexico had three first-place votes and came second in the poll at 280. Fresno State was third with 228, Wyoming fourth (20), San Diego State fifth (185) and Colorado State sixth (185). Following the Lady Rebels was Utah State in eighth (116), just one vote ahead of UNR (115). Air Force was 10th (85), while San Jose State rounded out the poll in 11th with 77 points.
 
The Lady Rebels will play another challenging schedule this season, starting with the season opener against Cal State Fullerton Nov. 9 in the Thomas & Mack Center, followed by another game in the TMC five days later against Duke (Nov. 14). Other highlights of the schedule includes a road game at USC (Dec. 14) and the Duel In the Desert tournament in December, in which UNLV host Virginia (Dec. 20) and then either preseason top-10 Mississippi State or USF Dec. 21. The Lady Rebels open the MW season right after Thanksgiving, with a home contest against Fresno State Dec. 3.
 
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UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Bailey Thomas Named Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District Second

UNLV’S BAILEY THOMAS NAMED TO GOOGLE CLOUD CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM

Sophomore guard was a second-team selection

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UNLV’s Bailey Thomas was voted to the Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Women’s Basketball Second Team, the organization of sports information directors (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday. Thomas is the first Lady Rebel to earn academic all-district honors since Brittany Halberg was a first-team selection in the 2008-09 season.

Thomas, a sophomore guard and native of Las Vegas, is in her first year on the court with the Lady Rebels after playing at West Virginia before transferring to UNLV in the summer of 2017. She received her first career start in a road game at Duke on Dec. 6, and has been in the starting lineup ever since. Her defensive play has been a big key to the Lady Rebels ranking second in the Mountain West in field goal percentage defense in league play. Her 25 steals is ranked third on the team, and she recently set a new career-high with nine points in UNLV’s 74-70 victory over San Jose State Feb. 16.

A three-time member of the Dean’s Honor List at UNLV, Thomas carries a cumulative GPA of 3.96 while majoring in accounting. Student-athletes must be in at least their second season, hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 and be a starter or important reserve to be eligible for the Google Cloud Academic All-District teams. District VIII is made up of schools in California, Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Utah.

NEXT TIME OUT: UNLV will face the San Diego State Aztecs in a key road contest Saturday afternoon at 1 pm. There will be both a live video stream and radio broadcast of the contest, available on UNLVRebels.com.

Lady Rebels Face UNR On The Road Wednesday In Silver State Series Contest

UNLV LADY REBELS FACES UNR ON THE ROAD IN SILVER STATE SERIES CONTEST

Lady Rebels lead the all-times series with the Wolf Pack 35-10

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The UNLV Lady Rebels and in-state rival UNR face off for the first time this season Wednesday night, as the two will tip off at 6:30 pm in Reno in the first of two regular season games in the Silver State Series, the all-sports competition between the two schools sponsored by IBEW and Nevada Donor Network.

There will be a live video stream of the contest on the MW Network, while the radio broadcast will feature the call of Wyatt Tomchek and Mark Wasik. Both the video stream and the radio broadcast can be accessed at UNLVRebels.com.

UNLV Game Notes  ♦ A year ago, the Wolf Pack won the game in Reno in the last week of the regular season, and then stunned UNLV in the MW Quarterfinals in a 77-73 double-overtime win, the first-ever loss by the Lady Rebels in Las Vegas in the all-time series. ♦ While UNR has won two straight against UNLV, the Lady Rebels have historically dominated the series with a 35-10 all-time record against their in-state rival. That includes a 16-8 record in Reno. ♦ After opening the MW season with back-to-back road games, both losses, the Lady Rebels have rebounded to win four of their last five games. All four wins were by at least nine points as well. ♦ UNLV has been showing marked improvement on defense in conference action, holding five of its past seven opponents to under 58 points. ♦ UNR has yet to win a conference game at home this season, though two losses were by a combined three points (New Mexico and Boise State). 

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: December Games Against USC And Duke Highlight Lady Rebels 2018-19 Schedule

UNLV LADY REBELS 2018-19 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

First-ever meeting with Duke, potential three December games against Power 5 schools highlight this year’s slate

Coming off back-to-back postseason appearances and the first conference regular season title in 24 years, UNLV women’s basketball head coach Kathy Olivier had no plans in stepping back her team’s schedule for the 2018-19 season, as the Lady Rebels could play a potential 17 contests against teams that reached the postseason a year ago. The program’s 29-regular season slate was announced by the athletics department Tuesday.

