March 1, 2007
LAS VEGAS - Sequoia Holmes scored 22 points and Latosha Pace added 14 off the bench as UNLV knocked off New Mexico 70-59 in a Mountain West Conference game on Thursday night at Cox Arena. UNM (20-8, 10-5 MWC) saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end and dropped to 2-16 all-time in Las Vegas. The Lady Rebels won their third straight, improving to 13-14 on the year and 7-8 in MWC play.
After a back-and-forth first half, the Lobos jumped out to an 11-point lead, 45-34, with 15:30 left to play. The UNLV defense stiffened, however, and a 12-4 Rebel surge closed the deficit to 49-46 with 11:05 to play.
The Rebels' full-court pressure continued to frustrate the Lobos as New Mexico scored just 10 points in the game's final 11 minutes. Pace, meanwhile, hit a trio of long range three-pointers and Holmes delivered a dagger with an open-court steal and lay-up to put UNLV up 63-55 with 4:03 remaining.
New Mexico still had opportunities down the stretch, but turnovers and missed free throws combined to give the Lobos their first loss since Jan. 24.
UNM finished with 20 turnovers, including 11 in the second half, and had just nine assists. Fifteen turnovers came on UNLV steals. Normally one of the Mountain West Conference's top free throw shooting teams, New Mexico finished just 13-23 from the charity stripe.
UNLV, meanwhile, was surprisingly effective from beyond the arc, hitting 6-11 (54%) on the night. The Rebels entered the game as the worst three-point shooting team in the league, hitting just 26 percent from long range on the year.
UNM was sluggish out of the gates, going scoreless for the first 3:27 of the game and committing four turnovers in the opening four minutes. New Mexico chipped away, however, and grabbed its first lead with 8:10 remaining in the period (19-18).
The Lobos appeared poised to break the game open several times in the first half, but Holmes kept the Rebels close. Her steal and lay-up as time expired gave UNLV a 32-31 halftime lead.
Holmes notched five steals and five rebounds to go along with her game-high 22 points.
Dionne Marsh and Julie Briody each had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Lobos. Marsh scored 10 in the first half, while Briody had 14 in the second half. Katie Montgomery added 12 points for New Mexico.
Notes: Dionne Marsh became the 12th Lobo to surpass 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career...Marsh needed one rebound entering tonight's game...she has 1,313 points and 508 in her three years at New Mexico...UNM dropped to 2-8 when scoring below 60 points...the Lobos are 18-0 when scoring 60 or more...New Mexico lost for just the second time in 20 games when outrebounding its opponent...the Lobos held a 41-34 advantage on the boards tonight.