Runnin’ Rebels Host No. 4 San Diego State Sunday At 1 PM



Second-place UNLV has won six straight at home, Aztecs are nation’s only unbeaten team

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Winner of six straight home games and seven of its last nine overall, the UNLV men’s basketball team will host No. 4 San Diego State at the Thomas & Mack Center on Sunday, January 26 at 1 p.m.

The Aztecs are the nation’s lone unbeaten team at 20-0 and sit in first place in the Mountain West at 9-0. The Runnin’ Rebels are in second in the conference at 6-2.

Tickets start at just $22 for Sunday’s game when purchased at least a day in advance at, by calling 702-739-FANS or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office. Runnin’ Rebel Fest, located near the Coach Tarkanian statue, will open at 11 a.m. Admission to the area is free and features food, drinks, entertainment, tailgate games, inflatables, and more. Fans will be able to text to win one of 500 Hey Reb bobbleheads between the beginning of Runnin’ Rebel Fest and halftime of the game. The code will be announced at Runnin’ Rebel Fest. The bobblehead shows Hey Reb in his red suit and sneakers to help raise awareness for Coaches vs. Cancer.

Junior guard Amauri Hardy leads four UNLV (11-10, 6-2) players averaging in double-figure scoring this season with 15.1 points per game (eighth in MW), while junior forward Mbacke Diong is the team’s leading rebounder with 9.0 per contest (5th in MW). UNLV is under new leadership this year in head coach T.J. Otzelberger.

SDSU (20-0, 9-0) is in its third season under its head coach, Brian Dutcher. The Aztecs are led by Malachi Flynn’s 16.6 ppg (7th in MW) and Yanni Wetzell’s 6.4 rpg (9th in MW). Flynn also leads the team and league in assists (5.1 apg).

Sunday’s game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network with Carter Blackburn, Pete Gillen and John Schriffen (sideline reporter) calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Curtis Terry and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 in Las Vegas and online via the UNLVGameday App and TuneIn.


Lady Rebels End 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 Wyatt Tomchek (play-by-play) and Mark Wasik (color analyst) will handle the radio broadcast, also on


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 Host San Diego State Saturday On Play4Kay Day


All fans wearing pink will receive $3 admission
UNLV Women’s Basketball


San Diego State
San Diego State

Matchup UNLV (15-9, 10-3 MW) vs San Diego State (10-13, 4-8 MW)
Date Saturday, February 17, 2018
Time 3 p.m.
Site Cox Pavilion (2,500), Las Vegas
Video Mountain West Network (Wyatt Tomchek, Mark Wasik)
Radio UNLV Radio (Adam Candee)
Audio and UNLV Game Day App
Stats Statbroadcast
Twitter @UNLVLadyRebels


Saturday is the annual Play4Kay Day at UNLV, and the Lady Rebels will be wearing pink jerseys to show their support for breast cancer awareness when they host San Diego State at 3 pm in the Cox Pavilion.

Fans that wear pink to the game will receive $3 admission, while the first 100 fans will also receive a free pink drink koozie.

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

The game will be live streamed on the Mountain West with Wyatt Tomchek on the play by play, and there will also be a radio broadcast with the call of Adam Candee. Both will be available through

The race for the Mountain West regular season title could not be any closer, as five teams all have 10 wins each entering the final five games of the league schedule. UNLV and Wyoming have the advantage with 10-3 marks, ahead of Colorado State, Wyoming and Boise State, all at 10-4. That gives the Lady Rebels no room for error in their quest for the conference championship.

UNLV is looking for its second sweep of the Aztecs in the past three years, following a 75-64 victory at San Diego on Jan. 27. The Lady Rebels trailed by 18 points in the first half before reeling off a 23-0 run on the way to the victory. They have won the last four in Las Vegas against the Aztecs as well, with SDSU’s last road win in the series coming on Jan. 16, 2013. SDSU meanwhile is just 2-6 on the road this year, and 1-5 in league play.

The Lady Rebels’ success in the conference this season has been fueled by its outstanding post play. UNLV has outscored its past 11 opponents 384-214 on points in the paint while holding a +8.4 rebound margin for the 11 contests. That size shows up even more on the offensive boards, where UNLV is rebounding an impressive 38.9% 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 18th in the nation with 389 made free throws this season.