“This schedule will make us better as long as we have excellent leadership,” said Olivier, starting her 11th season at the helm of the Scarlet and Gray. “We clearly love to compete against the best, and they are going to have their chance to face some outstanding teams this season. Our team knows it’s going to be a challenge, but they also realize that this will get us ready for a tough Mountain West conference. We will need the senior leadership the entire year for us to succeed against this type of schedule, and everyone will need to be ready to step up for us to compete for another conference championship.”

While UNLV will be challenged right from the start with three straight games against postseason teams, the early highlight of this year’s schedule will come in the month of December. The Lady Rebels begin the month with a home contest Dec. 1 against USC in the Thomas & Mack Center, part of a double-header with the Runnin’ Rebels who will follow with a matchup against Cincinnati. That will be followed by a trip to the East Coast, where the Lady Rebels will meet Duke for the first time in school history, with a Dec. 6 contest at historic Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Lady Rebels will also host the Duel In The Desert tournament for the second straight year, as the previously announced tournament will see UNLV host Hawaii before a potential second game against either Florida or former conference rival Utah.

UNLV will open the season at home Nov. 9 against Wright State, a WNIT participant from the Horizon League. After a road trip to UC Irvine, the Lady Rebels will host Gonzaga in its first trip to the UNLV campus on Nov. 17. The following weekend will be the annual Lady Rebel Round-Up, where UNLV opens the four-team tournament against UC Santa Barbara. The Thanksgiving tournament, which also features Dartmouth and Middle Tennessee, will run Nov. 24-25 in the Cox Pavilion.

This year’s Mountain West schedule format will again be 18 games, with the Lady Rebels facing eight teams home and away, and two teams just once. This year’s teams that UNLV will play just once are Utah State, who the Lady Rebels will face in Las Vegas (Feb. 2), and Fresno State (Feb. 9) in Fresno, California.

UNLV has perhaps the toughest opening two-game stretch in the league, with back-to-back road games at Colorado State (Jan. 2) and at Wyoming (Jan. 5) before returning to Las Vegas to face New Mexico in its conference home opener (Jan. 9).

The Lady Rebels, who shared the 2017-18 MW regular season title with Boise State, will face the Broncos twice this season, at home on Feb. 6, and in Boise, Idaho March 2. UNLV’s second bye of the conference season will be on March 3, before hosting Colorado State on Senior Night March 7. The Lady Rebels’ two games in the Governor’s Series, the all-sports competition against UNR, will be Jan. 30 in Reno and Feb. 27 in Las Vegas.

Another highlight during the conference season will be the team’s second Lady Rebel School Day, which is set for Wednesday, Jan. 16 against Air Force with a 12 pm start in the Thomas & Mack Center. Last year over 1,000 local elementary students attended the game after taking a tour of the UNLV campus.

This season’s MW Tournament will again be held in the Thomas & Mack Center. The first round will begin Sunday, March 10 with three games, and then four more games will be played March 11, and the semifinals at night March 12. The championship game will be played Wednesday, March 13.

The Lady Rebels return four senior starters, center Katie Powell (2017-18 All-MW), guard Nikki Wheatley (MW Honorable Mention), and forwards Paris Strawther and Jordyn Bell from last year’s team that finished with a 19-12 record, tied for first in the MW with a school-record 14-4 league mark and received an at-large bid to the Postseason WNIT. Five newcomers will join the Lady Rebels on the court this season: transfers Bailey Thomas (West Virginia), LaTecia Smith (Seton Hall) and Haley Bodnar Rydalch (BYU), Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year Justice Ethridge from Centennial HS, and point guard Kambrayla Elzy from Tulare, California.

Season tickets for the 2018-19 Lady Rebel season are now on sale, starting at just $65 for the 16-game home slate which includes December’s Duel In The Desert event as well. Fans can purchase at either UNLVtickets.com or by calling 702-739-FANS (3267).

UNLV Lady Rebel 2018-19 Non-Conference Opponent Briefs

Game 1 – Wright State
Friday, Nov. 9 – Cox Pavilion
2017-18 Record: 23-11 (WNIT First Round)
Series Record: First Meeting
Notes: This will be the seventh straight year UNLV has opened the season in Las Vegas, but the second straight in the Cox Pavilion since Kathy Olivier’s first year in 2008-09, after playing the previous five openers in the Thomas & Mack Center … UNLV will face a team from the Horizon League for the first time since a win at Detroit in the 2004-05 season.

