UNLV ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGE IN MEN’S BASKETBALL
UNLV LADY REBELS BEGINS MW CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY MONDAY
Fifth-seed Lady Rebels open the 2019 tournament with quarterfinal contest against fourth-seed Fresno State
The UNLV women’s basketball team will be the fifth seed in next week’s 2019 Air Force Reserve Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championships, which will be held at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas from March 10-13. UNLV finished in a tie for fifth place with Utah State as both teams posted 10-8 conference marks, but the Lady Rebels won the tiebreaker thanks to their 77-56 victory over the Aggies in Las Vegas on Feb. 2 in what was the only meeting between the teams in the regular season.
UNLV (12-17 overall) will open the tournament in the quarterfinals on Monday at 2:30 pm against fourth-seed Fresno 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. These broadcasts will also be available over-the-air on Stadium and Stadium’s mobile applications on Apple TV and Roku, Facebook and on UNLVRebels.com. The championship game will be shown live on CBS Sports Network.
The Lady Rebels have faced Fresno State three times in the MW Championships, and lost all three, beginning with an 80-65 loss to the second-seed Bulldogs in the 2014 Quarterfinals. Fresno State then knocked UNLV out of the tournament semifinals in back-to-back years, 66-60 in 2016 again as a two-seed, and in 2017 when it upset the second-seeded Lady Rebels 53-51 as a seventh-seed. The teams met just once this year, a 73-55 loss for the Lady Rebels on Feb. 9 in Fresno after they entered the fourth quarter with a one-point lead. All-time UNLV is 11-9 against Fresno State in Las Vegas, though only 1-7 in the last eight contests.
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 7-13 all-time as the higher seed in the MW Tournament.
This is the Lady Rebels’ fifth 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 and 2015. 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 6-10 all-time with UNLV in the MW Tournament, while the Lady Rebels have an 12-19 (.387) 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 10 with games at 2, 4:30 and 7 pm. Quarterfinal action begins on Monday, March 11 (12, 2:30, 6 and 8:30 pm), the semifinals are on Tuesday, March 12 (6, 8:30 pm) with the championship slated for Wednesday, March 13 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 2019 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.
The UNLV men’s basketball team, which had its three-game win streak snapped with a heartbreaking one-point loss Saturday vs. San Diego State, will travel to Reno, Nevada, to face No. 12/13 UNR on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. at Lawlor Events Center. The game is part of The Silver State Series presented by IBEW and Nevada Donor Network.
Prior to the 60-59 loss to the Aztecs at the Thomas & Mack Center, the Runnin’ Rebels (15-12, 9-6) had defeated Air Force, San Jose State and Wyoming, and enter Wednesday’s contest having won four of their last six. UNLV is currently in fifth place in the Mountain West standings and its nine conference victories are its most since winning 10 league games in 2014.
UNR (25-2, 12-2) is coming off a 74-68 home win over Fresno State on Saturday. The Wolf Pack rebounded after having their 10-game win streak snapped at San Diego State (65-57) last Wednesday. UNR currently holds a half-game lead in the league standings.
In the previous meeting this season between UNLV and the Wolf Pack, UNR won 87-70 at the Thomas & Mack Center on Jan. 29. Senior guard Kris Clyburn led the Runnin’ Rebels in that game with 23 points on 10 of 20 shooting. UNR was led that night by Caleb Martin’s 26 points.
Wednesday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Andrew Catalon and Steve Lappas calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Robert Smith, and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM and online via the UNLV Gameday App and TuneIn (link at UNLVRebels.com
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
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 FACES NEW MEXICO IN CONFERENCE HOME OPENER WEDNESDAY
Lady Rebels have won five straight against the Lobos / UNLV announces facility change for Jan. 26 game vs SDSU
UNLV, the only women’s basketball team in the Mountain West that opened the conference season with two straight road games, is happy to be back on its home court for Wednesday’s MW home opener against the New Mexico Lobos. The contest will tip off at 6 pm in the Cox Pavilion, and tickets for the contest at $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and staff, while kids 17 and under are free at UNLV Lady Rebel contests. Fans can also receive $3 off their admission if they purchase their ticket at UNLVTickets.com at least three hours before the game.
There will be a live video stream of the contest on the MW Network with Wyatt Tomchek as play-by-play and Curtis Stelzer as color, while the radio broadcast will feature the call of Adam Candee. Both the video stream and the radio broadcast can be accessed at UNLVRebels.com.
UNLV Game Notes ♦ The Lady Rebels hope for a change in fortune by playing in front of their home crowd, after suffering three-point loss at Colorado State on a late game-winning three-pointer Jan. 2, while Wyoming used a near-school record shooting performance from three-point range (14-of-23) for a double-digit win over UNLV Jan. 5. ♦ New Mexico brings the nation’s fourth-longest win streak into Wednesday’s contest, as the Lobos have won 11 straight and 12 of 13 this year, with the lone loss a 79-76 setback to Auburn. ♦ The Lobos will be playing just its fifth road game of the season. Two of the wins came by a combined six points (four in double-overtime at Houston and two in a 66-64 win at UNR Jan. 5). ♦ The Lady Rebels have been strong on their home courts the past three conference seasons, going 22-5 in league play (20-5 in the Cox Pavilion, 2-0 in the Thomas & Mack Center). That includes last season’s 8-1 home record. ♦ UNLV has won the past five games against the Lobos in the all-time series, and six straight in Las Vegas. The last loss to the Lobos in the Cox Pavilion was in the 2010-11 season (New Mexico did claim a win in the 2012 MW Tournament played in the Thomas & Mack Center).
FACILITY CHANGE FOR UNLV-SAN DIEGO STATE – JAN. 26 ♦ UNLV announced Tuesday that its upcoming game against San Diego State on Jan. 26 has been moved to the Thomas & Mack Center. Originally the game had been scheduled for the Cox Pavilion, it will still have a 3 pm tip.
In an effort to solicit the input of its loyal fan base, UNLV Athletics will send pricing surveys to football season ticket holders and Rebel Athletic Fund members this week, regarding ticket pricing and benefits at the new Las Vegas Stadium, opening in 2020. The best way to ensure priority to great seats in Las Vegas Stadium is by being a Rebel Athletic Fund member or a 2019 football season ticket holder.
“We are looking forward to spending the 2019 season celebrating the end of an era at our stadium of nearly 50 years,” UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois said. “As we move into Las Vegas Stadium, we want to make sure there are options for everyone to experience the new world-class home of the Rebels. The first step in preparing for that move is asking our loyal season ticket holders as well as our generous benefactors to provide us with critical feedback. Las Vegas is a great city with great people and fans, and we want our stakeholders to know that we are building something special here, together.”
Members of the Rebel Athletic Fund and 2018 football season ticket holders will begin to receive the surveys this week via email.
More information regarding UNLV’s Las Vegas Stadium seating process is scheduled to be released during the annual UNLV football season ticket renewal period coming in February 2019. However, deposits are already being accepted for luxury suites at the $1.8 billion Las Vegas Stadium. While pricing for the suites is yet to be determined, supporters can reserve their spots now for the exclusive, state-of-the-art high-end hospitality. For more information regarding suite deposits at Las Vegas Stadium, contact Blair DeBord at (702) 895-1237 or email@example.com.
“The layout is advantageous for a collegiate program as it allows us to have a stadium within a stadium, which creates a memorable environment for our student body and fan base,” Reed-Francois said. “We are working closely with our great partners at the Raiders to ensure that this move will set UNLV apart in the college football world.”
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