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebel Mini-Plans To Go On Sale


Runnin’ Rebel fans can choose to purchase three or six-game plans for the 2017-18 season

Purchase Season Tickets | 2017-18 Schedule | @TheRunninRebels

Runnin’ Rebel fans who cannot make all 17 home men’s basketball games during the 2017-18 season at the Thomas & Mack Center now have the flexibility of choosing from two mini-plan options.
An online only presale begins tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m., while the official public on sale starts Monday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m.
The two mini-plan options for this season include upper and lower bowl seats:
Pick-3 Plan: 
One premium game (Arizona, San Diego State or Nevada, Reno) plus two non-premium games (non-conference or conference). Prices range from $42-177 depending on seat location.
Conference Plan: 
Six pre-set games (Utah State, New Mexico, San Diego State, Wyoming, Fresno State, Nevada, Reno). Prices range from $72-342 depending on seat location.
Fans can take advantage of the mini-plan pre-sale exclusively online at Starting Monday at 10 a.m., mini-plan tickets may be purchased online, by phone at 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office during regular business hours.
UNLV, which is under second-year head coach Marvin Menzies, has brought in a recruiting class that has been ranked as high as No. 12 in the country. Seven new players have been added to the roster for the 2017-18 season, including McDonald’s High School All-American Brandon McCoy and the National Junior College Player of the Year Shakur Juiston.
This season’s non-conference schedule features five opponents coming off postseason appearances, each boasting at least 20 wins last season. Home schedule highlights include games against Arizona, San Diego State and Nevada, Reno.
After hosting Alaska Fairbanks in an exhibition game Nov. 3, the Runnin’ Rebels open the regular season Nov. 11 vs. Florida A&M at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Season tickets, which are on sale now and start as low as $119, may be purchased at, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.
CLICK HERE for the full 2017-18 UNLV men’s basketball schedule.

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Ben Carter To Miss Remainder Of Season




Junior forward suffered torn ACL on Saturday vs. San Diego State

UNLV men’s basketball junior Ben Carter suffered a torn ACL midway during the first half of Saturday’s game against San Diego State, interim head coach Todd Simon announced Monday.


Carter had an MRI on Monday morning and later was examined by team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Greg Bigler. He will be out the remainder of the season.


“We are very disappointed for Ben,” Simon said. “He was obviously an impact player for us, but more than that he is a pillar of our program with his toughness, spirit and leadership. It is a huge loss for our team.”


A 6-9 forward from Las Vegas (Bishop Gorman High School), Carter transferred to UNLV from Oregon and was in his first season on the court for the Runnin’ Rebels after sitting out during the 2014-15 season.


Carter appeared in 22 games for UNLV this season and made seven starts. He averaged 8.6 points per game and was second on the team in rebounding with 6.0 per contest. He shot 55.6 percent from the field and made 75.4 percent of his free throws. He also had 35 assists, 30 blocks and 21 steals.


The Runnin’ Rebels play Tuesday night at New Mexico at 6 p.m. MST/5 p.m. PST. The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network.


UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebels To Face No. RV/25 San Diego State In MW Tournament Quarterfinal




UNLV men’s basketball to face No. RV/25 San Diego State Thursday at 6 p.m. at Thomas & Mack Center

The UNLV men’s basketball team defeated No. 10 seed Nevada, Reno, 67-46, on Wednesday afternoon in the first round of the 2015 Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championship and has moved on to the quarterfinals where it will face No. 2 seed San Diego State on Thursday, March 12 at 6 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center.

It will be the third of four quarterfinal matchups held that day. The Aztecs received a bye to the quarterfinals by finishing in the top six during MW conference play. The Runnin’ Rebels are the No. 7 seed.

Thursday’s quarterfinal matchup between UNLV and SDSU features the two schools with the best all-time MW Tournament records. The Runnin’ Rebels are 25-11 all-time in this league’s tournament, while the Aztecs are 21-11.

San Diego State tied for the regular-season MW title, but is the No. 2 seed because it was swept during the regular season by Boise State, which is the tournament’s top seed.

The Aztecs swept the regular-season series this year with the Runnin’ Rebels, winning 53-47 in San Diego on Jan. 17, and 60-58 in Las Vegas on March 4.

The Runnin’ Rebels are 2-6 against the Aztecs all-time in MW Tournament play, dropping each of the last five meetings, including last season in the semifinals, 59-51. UNLV is 2-1 all-time against SDSU in the tournament’s quarterfinals. The Runnin’ Rebels lead the all-time overall series with San Diego State, 35-26, but have lost five straight to the Aztecs and 11 of the last 14.

UNLV is 13-1 all-time in the quarterfinals of the MW Tournament, with its only loss coming in 2009 to San Diego State. This year marks the 13th time that the MW Tournament has been held in Las Vegas (2000-03, 2007-15). UNLV has won the title on three occasions (2000, 2007, 2008). The Runnin’ Rebels have advanced to eight MW Tournament championship games (seven in Las Vegas and one in Denver), the last time in 2013 when they lost to New Mexico.

UNLV won its regular-season finale on Saturday at San José State, 71-58, with just six scholarship players available as freshman guard Patrick McCaw was out with a concussion. UNLV had previously lost freshman guards Rashad Vaughn and Dantley Walker to knee injuries. McCaw returned and started against UNR on Wednesday, while Vaughn and Walker were still out. Junior guard Daquan Cook (knee) has been out all season.