Game 2 – at UC Irvine
Tuesday, Nov. 13 – Irvine, California
2017-18 Record: 18-14 (WBI First Round)
Series Record: UNLV leads 30-4
Notes: This is the fourth straight season the teams have met, and UNLV has won the first three, including a 73-54 victory over the Anteaters on Nov. 14 in Las Vegas.

Game 3 – Gonzaga
Saturday, Nov. 17 – Cox Pavilion
2017-18 Record: 27-6 (NCAA First Round)
Series Record: UNLV leads 1-0
Notes: UNLV won the first meeting between the two schools a year ago, with a 52-50 upset victory on Dec. 9, 2017 that snapped Gonzaga’s 10-game home win streak … Jordyn Bell tied the game with 27 seconds left and Katie Powell’s offensive rebound and putback with 25 seconds to go off a missed free throw gave the Lady Rebels the victory.

Game 4 – UC Santa Barbara
Lady Rebel Round-Up First Round

Saturday, Nov. 24 – 12 pm – Cox Pavilion
2017-18 Record: 12-17
Series Record: UNLV leads 28-8
Notes: This will be the first trip to UNLV for the Gauchos since a Dec. 30, 2001 contest that was won by the Lady Rebels 71-62 … UNLV won the last meeting between the two thanks to a buzzer-beating jumper by current assistant coach Mia Bell for a 46-44 win on Dec. 10, 2012 in Santa Barbara.

Potential Game 5 – Dartmouth
Lady Rebel Round-Up Consolation/Championship Game
Sunday, Nov. 25 – Cox Pavilion
2017-18 Record: 15-12
Series Record: 1-0
Notes: This would be the only the second game ever for UNLV against an Ivy League school, after a 93-46 win over Columbia in Honolulu on Dec. 29, 2010.

Potential Game 5 – Middle Tennessee
Lady Rebel Round-Up Consolation/Championship Game
Sunday, Nov. 25 – Cox Pavilion
2017-18 Record: 18-13 (WNIT First Round)
Series Record: MTSU leads 1-0
Notes: In the only previous game against the Lady Raiders, UNLV fell in overtime 85-82 in the consolation game of the Las Vegas Club Shootout in the North Gym on Dec. 6, 1998.

Game 6 – USC
Saturday, Dec. 1 – Cox Pavilion
2017-18 Record: 20-11
Series Record: UNLV leads 5-4
Notes: UNLV will host the Trojans for the second time in three years, while this is the third meeting in four years for the two schools … The Lady Rebels knocked off USC 77-66 in the Thomas & Mack Center on Nov. 19, 2016, which gave UNLV its first win over a Pac-12 school since 2003-04.

Game 7 – at Duke
Thursday, Dec. 6 – Durham, North Carolina

2017-18 Record: 24-9 (NCAA Sweet 16)
Series Record: First Meeting
Notes: The two schools have never met before in the sport of women’s basketball … This will be UNLV’s first trip to North Carolina since a 78-66 loss at No. 12 North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Dec. 12, 2010.

Game 8 – at South Carolina State
Saturday, Dec. 8 – Orangeburg, South Carolina

2017-18 Record: 12-17
Series Record: First Meeting
Notes: This will be the first meeting between the schools and first-ever trip to the state of South Carolina for the Lady Rebels … UNLV is 2-1 all-time against schools from the MEAC.

Game 9 – at Portland State
Saturday, Dec. 15 – Portland, Oregon

2016-17 Record: 19-13
Series Record: UNLV leads 1-0
Notes: The teams met in the 2017-18 season opener, and saw UNLV pull off a school-record comeback for an 88-80 overtime victory in Las Vegas on Nov. 10 after trailing by 21 points with five minutes to play in the fourth quarter.

Game 10 – Hawaii
Duel In The Desert – Rebel Division Game One
Wednesday, Dec. 19 – Cox Pavilion

2017-18 Record: 12-18
Series Record: UNLV leads 32-15
Notes: UNLV and the Rainbow Wahine last faced each other in the consolation game of the Bank of America Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu on Nov. 23, 2014, a 79-70 victory for the home squad … The last meeting in Las Vegas was a 67-54 victory by the Lady Rebels on Dec. 20, 2009 in the semifinals of the Duel In The Desert … This will be Hawaii’s third appearance in the Duel In The Desert after also appearing in 2017.

