Lady Rebels bench steps up to defeat San Diego State

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UNLV bench erupts as their teammate gets an and-one basket against San Jose State. (Scarlet & Gray Free Press/DJ Cabanlong).

UNLV Women’s basketball defeated the San Diego State Aztecs on the road 67-60 to make its record 15-1 overall and 5-0 in conference play on Jan. 17.

The Lady Rebels bench stood out, scoring 39 points, highlighted by Nneka Obiazor, Jasmyn Lott, and Amarachi Kimpson scoring in the double digits.

UNLV won despite the team getting into serious foul trouble, with Alyssa Brown, Kiara Jackson, and Desi-Rae Young fouling out in the game.

Obiazor made an impact early in the game, splashing two 3-pointers to give the Rebels a 15-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Obiazor was the only player that heated up from beyond the arc making four 3-pointers in a game both teams shot a combined 7-of-33 from deep.

The offense for the Lady Rebels became stagnant in the second quarter. UNLV scored two field goals and a free throw to put up a dismal five points in the quarter.

The Aztecs took advantage of the Lady Rebels, making 6-of-15 of its field goals in the quarter to make the score 23-20 at the half.

The Rebels responded from its five-point quarter with a strong start of the second, with Young scoring seven points in the first four minutes of the third quarter.

Kimpson extended the Lady Rebels’ lead in the backend of the third quarter, knocking down three shots to put the Rebels up 43-37.

The UNLV bench continued to step up in the fourth quarter, with Lott drawing a foul on a jump shot to create a 3-point play on the Lady Rebels’ first possession of the fourth quarter.

San Diego State cut the deficit with Adriana Quezada and Abby Prohaska leading the Aztecs to a 7-0 run to make the score 46-44.

Obiazor flipped the momentum with a clutch 3-pointer following the Aztecs’ run to make the score 51-46 with 6:19 remaining in regulation.

UNLV extended its lead to 10 points, with Lott forcing a turnover by stealing the ball from Khylee Pepe, which led to a fast break layup by Lott with under four minutes remaining in the regulation.

The scoring leader for the Lady Rebels, Obiazor, put the game away in the Rebels’ following possession with her fourth 3-pointer to make the score 61-48 with 2:46 left.

UNLV’s 47-point second half overpowered the San Diego State offense to win 67-60.

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UNLV is back home at the Cox Pavilion to play against the New Mexico Lobos on Feb. 10 at 2 p.m.

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