UNLV is 4-4 since Vaughn, the Runnin’ Rebels’ leading scorer, went down to injury. Overall, the Runnin’ Rebels have won eight of their last 13 games. Four of those five losses have been by a combined nine points and prior to the loss at Utah State on Feb. 24, UNLV had lost three of its previous four games by a combined seven points. A total of 10 of the Runnin’ Rebels’ 18 Mountain West games this season were decided by an average of 3.1 points per game (two one-point games, four two-point games, three five-point games and a six-point game). In the other eight games, UNLV was 6-2 with an average margin of victory in those six wins of 15.0 ppg and one of those losses was in overtime (at Boise State).

UNLV, which had to replace all five starters from a year ago, used a rotation for most of this season that included five freshmen, one sophomore and two seniors. Vaughn suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee on Feb. 10 vs. Fresno State. He had led the team in scoring with an average of 17.8 ppg, which ranked second in the Mountain West and second in the country among freshmen. Sophomore forward Christian Wood has 18 double-doubles this year, which ranks sixth in the country, and has averages of 15.6 ppg (5th in MW), a team-high 10.0 rpg (2nd in MW, 17th in the country) and 2.8 bpg (2nd in MW, 15th in the country). Freshman forward Goodluck Okonoboh leads the team in blocks per game with 2.9 (1st in MW, 12th in the country and first among all freshmen). Senior guard Cody Doolin leads the squad and MW with 3.9 apg and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.6, which leads the conference and is fourth nationally. McCaw was fifth in the MW in assists per game (3.4) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) during conference-only games.

As a team, the Runnin’ Rebels are third in the nation in blocks per game (6.8), third in total blocks (218), 13th in defensive rebounds per game (26.5) and 37th in field-goal percentage defensive (39.4).

Thursday’s game will be televised on CBS Sports Network with Andrew Catalon and Steve Lappas calling the action, while Evan Washburn will report from the sideline. Jon Sandler and Robert Smith will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM in Las Vegas. All internet links along with live stats are available at



No. RV/25 San Diego State (24-7, 14-4 Mountain West, No. 2 Seed) 

UNLV (18-14, 8-10 Mountain West, No. 7 Seed)

 Thursday, March 12, 2015
 6 p.m.
 Thomas & Mack Center (18,500), Las Vegas
TV: CBS Sports Network (Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, sideline: Evan Washburn)

RADIO: ESPN Radio 1100 AM/100.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
AUDIO: UNLV Gameday App &

STATS: Gametracker at


UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: No. 23 Rebels Finish Fourth In Tucson


Rebels shoot second-best team round on Sunday, Jonson ties
for sixth individually at National Invitational Tournament

2014 National Invitational Tournament Results

The No. 23 UNLV men’s golf team shot the second-best round (8-under-par 280) of the day on Sunday and finished in a tie for fourth place at the National Invitational Tournament, which was played at OMNI Tucson National (par 72, 7,200 yards).

California captured the team title at 33-under 831 after a final-round 6-under 282. The Bears finished 15 shots ahead of Oklahoma State and SMU, which both tied for second at 18-under. UNLV tied with San Diego State at 13-under and were followed in sixth place by New Mexico at 11-under.

Individually, California’s Joel Stalter shot 6-under 66 on Sunday to earn medalist honors by three shots at 11-under 205. Oklahoma State’s Wyndham Clark and SMU’s Bryson Dechambeau and Harry Higgs all tied for second at 8-under.

UNLV junior Carl Jonson led all Rebel players with a tie for sixth at 6-under 210 after a final-round 2-under 70. Sophomore AJ McInerney also finished in the top 10, tying for 10th at 4-under 212 after a final-round 5-under 67.

Other Rebels: sophomore Zane Thomas tied for 14th at 3-under 213 after a final-round 1-under 71, while junior Kirt Kitayama and freshman Taylor Montgomery both tied for 49th at 5-over 221. Kitayama shot even-par 72 on Sunday, while Montgomery was 4-over. Freshman Chris Tuulik, who competed as an individual, tied for 17th at 2-under 214 after a final-round 1-under 71.

The tournament featured 14 teams and 81 individuals. The Rebels will be back in action Monday-Tuesday of this week, March 17-18, at the Jackrabbit Invitational in Primm, Nev. Live scoring will be available on the internet courtesy of Golfstat through a link at

Follow UNLV men’s golf on Twitter – @UNLVGolf

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS : Runnin’ Rebels To Face No. 8/7 San Diego State Friday At 6 PM In MW Tournament Semifinal



UNLV to face No. 8/7 San Diego State on Friday at 6 p.m. at Thomas & Mack Center

The UNLV men’s basketball team (20-12, 10-8 MW, No. 4 seed) defeated fifth-seeded Wyoming, 71-67, in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Reese’s Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championship on Thursday afternoon and has advanced to the semifinals where it will face top-seeded No. 8/7 San Diego State on Friday, March 14 at 6 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Aztecs defeated eighth-seeded Utah State, 73-39, on Thursday, which set the MW Tournament record for margin of victory.

Friday’s semifinal matchup between the Runnin’ Rebels and the Aztecs is a matchup of the two teams with the best all-time MW Tournament records. UNLV is No. 1 with an all-time mark of 24-10, while the Aztecs are close behind at 20-10.