Potential Game 11 – Florida
Duel In The Desert – Rebel Division Consolation/Championship Game
Friday, Dec. 21 – Cox Pavilion
2017-18 Record: 11-19

Series Record: UNLV leads 1-0
Notes: UNLV opened the 1989-90 season with a 73-49 home victory over the Gators in the UNLV/7-Up Desert Classic on Nov. 24, in the only meeting between the two schools … The Lady Rebels have played a school from the SEC the past two seasons, Ole Miss in 2016-17 and Mississippi State in 2017-18.

Potential Game 11 – Utah
Duel In The Desert – Rebel Division Consolation/Championship Game
Friday, Dec. 21 – Cox Pavilion
2017-18 Record: 18-14 (WNIT Second Round)

Series Record: Utah leads 32-14
Notes: This would be a rematch of a 2018 WNIT Postseason contest between the two schools, won by Utah in Salt Lake City 78-68 on March 15 … Utah has won all three meetings between the two schools since the Utes left the Mountain West after the 2010-11 season, though two of the three games were in Salt Lake City.

Clark County Names April 3 As UNLV Lady Rebels Day

CLARK COUNTY NAMES APRIL 3 AS UNLV LADY REBELS DAY
 
UNLV is honored for their conference championship season
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018, has been proclaimed as “UNLV Lady Rebels Day,” by the Clark County Board of Commissioners.
 
Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak presented UNLV Lady Rebel head coach Kathy Olivier, along with selected players, with the proclamation on Tuesday at the meeting of the Clark County Commission.
 
The Lady Rebels were honored for their outstanding season, as UNLV claimed its first-ever Mountain West championship, the first conference title of any kind for the team since 1994, after winning the regular season title with a 14-4 league mark. That was a new school record for total MW victories, topping last season’s 12-6 mark. UNLV also made an appearance in the postseason for the second straight season after earning an automatic bid to the WNIT, giving the team consecutive postseason appearances for the first time since 2004-05 and 2005-06.
 
A league-best three Lady Rebels earned MW All-Conference honors as well, while senior guard Brooke Johnson, the lone starter the team will lose, was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year.

Lady Rebels Announce Summer 2018 Camp Dates

UNLV LADY REBELS ANNOUNCE SUMMER CAMP DATES
 
Elite camp starts off the summer on June 22, Individual camp runs from June 25-27
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The UNLV women’s basketball program will host three 2018 summer camps over the last two weeks of June, including a three-day individual camp that will have both a girl’s and boy’s division. 
 
First up will be the Elite Camp, on Friday, June 22. That will be followed by the Team Camp, from Saturday, June 23-Sunday, June 24, and the week will be capped by the Lady Rebel Individual Camp, on Monday, June 25-Wednesday, June 27.

Details of the camps are explained below. More information and required forms are available on the camp website at www.unlvwomensbasketballcamps.com

Elite Camp

When: Friday, June 22, 12 pm-6 pm

Ages: Girls entering grade 9-12

Cost: $90/Camper 

The Elite Camp is for the advanced player, entering grades 9-12, who is looking to play basketball at the next level. Emphasis will be placed on individual instruction, offensive and defensive concepts, and utilizing these skills and concepts in game settings.

Do you have what it takes to participate in a full Division I women’s basketball practice? If so, this is the camp for you. Only the strong will survive our Elite Camp!

Elite Camp Features

  • Intense competition and college-style drills
  • First-hand instruction from head coach Kathy Olivier and staff
  • UNLV Nike participation package
  • Awards for competition

Team Camp

When: Saturday, June 24-Sunday, June 25

For: All Club, Varsity, JV and Middle School Teams

Cost: $500 for one team or $950 for two teams, $250 for Middle School

Great facilities and competition divided up according to level of play make this camp a must for all teams! Develop offensive and defensive fundamentals as a squad, while being exposed to a DI basketball atmosphere on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

High school coaches ARE allowed to coach their own team. Each team must have an adult coach and that coach must register the team. Teams are responsible for their own meals and lodging, but for discounted rates we encourage you to register at one of our two host hotels. Check out our website www.unlvwomensbasketballcamps.com for more details on hotels.

