Sunday, December 2, 2012


 By Mark Wasik

 Lady Rebels to play Binghamton in ASU Classic consolation game Sunday

" The UNLV women's basketball team played No. 23 Dayton even in the second half, but couldn't overcome a huge first-half ending run by the Flyers, dropping an 82-58 contest on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the ASU Classic at Wells Fargo Arena. UNLV (2-5) will now play in the consolation game on Sunday against Binghamton at 11 am (PST), while Dayton (8-0) moves to the championship game against Arizona State.

Thanks to five quick points from Kelli Thompson, UNLV took an early 7-2 lead. The Lady Rebels' last lead of the game was at 9-7 off another Thompson basket at the 14:56 mark. Dayton then scored seven straight to take the lead for good, going up 14-9 at the 13:15 mark. UNLV closed the edge to 18-17 off a Thompson trey, and following a Dayton three-pointer, Amie Callaway made one of two at the line to make it a 21-18 game with 8:35 on the clock.

UNLV would score just one point the rest of the half, missing its last 14 shots of the opening stanza. Dayton made the Lady Rebels pay for that scoring drought, as the Flyers went on a 21-1 run to burst out a 42-19 halftime edge. Dayton connected on nine of 12 shots in that stretch, and finished the half shooting 50% to 24.1% for UNLV.

The Lady Rebels came out determined to make a charge in the second half, and a 13-4 run in the first four minutes did just that. After being held scoreless in the first half, Danielle Miller scored five straight during the run, while back-to-back treys from Thompson and Amanda Anderson capped the run to bring UNLV within 46-32 at the 15:42 mark of the second half. Dayton countered back with an 11-0 run to go up by 25, 57-32. Again UNLV made a run, with seven straight points cutting the lead back down to 18 at 57-39 at 11:13, and the Flyers' edge remained between 15-23 points for the rest of the game until the final two minutes.

Thompson finished with a game and season-high 27 points to pace UNLV. Miller was the next highest scorer with nine points and nine rebounds, while Alana Cesarz added eight points, and Rmanii Haynes dished out seven assists. UNLV shot 35.1% (20-of-57) for the game, was 6-of-22 from three-point range for 27.3%, and made just 12-of-22 at the line for 54.5%. UNLV was out rebounded by a 51-35 margin, which led to a 16-4 edge on second chance points for Dayton.

Four finished in double figures for Dayton, with Samantha MacKay posting 18 points. Andrea Hoover added 14, Ally Malott 13 and Cassie Sant 12. The Flyers shot 47.1% (33-of-70) for the afternoon from the floor, were 7-of-22 from downtown for 31.8%, and made 9-of-18 at the charity stripe for 50%.

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