Outright MW regular-season champion San Diego State swept the regular-season series this year with UNLV, winning 63-52 in San Diego on Jan. 18, then 73-64 at the Thomas & Mack Center on March 5.

Friday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Doug Gottlieb and Lauren Gardner (sidelines) calling the action. Jon Sandler and Robert Smith will handle the radio call, which may be heard on ESPN Radio 1100/98.9 FM. The radio broadcast listen link, along with Gametracker are available at

The Runnin’ Rebels are 2-5 vs. the Aztecs all-time in MW Tournament play, dropping each of the last four meetings. UNLV is 0-2 all-time vs. SDSU in the MW Tournament’s semifinals. The Runnin’ Rebels lead the overall series between the two schools 35-23.

UNLV is now 13-1 all-time in the quarterfinals of the MW Tournament, with its only loss coming in 2009 to San Diego State. The Runnin’ Rebels are 8-4 all-time in the semifinals. This year marks the 12th time that the MW Tournament has been held in Las Vegas (2000-03, 2007-14). UNLV has won the title on three occasions (2000, 2007, 2008). The Runnin’ Rebels have advanced to eight MW Tournament championship games (seven in Las Vegas and one in Denver), including last season when they lost to New Mexico.

The Runnin’ Rebels are fourth in the country in blocked shots per game at 6.5, eighth in rebounding at 40.2 rpg, 20th in effective field-goal percentage defense at 44.6 and 20th in the nation in 3-point field-goal defense, limiting their opponents to just 30.1 percent from behind the arc. Junior forward Khem Birch is second in the country in blocked shots (3.7 bpg), while junior forward Roscoe Smith is fourth in the nation in rebounding (11.1 rpg). Birch has 17 double-doubles on the year (sixth in the country as of 3/10), while Smith has 16 (eighth in the nation as of 3/10). UNLV’s leading scorer is junior guard Bryce Dejean-Jones (13.7 ppg).


NO. 8/7 SAN DIEGO STATE (28-3, 16-2 Mountain West, No. 1 Seed)


UNLV (20-12, 10-8 Mountain West, No. 4 Seed)

DATE: Friday, March 14, 2014
TIME: 6 p.m. PDT
SITE: Thomas & Mack Center (18,500), Las Vegas
TV: CBS Sports Network (Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Doug Gottlieb, Lauren Gardner)
RADIO: ESPN Radio 1100 AM/98.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
ONLINE: Radio (audio) & Gametracker at

UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: No. 23 Rebels To Play In Tucson This Weekend




National Invitational Tournament will be held Friday-Sunday, March 14-16

The No. 23 UNLV men’s golf team is in Tucson, Ariz., for the National Invitational Tournament, which will be played at Omni Tucson National Golf Club’s Catalina Course (par 72, 7,094 yards) on Friday-Sunday, March 14-16.

The 14-school, 54-hole tournament will consist of 18 holes played each day beginning at 8 a.m. MT. This year’s field is made up of Arizona, California, Marquette, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oklahoma State, San Diego, San Diego State, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, UNLV, UTEP and Wyoming.

The Rebels’ lineup includes junior Kurt Kitayama, junior Carl Jonson, sophomore AJ McInerney, freshman Taylor Montgomery and sophomore Zane Thomas. Freshman Chris Tuulik will compete as an individual. UNLV finished ninth (out of 16 teams) at last year’s NIT at 5-over 869. New Mexico won the team title by one shot at 20-under, while individual medalist honors were captured by TCU’s Julien Brun by a stroke at 8-under. Kitayama was the Rebels’ top finisher as he tied for 22nd at even par.

UNLV is coming off its second victory of the season, a team win at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas on March 9. Golfweek named UNLV its National Team of the Week after the win at the prestigious tournament, which annually features one of the toughest fields in college golf. Last weekend’s event included seven of the top-10 ranked teams in the country. In addition, 11 of the 15 teams competing were ranked in the top 20 and all participants were among the nation’s top 50. The field also featured 20 of the top-30 ranked individuals.

The victory was UNLV’s second in three years at the event, fifth in the last seven and seventh in the last 10. Kitayama tied for second individually, while Jonson also finished in the top-10 in a tie for eighth.

Live scoring of the NIT will be available on the internet courtesy of Golfstat through a link at

Follow UNLV men’s golf on Twitter – @UNLVGolf

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Lady Rebels, Aztecs Battle For Key Tournament Seed Tuesday



Lady Rebels looking for first win in San Diego since 2006

Though two games are left in the regular season, the fight for the sixth seed between UNLV and San Diego State will be decided on Tuesday night, as the Lady Rebels travel to the Aztecs for a 6 pm contest in Viejas Arena. UNLV is also looking for its first season sweep of SDSU since the 2005-06 season, after breaking a six-game losing streak in the series with a 74-59 win in Las Vegas on Jan. 18.