Team Camp Features

  • 4-game guarantee (3-game for middle school)
  • Participation in team-building exercises and demonstrations
  • Experienced and qualified referees for every game
  • UNLV Hoops t-shirt for each camper
  • Camp store to purchase snacks, drinks, Nike t-shirts, etc.
Individual Camp

When: June 25-27
MondayWednesday9 am-3 pm

Ages: Scarlet Division – Girls in grades 2-12
Gray Division – Girls in grades 2-8
Boys Division – Boys in grades 2-6

Cost: $175/Camper 

Our most popular camp, for those in grades 2-12, day camp focuses on fundamentals of the game taught in a fun, enthusiastic atmosphere. Drills are led by Coach Olivier, her coaching staff, and current members of the UNLV Women’s Basketball team. Stations and skill work will include passing, dribbling, shooting, and rebounding.

Individual Camp Features

  • UNLV Hoops T-shirt and basketball for each camper
  • Daily games, contests, and instruction
  • Awards for competitions
  • Individual instruction for each camper
  • Written camper evaluations

*Participate in the team camp and attend the Individual Camp for $125! 

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Lady Rebels Play Second Straight On The Road Wednesday At Air Force

UNLV LADY REBELS PLAY SECOND STRAIGHT ON THE ROAD WEDNESDAY AT AIR FORCE

UNLV has won 11 straight in the series with the Falcons
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Matchup UNLV (14-9, 9-3 MW) at Air Force (2-21, 2-10 MW)
Date Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Time 6 p.m. (PT)
Site Clune Arena (5,858), Colorado Springs, Colorado
Video Mountain West Network
Radio UNLV Radio (Wyatt Tomchek, Mark Wasik)
Audio UNLVRebels.com and UNLV Game Day App
Stats Statbroadcast
Twitter @UNLVLadyRebels

UNLV Game Notes | Air Force notes

UNLV LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK WITH SEASON SWEEP…

The Lady Rebels will be playing a second straight road game Wednesday night and are hoping to bounce back from Saturday’s loss by completing a season sweep of Air Force when they face the Falcons in Colorado Springs in a 6 pm (PT) contest in Clune Arena.

The game will be live streamed on the Mountain West and there will also be a radio broadcast with the call of Wyatt Tomchek, with both available through UNLVRebels.com.

UNLV saw its four-game win streak snapped in its last game, a 69-56 setback at Wyoming as the Cowgirls connected on 12 of its first 15 shots from three-point range. That loss dropped the Lady Rebels down into a tie for first place with the Cowgirls, as both team are 9-3 in league play, while Colorado State is right behind the pair at 10-4.

The good news for UNLV is that its facing an Air Force squad that last in the conference in three-pointers per game at 3.8. In the Lady Rebels’ three conference losses this season, their opponents had connected on 12, 12 and 14 three-pointers. In the first meeting this year, UNLV held a 38-14 edge on points in the paint and shot 54.5% from the floor on the way to a 69-57 victory. UNLV has won 11 straight in the series, with the last loss on Jan. 12, 2013 in Clune Arena.

The Lady Rebels’ success in the conference this season has been fueled by its outstanding post play. UNLV has outscored its past 10 opponents 346-188 on points in the paint while holding a +8.5 rebound margin for the 10 contests. That size shows up even more on the offensive boards, where UNLV is rebounding an impressive 39.8% of its missed shots in MW play. The Lady Rebels are also finding their way to the free throw line, and are currently tied for 20th in the nation with 372 made free throws this season.

Lady Rebels Host Boise State Saturday In Thomas & Mack Center

UNLV LADY REBELS HOST BOISE STATE IN THOMAS & MACK CENTER SATURDAY

Nine former Rebels will be honored at halftime on National Girls & Women In Sports Day

 
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Matchup UNLV (12-8, 7-2 MW) vs Boise State (13-8, 7-3 MW)
Date Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time 3 p.m.
Site Tarkanian Court, Thomas & Mack Center (18,000), Las Vegas
Video Mountain West Network(Wyatt Tomchek, Mark Wasik)
Radio UNLV Radio (Adam Candee, Kevaney Martin)
Audio UNLVRebels.com and UNLV Game Day App
Stats UNLVRebels.com
Twitter @UNLVLadyRebels

UNLV HOSTS BOISE STATE IN KEY MATCHUP…

The UNLV Lady Rebels start the second half of Mountain West play by hosting Boise State in a big conference showdown Saturday in the Thomas & Mack Center at 3 pm. On top of celebrating National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) at UNLV, Saturday’s contest matches up two of the top three teams in the MW. UNLV, winners of seven of its last eight, is currently tied for first place, half a game ahead of the third-place Broncos.

