Lady Rebels extend win streak to 13

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Essence Booker (left) driving to the basket guarded by Milahnie Perry (right). Photo courtesy of UNLV Athletics.

UNLV Women’s basketball extended their win streak to 13 with a dominating 98-57 win against Air Force on Saturday Feb. 4.

Top scorers for the Lady Rebels were Justice Etheridge and Kiara Jackson who both scored 18. Jackson had two things to celebrate on Saturday, a win against Air Force, and her birthday. 

The Lady Rebels dominated the paint out rebounding the Falcons 47-26  led by Desi-Rae Young who picked up 15 rebounds.

Young finished the game with a double double which included her scoring 17 points with her 15 rebounds.

The Lady Rebels began their road trip defeating the New Mexico Lobos 93-75 sweeping the Lobos for the first time since 2018 and extending their Mountain West Conference record to 12-0 on Thursday, Feb. 2.
Justice Ethridge led the Lady Rebels with 20 points and finished the game with a team-high four 3-pointers and seven rebounds.

On defense, the Lady Rebels held Shaiquel McGruder to zero points for both games on the sweep. 

“We come into the game thinking to try to not let her score,” Larocque said. “That’s just kind of how the game went.”

LaTora Duff, Aniyah Augmon, and Amaya Brown all contributed to the Lobos offense scoring 15 points a piece.

Both teams were shooting from deep to start the game with two 3-pointers by both teams to make the score 6-6 within the first two minutes of the game.

The Lady Rebels continued with the hot hand on offense with a 7-0 run to make the score 13-6 midway through the first quarter.

For the remainder of the quarter, both teams were putting up baskets however, the Lady Rebels were shooting from beyond the arc to rebuttal 2-pointers for the Lobos. 

Ethridge knocked down three 3-pointers in the first quarter of play and the Lady Rebels had a 29-19 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The third quarter started with a 3-pointer by Kenadee Winfrey extending the lead to 32-19. Winfrey finished the night with two 3-pointers and 12 points. On defense Winfrey made two of the Lady Rebels’ five steals.

“I thought [Winfrey] was great offensively,” Head Coach Lindy Larocque said. “The biggest thing is defense and I thought her defense was really good, especially late in the game.”

The Lady Rebels kept the momentum with Alyssa Brown scoring seven points in three possessions to give the Lady Rebels an 18-point lead midway through the second quarter.

The Lady Rebels’ offense cooled off at the backend of the second quarter and the Lobos’ offense took advantage of it, cutting the Lady Rebels’ lead to 47-44 at the half. 

Desi-rae Young and Essence Booker combined for 15 of the Lady Rebels’ first 20 points in the second half extending the Lady Rebels’ lead to 67-57 late in the third quarter.

A 3-pointer by Brown and a jump shot by Ethridge to end the quarter gave the Lady Rebels a 74-61 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The Lady Rebels pulled away from the Lobos with 3-pointers by Winfrey and Kiara Jackson to start off the fourth quarter with a 19-point lead.

Lady Rebels were able to go into cruise control in the fourth and defeat the New Mexico Lobos 93-75.

The Lady Rebels stayed on the road and played against Air Force on Saturday, Feb. 4 at noon. Air Force was going into Saturday with momentum winning their last two games including Colorado State.

UNLV Women’s basketball extended their win streak to 13 with a dominating 98-57 win against Air Force.

Top scorers for the Lady Rebels were Justice Etheridge and Kiara Jackson who both scored 18. Jackson had two things to celebrate on Saturday, a win against Air Force, and her birthday. 

The Lady Rebels dominated the paint out rebounding the Falcons 47-26  led by Desi-Rae Young who picked up 15 rebounds.

Young finished the game with a double double which included her scoring 17 points with her 15 rebounds.

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