Both teams come into the game tied at 8-8 in the conference, and the winner is guaranteed to claim the sixth seed, no matter what happened in the season finale for both teams on Friday. UNLV would hold a tiebreaker with thanks to a sweep if it wins on Tuesday. If SDSU wins on Tuesday, its win over Fresno State would be the deciding tiebreaker if both teams finish at 9-9.

Key for UNLV in the game will be its play on the boards, as San Diego State owns a +7.6 rebounding margin, and a MW-high +11.1 rebound margin in league games. The Lady Rebels meanwhile are first in league games with 10.1 steals per game, while the Aztecs are second to last in turnover margin at -2.4.

There will be a live webcast of the game, that will be featured on the Mountain West Network at while the UNLV radio broadcast featuring the call from Adam Candee is available on KSHP 1400 AM and also off a link at

UNLV game notes at San Diego State

GAME 29 – Tuesday, March 4 • 6 pm

UNLV (11-17, 8-8 MW)
Head coach: Kathy Olivier (83-102, 6th year)
Leading scorer: Jr./F Alana Cesarz (14.1 ppg)

San Diego State (11-15, 8-8 MW)
Head coach: Stacie Terry (11-15, 1st year)
Leading scorer: Sr./F Cierra Warren (15.5 ppg)

Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, Calif.
TV: Live webcast on Mountain West Network (
Radio: KSHP 1400 AM (Adam Candee)
Live Stats:

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Roscoe Smith Out For Wednesday’s Game




Junior forward has concussion, will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis


UNLV junior forward Roscoe Smith was evaluated by the Runnin’ Rebel team physician in Las Vegas on Sunday.

“Roscoe was evaluated today and was determined to have a concussion,” UNLV men’s basketball head coach Dave Rice said. “He will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis, but he will miss Wednesday’s game against San Diego State.”

Smith, who transferred to UNLV from Connecticut following the 2011-12 season, is in his first season playing for the Runnin’ Rebels (after sitting out the 2012-13 year as a redshirt). He is averaging a double-double this season with 11.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. He has a team-leading 15 double-doubles, which ranked fifth in the country heading into this past weekend. He has started all 29 of UNLV’s games this year and leads the team in field-goal percentage at .525.

UNLV will host San Diego State on Wednesday, March 5, at 8:05 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center in its regular-season home finale. It will be Senior Night and also a White Out.

No status update on Smith’s condition will be provided until Tuesday afternoon.

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Four Straight Wins After 74-59 Victory Over San Diego State




Lady Rebels claim first win over Aztecs in four years

Danielle Miller, Mia Bell and Alana Cesarz combined for 56 points to help UNLV claim a fourth straight victory, 74-59 over San Diego State in Mountain West women’s basketball action on Saturday night from the Cox Pavilion. The win was the first by the Lady Rebels in the series since Feb. 13, 2010, breaking a six-game losing streak. UNLV also held its opponent under 60 points for the third straight game as it improved to 7-10 overall, and 4-1 in league play, just one win behind first-place Colorado State and Fresno State. SDSU dropped to 5-10, 2-3 in MW play.

There were five ties and seven lead changes in the first 15 minutes of the game, until UNLV scored 17 points over the final five minutes for its highest halftime total of the season with a 41-36 lead over the Aztecs. San Diego State closed to within three several times in the second half, but UNLV closed out the game on a 14-2 run over the last six minutes to earn the victory.

“First half we did a really good job of moving the ball around and going inside-out in order to get some clean three looks, and we were able to make our threes,” said UNLV head coach Kathy Olivier. “Mia hit a couple of big threes in the first half, and then I felt we did a good job in the second half of not falling in love with the three, still working the ball inside and getting some easier baskets. I thought we did a better job on rebounds after the opening half, and we’ve done such a good job of taking care of the ball and applying defensive pressure, that’s been our success right now.”

Miller led all scorers with 20 points, while Bell added 19 points, five assists and three steals. She also tied a career-high with five treys, while Cesarz posted 17 points and seven rebounds. For the second straight game the Lady Rebels set a new season-high for three-pointers made, this time with nine against a packed in San Diego State zone that was willing to give up the open looks from outside. Another key to the win was UNLV’s defense, as it came up with 12 steals and forced 20 SDSU turnovers. That led to a 17-5 edge on points off turnovers for UNLV.

“Mia was great tonight, she had excellent leadership and hit some key threes in the first half, said Olivier. “In the second half she kept us organized. She is a very smart basketball player, she attacked tonight when she needed to and knew the right time to pull out and run the offense.”

San Diego State held the lead for the majority of the opening 14 minutes of the game, but never by more then four points. The Aztecs were ahead 19-15 before Amanda Anderson drained a three-pointer to bring UNLV within one. Then after Chairese Culberson nailed a trey for SDSU, Bell answered with her second three-pointer of the game, and Cesarz added a layup to put UNLV ahead 23-22 at the 6:48 mark. Deajanae Scurry put the Aztecs back ahead with a jumper, but then Aley Rohde made the first of two free throws to tie the game, while Cesarz rebounded her missed second free throw and put it back in for a 26-24 Lady Rebel edge with 5:50 to play. UNLV would not give up that lead the rest of the game, with Bell draining a pair of three-pointers in the final 77 seconds to give the team a five-point edge at the half.

