UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Lady Rebels Announce 2020-21 Schedule


Lady Rebels will play five of their first seven games at home including the season opener on Nov. 25


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The UNLV women’s basketball team will open its 2020-21 schedule with five of its first seven games at home, including the season-opener on Wednesday, Nov. 25 against Northern Arizona in the Thomas & Mack Center as the athletics department announced the team’s 25-game regular season schedule Tuesday.


“We are so excited to officially release our game schedule for the season,” said UNLV Lady Rebels first-year head coach Lindy La Rocque. “We know there will be many challenges ahead as the health and safety of our team will remain our top priority, but we are thankful for the opportunity and eager to get on the court to compete this season.”


All 25 Lady Rebel regular-season games, as well as any postseason contests, will have an audio broadcast. A selected number of games will be carried locally on stations to be determined, while the remaining contests will have the audio broadcast available online through StretchInternet. Wyatt Tomchek returns for his second full year as the Voice of the Lady Rebels on the radio broadcasts, and will be joined by Kevaney Martin on home games. The video streaming will again have Ben Wilson as play-by-play.

UNLV plays three non-conference games to start the season. Following the NAU contest, the Lady Rebels will be on the road at Cal State Fullerton for a Dec. 3 contest, followed by a Dec. 5 game at Utah Valley.  Of the opening three-game stretch, this marks the first meeting with the Lady Rebels and NAU since a UNLV win in the Cox Pavilion on Dec. 29, 2010, while the game at the Titans is a rematch of last year’s season-opener, a 64-58 loss. UNLV and Utah Valley will be meeting for the first time in program history.


The Lady Rebels will then open Mountain West play with a pair of games at home against Wyoming on Dec. 12 and 14. The MW announced changes to its schedule format on November 9, emphasizing health and safety, while significantly reducing travel. The conference slate includes 20 games for each team that will play out over 11 weeks. In the new format, teams will face each other in a two-game series in the same week with a one-day break between contests. Each institution will have five home and five road series with league play beginning in December and concluding the last week of February.


Once again, the Lady Rebels are hosting the Duel In The Desert tournament, with this year’s field featuring LSU, Loyola Marymount and Pacific along UNLV. The three-day event will run from Dec. 19-21, with the Lady Rebels facing Pacific Dec. 20 and LMU Dec. 21. All four games in the tournament are scheduled to be played in the Thomas & Mack Center.


Following the Christmas break, the Lady Rebels return to conference play with its first road league road trip, games at San Diego State Dec. 31 and Jan. 2. UNLV will also go on the road to play New Mexico, Utah State, Air Force and Fresno State. Home series will be against Colorado State, UNR for the annual Silver State Series games (Jan. 30, Feb. 1), Boise State, and San Jose State.


It was announced Monday that the beginning of the season will be played without fans in attendance. UNLV Athletics will stay abreast of developments and health recommendations to determine if fans are able to attend home basketball games as the season progresses.


This season’s MW Tournament will again be held in the Thomas & Mack Center. The first round will begin Sunday, March 7 with three games, and then four more games will be played March 8, and the semifinals at night March 9. The championship game will be played Wednesday, March 10.


Though the Lady Rebels graduated three senior starters, they return 2019-20 MW Defensive Player of the Year Bailey Thomas while sophomore forward Delaynie Byrne is also eligible after sitting out her transfer year from Minnesota.