The game will be live streamed on the Mountain West with Wyatt Tomchek, and there will also be a radio broadcast on with the call of Adam Candee and Kevaney Martin, with both available through UNLVRebels.com.

In honor of NGWSD, UNLV is holding a free all-sports clinic before the game for 300 kids in the local community. The first 100 fans to Saturday’s game will also receive a free Like A Lady Rebel T-Shirt, while Moriah Jefferson of the newest Las Vegas professional team, the Las Vegas Aces, will be in attendance at the game as well and will be signing autographs pre-game.

At halftime, UNLV will also honor nine former athletes from its women’s team as part of the NGWSD celebration. The nine Rebels are: Maria Aladjova (volleyball), Amanda Anderson (basketball), Emily Bok (track), Kim Bonney (swimming), Alexis Garrett (tennis), Alexandra Kaui (golf), Cosette Packer (soccer), Jamie Smith (basketball) and Stefany Valentino (volleyball).

Single game ticket prices for the Lady Rebels this season are $8 for adults, $5 if bought online at UNLVTickets.com, while kids 12 and under are free at all UNLV Lady Rebel home contests.

Boise State won the first meeting between the two, thanks mostly to the outside shooting of Riley Lupfer, who knocked down seven three-pointers on the way to 28 points in a 69-60 victory in the league opener for both teams in Boise on Dec. 30. UNLV was without the services of starting points guard Nikki Wheatley in that contest however, and with her in the lineup the Lady Rebels are 4-1 with the only loss coming on a last second shot.

UNLV is 7-2 in MW play for the first time since the 2003-04 squad won seven of its first nine, on the way to a 10-4 league mark and a third-place finish.

The Lady Rebels’ success in the conference this season has been fueled by its outstanding post play. UNLV has outscored its past eight opponents 244-114 on points in the paint while holding a +10.4 rebound margin for the eight contests. That size shows up even more on the offensive boards, where UNLV is rebounding an impressive 40.5% of its missed shots. The Lady Rebels are also finding their way to the free throw line, and are currently tied for 20th in the nation with 320 made free throws this season.

 

Lady Rebels To Host National Girls And Women In Sports Day Saturday

UNLV TO HOST NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY SATURDAY

The Rebel athletic department will host a free sports clinic prior to the Lady Rebel home game versus Boise State

The UNLV Lady Rebels and the UNLV Athletic Department will be honoring the 32nd annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday, February 3, by hosting a free sports clinic prior to the Lady Rebel home game later that afternoon against Boise State in the Thomas & Mack Center.

The day will start with the free sports clinic, as players and staff from several athletic teams at UNLV, including the women’s soccer, volleyball, and pom teams will be helping to run the event for kids (girls and boys) between 2nd and 8th grades at the Mendenhall Center. Doors open at 11:45 for registration while the clinic starts at 12:30 pm with different stations spread out over the Mendenhall Center and the practice courts at the Cox Pavilion. Following the clinic, all participants are invited to attend the UNLV Lady Rebels contest against Boise State for free, with the game starting at 3 pm in the Thomas & Mack Center. All participants will receive a free t-shirt and pizza after the completion of the clinic.
During the Lady Rebel game, several former UNLV female athletes will be in attendance and will be honored on the court at halftime as well, while Mariah Jefferson, of the newest Las Vegas professional team, WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces, will be signing autographs pregame. The first 100 fans to the Boise State game will receive a free Like a Lady Rebel T-shirt.
Advance tickets bought online for the game at UNLVTickets.com are just $5, while kids 12 and under are always free at UNLV Lady Rebel contests. There is also a special $2 ticket price for all CCSD parents, with the code available from your local school.
NGWSD is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports, starting back in 1987. The national-wide celebration is jointly organized by the National Girls and Women in Sport Coalition, and the theme for 2018 is “Play Fair, Play IX.”.
For more information about the event you can contact Rachel Dunn, Lady Rebel Director of Operations, at 702-895-3041 or by email (rachel.dunn@unlv.edu). Space is limited in the pre-game clinic, so fans should sign up soon at UNLVwomensbasketballcamps.com.