SDSU scored the first basket of the second half, and managed to keep within eight points or less for the next 10 minutes. UNLV then went ahead by nine, 58-49 on a pair of Cesarz free throws, but that was answered by a 6-0 run by the Aztecs. Khristina Hunter capped the run, cutting the edge to 58-55 with 8:40 to play. After the team traded baskets, Bell hit a trey to start a 7-0 run, with the final four points coming from Cesarz. Danesha Long made the edge single digits with a jumper at the 3:30 mark. That was the final points for the Aztecs, and UNLV ended the game going 7-of-10 at the free throw line to earn the 15-point victory.

UNLV shot 44.6% (25-of-56) for the game, connected on 42.9% (9-of-21) from downtown, and made 15-of-21 at the charity stripe for 71.4%. UNLV was outrebounded by a 42-32 margin, but held a 14-12 edge on second chance points. The Lady Rebels posted more then 20 assists for the second straight game with 22.

Hunter led the Aztecs with 18 points, while Long added 12. Cierra Warren, the team’s leading scorer this season, was held to six points in 18 minutes before fouling out. SDSU shot 40.7% (24-of-59) for the night, was 3-of-16 from behind the three-point line for 18.8%, and made 8-of-13 at the line for 61.5%.

The Lady Rebels will be on the road for two games next week, starting with a Wednesday, Jan. 22 contest at Utah State, at 7 pm in Logan, Utah.

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Lady Rebels Host San Diego State On Saturday Night




Lady Rebels comes into the game alone in third place in the Mountain West

Coming off an impressive 22-point win over New Mexico on Wednesday night, the UNLV women’s basketball team is looking to extend its win streak to four games when it hosts the San Diego State Aztecs on Saturday at 7 pm in the Cox Pavilion. Prior to the game there will be a free basketball clinic for girls and boys in grades 2-8, starting at 5 pm. Registration information can be found at

UNLV’s three-game win streak is currently the longest in the conference, while the next longest of two games belongs to SDSU. This is also the longest win streak for the Lady Rebels since ending the 2011-12 regular season with five straight wins. In order to keep the streak alive however, UNLV will have to break a six-game losing streak to the Aztecs, as its’ last win in the series came on Feb. 13, 2010. This is a different San Diego State team then from the past few seasons, however, as the Aztecs lost four senior starters and their coach from last year’s regular-season championship squad. The team has struggled thus far, bringing in a 5-9 mark, though that includes a 70-69 win at preseason favorite Fresno State this past Wednesday.

A key to the game could be in the turnover department. UNLV forces the most in the conference, 23.8 per game by opponents in league play, and has a league-high 14.3 steals per game in MW games. SDSU meanwhile has the second-highest turnover rate in the MW (19.6 pg) in league action.

There will be a live webcast of the game, thanks to the UNLV-TV student production group, that will be featured on the Mountain West Network at while the UNLV radio broadcast, featuring the call from Adam Candee, is available on KSHP 1400 AM and also off a link at

GAME 17 – Saturday, January 18 • 7 pm

UNLV (6-10, 3-1 MW)
Head coach: Kathy Olivier (78-95, 6th year)
Leading scorer: Jr./G Danielle Miller (13.2 ppg)

San Diego State (5-9, 2-2 MW)
Head coach: Stacie Terry (5-9, 1st year)
Leading scorer: Sr./F Cierra Warren (13.9 ppg)

Cox Pavilion (2,500)
Las Vegas
TV: Live webcast on Mountain West Network (
Radio: KSHP 1400 AM (Adam Candee, Dominique Harris)
Live Stats: Gametracker

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS : Runnin’ Rebels At No. 10/11 San Diego State Saturday Afternoon On CBS Sports Network




Game will tip at 3:05 p.m. PST on CBS Sports Network

The UNLV men’s basketball team, winner of eight of its last 10 games and 5-1 in games played away from the Thomas & Mack Center this season, is coming off a road win at New Mexico (76-73) on Wednesday. The victory over the Lobos at The Pit ended their 15-game home conference win streak. The Runnin’ Rebels will now head to San Diego, Calif., to complete what is arguably their most challenging road trip of the season with a game at No. 10/11 San Diego State on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 3:05 p.m.

Saturday’s game vs. the Aztecs will be televised on CBS Sports Network with Ari Wolfe and Steve Lappas calling the action. Jon Sandler and Robert Smith will handle the radio call, which may be heard on ESPN Radio 1100/98.9 FM. A radio broadcast listen link and Gametracker will be available at

After six straight games at home to open the season, UNLV played two road games during its “Rodeo Road Trip,” losing a close one at then-No. 2 Arizona (63-58) on Dec. 7, then beating Southern Utah on Dec. 14 in Cedar City, which started a seven-game win streak. In the loss to the Wildcats, the Runnin’ Rebels held what is now the nation’s top-ranked team to its second-lowest scoring output of the season and its fourth-closest game in terms of margin of victory.

Roscoe Smith, who leads the nation in rebounding average with 12.5 rpg, is second in the country in double-doubles with 11 (as of Jan. 14). He had just one in two seasons at UConn. Smith grabbed 10 or more rebounds in the first six games of the season (now 13 of 17) with totals of 19, 21 and a career-high 22. Birch, who has eight double-doubles this season, is eighth in the country in blocked shots with 3.5 per contest. He has had double-figure rebounding totals in nine of his 17 games and has blocked at least four shots in a game eight times this season. Dejean-Jones leads the team in scoring with 15.0 ppg (1st in Mountain West play at 22.5 ppg), while Smith (12.0 ppg, 12.5 rpg) is second on the team in scoring and is averaging a double-double. Birch is just shy of averaging a double-double (11.6 ppg, 9.8 rpg). Senior guard Kevin Olekaibe is the fourth Runnin’ Rebel in double figures at 10.8 ppg.

GAME #18

UNLV (11-6, 2-2 Mountain West)


NO. 10/11 SAN DIEGO STATE (15-1, 4-0 Mountain West)

DATE: Saturday, January 18, 2014
TIME: 3:05 p.m. PST
SITE: Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (12,414), San Diego, Calif.
TV: CBS Sports Network (Ari Wolfe, Steve Lappas)
RADIO: ESPN Radio 1100 AM/98.9 FM (Jon Sandler, Robert Smith)
ONLINE: Radio (audio) & Gametracker at

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Social Media Night, Pre-Game Clinic Highlight Promotions For This Week’s Games


Lady Rebels play a pair of home games this week, Wednesday against New Mexico, Saturday against San Diego State

 The UNLV women’s basketball team, riding a two-game win streak, hosts a pair of Mountain West teams this week, as Wednesday night’s game against New Mexico is Social Media Night for the Lady Rebels, while on Saturday night against San Diego State, there will be a free pre-game clinic. Both games will be in the Cox Pavilion, with half-price tickets available for the New Mexico game. Regularly priced tickets are $8, while children 12 and under are free to all Lady Rebel games..

Wednesday, 7 pm vs. New Mexico – “Social Media Night”
– Fans can visit the UNLV Athletics or UNLV Women’s Basketball Facebook page and enter a contest to win a 4-pack of tickets to an upcoming men’s and women’s basketball game. Once entered, fans will receive a code for half-price tickets to Wednesday’s contest
– There will be a Twitter Trivia contest during the game for ticket prizes for upcoming events from The first person to tweet the right answer to @UNLVLadyRebels will win.
– UNLV will be posting pictures from the game on its social media outlets (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), while fans are also encouraged to do the same. The hashtag for the Lady Rebels is #unlvwbb
– UNLV’s social media links include @UNLVAthletics, @UNLVLadyRebels on Twitter, UNLV Athletics, UNLV Women’s Basketball on Facebook, and UNLVAthletics, UNLVLadyRebels on Instagram


Saturday, 7 pm vs. San Diego State – “Middle School Madness”
– There will be a FREE Pre-Game Lady Rebel Tune-Up Clinic prior to the game, from 5-6:15 pm inside the Mendenhall Center, right next to the Cox Pavilion.
– The Clinic is open to boys and girl in grades 2-8, and will emphasize footwork, defense, shooting and ballhandling
– All participants will receive free admission to the game vs. San Diego State
– It is also Autograph Night, as the entire team will be on the court following the game to sign posters
– To register for the camp, fans need to go to the following website. Any questions about the clinic can be directed to Rachel Dunn at 702-895-3041 (

UNLV WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels On The Road At Conference Co-Leaders


Rebels face San Diego State on Friday and New Mexico Sunday

UNLV will look to build on the momentum from its home win this past Sunday, but the team has a tough task ahead of them as the Rebels will be playing a pair of games on the road at the top two teams in the conference (San Diego State, New Mexico). First up will be the game at SDSU on Friday at 7 pm, followed by a Sunday afternoon contest at New Mexico, beginning at 12 pm (PT). Both games will have live stats and live video links available at

UNLV at San Diego State (Friday, 7 pm)
Live Video – Mountain West Network (
Live Stats –

UNLV at New Mexico (Sunday, 12 pm (PT))
Live Video – Mountain West Network (
Live Stats –

UNLV Weekly Release

All About The Rebels
        UNLV broke a conference losing streak with a much needed shutout victory on Oct. 13, a 1-0 shutout of Colorado State. That gave UNLV its second league win of the year and six points, putting them back in the race for one of the MW tournament slots. The Rebels will also be playing for their first win in San Diego since 2008, and first win in Albuquerque since 2007, though UNLV did claim a victory over the Lobos in Las Vegas last season by a 2-0 margin.
        Leading the Rebels this year is senior forward Jenn Wolfe, with five goals and four assists for 14 points, third-best in the league. Sophomore midfielder Susie Bernal is second in the MW in assists, while senior goalkeeper Kylie Wassell continues her outstanding career in the goal, and has posted five shutouts this season.