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Katie Powell Named Mountain West Player Of The Week

UNLV’S KATIE POWELL NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior forward helped Lady Rebels to 2-0 week and first-place tie in league standings
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UNLV’s Katie Powell was named the Mountain West Women’s Basketball Player of the Week Monday after averaging 18 points per game and leading the Lady Rebels to a 2-0 week with a road win at New Mexico and a home victory over Colorado State, the conference announced Monday. Powell is the first Lady Rebel to receive the conference weekly honor since Dakota Gonzalez was honored on Feb. 13, 2017, while this is the first weekly honor in Powell’s career as well.
 
Powell, a 6-4 junior center and native of Atlanta, Georgia, was key in helping the Lady Rebels extend their win streak to five games. UNLV’s 68-66 victory over New Mexico Jan. 17 snapped the Lobos’ 13-game home win streak, which had been the ninth-longest active streak in the nation. The Lady Rebels’ 56-52 home victory over CSU Jan. 20 snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Rams. The two opponents had entered the games a combined 28-9 before falling to the Lady Rebels last week, who moved back into a tie for first-place in the Mountain West standings at 5-1.
 
In the win against New Mexico, she scored 18 points and tied her season-high with three treys in the road win, giving UNLV a second straight win on the Lobos’ home court. UNM had entered the game shooting 43.5% but her defensive play in the paint helped hold them to 36.8% from the floor, and to 18 points below its season average. Powell also grabbed six rebounds as UNLV held a 41-35 edge on the boards in the victory.
 
Powell made an even bigger impact in the win over CSU, where she also scored 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting and a perfect 4-of-4 at the line. In a tight contest, Colorado State took a two-point lead twice early in the fourth quarter, and both times Powell scored on the other end to tie the game for UNLV. After CSU took a 50-47 advantage with 3:21 to play, Powell answered with a drive down the lane for a layup with 2:57 to go, and then hit a turnaround jumper from behind the free throw line at 1:49 on the clock for four straight points, giving UNLV the lead for good.
NEXT FOR THE LADY REBELS: UNLV plays a second straight home game Wednesday, Jan. 24 when it hosts Fresno State in a 6 pm contest in the Cox Pavilion. It will be both NYS Night and UNLV Appreciation Day at the contest, with four free tickets available for all UNLV Faculty/Staff. More information is available at UNLVTickets.com.
Single-game ticket prices for the Lady Rebels this season are $8 for adults, $5 if bought online at UNLVTickets.com, while kids 12 and under are free at all UNLV Lady Rebel home contests.

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Lady Rebels Host Fresno State Friday In Regular Season Home Finale

UNLV LADY REBELS HOST FRESNO STATE FRIDAY IN REGULAR SEASON HOME FINALE

Lady Rebels playing for top-three tournament seed, both teams will be wearing mismatched socks as part of the “Misfit MARCH Madness” anti-bullying cause
 
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Matchup UNLV (20-9, 11-6 MW) vs. Fresno State (15-13, 8-9 MW)
Date Friday, March 3, 2017
Time 6 p.m.
Site Cox Pavilion (2,500), Las Vegas
Video MW Network (Wyatt Tomchek, Michael Larson)
Radio KSHP 1400 AM (Wyatt Tomchek)
Audio www.KSHP.com/ and UNLV GameDay App
Stats Gametracker
Twitter @UNLVLadyRebels

 

Lady Rebels Playing For Top-Three Seed Friday…

There is plenty at stake in the regular season finale for the Lady Rebels on Friday against Fresno State. Though UNLV has no seniors this year, and thus no Senior Night, that doesn’t take away from the importance of the game as the Lady Rebels can clinch a top-three seed if they claim a win over the Bulldogs, and can even finish second if Wyoming drops its road contest at San Jose State. A loss however sends UNLV into the fourth-seed for next week’s MW Championships.

Both UNLV and Fresno State will be wearing mismatched socks Friday as part of “Misfit MARCH Madness”, a program with the purpose of spreading the message to stand up against bullying. All fans are encouraged to do the same to show their support for the cause.

Friday’s game tips off at 6 pm in the Cox Pavilion, and can be watched on the Mountain West Network at UNLVRebels.com, while the radio broadcast featuring Adam Candee will be available on KSHP 1400 AM and online as well.