Scouting San Diego State
        The defending conference champions took their lumps in the non-conference slate against a tough schedule, winning just two of nine contests. It’s been turned around once the Aztecs hit league play though, as they won their first four MW games before suffering a 2-1 loss at Wyoming on Sunday.
        Leading the team this year is Hannah Keane, the top scorer in the Mountain West at 21 points off nine goals and three assists. The next highest scorer with Carli Johnson, with three goals for six points. In the net for SDSU is Melanie Vaughn, who owns a 1.22 GAA this season with 47 saves and five shutouts.

Scouting New Mexico
        The Lobos are another team that’s had success in league play after struggling in non-conference action, as they were 2-7-1 against non-MW foes. But like the Aztecs, New Mexico is 4-1 as well, and again its only loss is on the road at Wyoming.
        The scoring has been a little more balanced for the Lobos, with Lindsey Guice and Dylann O’Connor both tied with eight points, while two more players have four points each. Though the team is only averaging a goal a game, they have made up the difference on the defensive side, allowing only 0.93 goals per contest, thanks to the play of goalkeeper Cassie Ulrich (0.90 GAA).

Next Time Out
        The Rebels will play an afternoon contest at home against Air Force on Friday, Oct. 25 at 4:30 pm, part of a double-header with the men’s team. That will be followed by a trip to Laramie to take on Wyoming on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 12 pm (PT).

UNLV WOMEN’S SOCCER NEWS: Rebels Host Colorado State On Sunday




Rebels playing first-year Ram program

The UNLV women’s soccer team plays at home this weekend, hosting Colorado State on Sunday at 1 pm. The Rebels are glad to be home after two tough losses on the road, both of which came by 1-0 margins in overtime. That leaves UNLV in a tie for seventh place currently in the Mountain West with three points, and with the top eight advancing to the postseason tournament, the Rebels know they can’t pass up the chance for wins on their home field. Colorado State meanwhile are looking for their first-ever conference win, as the first-year program is 0-4 in league play entering the weekend. In fact, the Rams have been outscored 11-1 in MW action, with the lone goal coming in a 2-1 loss at Air Force, which as been followed by three straight 3-0 losses.
        Sunday’s game will have both live stats and live video available at

UNLV vs. Colorado State (Sunday, 1 pm PT)
Live Webcast – Mountain West Network(
Live stats – Gametracker

UNLV Weekly Release

All About The Rebels
        Leading the Rebels this season is senior forward Jenn Wolfe, with five goals and four assists for 14 points, third-best in the league. Sophomore midfielder Susie Bernal is at the top of the MW in assists, while senior goalkeeper Jenn Wolfe, continues her outstanding career in the goal, and has posted four shutouts this season.        

Scouting Colorado State
        The Rams are in the first-year of their existence, and have experienced the struggles of a brand new program, bringing an 1-8-2 mark into the weekend. The lone win came in the opener against Lubbock Christian, while the two ties were against Northern Arizona and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. One problem for the team has been scoring, as following the opener, the Rams have been held to just two goals over the past 10 contests.
        Four players have scored goals this year for CSU, and Erika Bratschun leads the way with two goals and five total points. In goal has been a pair of players, but Maggie Sherman has been the most recent starter, and owns a 1.63 GAA with 28 saves this season.

Next Time Out
        The Rebels will be on the road for its toughest road trip of the season, with a Friday, Oct. 18 contest at San Diego State, followed by a Sunday, Oct. 20 game at New Mexico.

UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: Rebels In Third Place After First Day In Tempe



Kitayama is three shots back individually at ASU Thunderbird Invitational

The UNLV men’s golf team shot 1-under-par 283 during the first round of play at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational on Friday and is in third place, seven shots off the lead. The 18-team, 100-individual tournament is being played at Karsten Golf Course (par 71, 7,013 yards).

New Mexico leads the field by five shots at 8-under 276, followed by San Diego State in second at 3-under. California and Oregon State are both one shot behind the Rebels in a tie for fourth at even par.

Oregon State’s Nick Chianello has a two-shot lead at 7-under 64, followed by San Diego State’s Tom Berry and New Mexico’s Victor Perez, who are both tied for second at 5-under.

The Rebels are led by sophomore Kurt Kitayama, who is three shots back in fourth place at 4-under 67. Senior Kevin Penner is tied for 16th at even-par 71, sophomore Carl Jonson is tied for 28th at 1-over 72, freshman AJ McInerney is tied for 39th at 2-over 73 and junior Nicholas Maruri is tied for 51st at 3-over 74.

The tournament will continue on Saturday and conclude on Sunday with 18 holes each day. Live scoring is being provided by Golfstat with a link at