Redshirt freshman and Durango High product Mia Bell scored a game-high 17 points, but UNLV’s second-half rally came up short Sunday as the Lady Rebels fell to Northwestern 57-53 in Evanston, Ill.
UNLV (1-2) trailed 44-35 midway through the second half but outscored the Wildcats (3-0) 18-6 and closed to 55-53. A potential game-tying layup by Bell with 4.7 seconds remaining was waved off due to a charge, and Northwestern sank two free throws to seal the win.
Rejane Verin (11) and Danielle Miller (10) also scored in double figures for the Lady Rebels, who shot 28.8 percent from the field (19-66) in the game.
UNLV outrebounded an opponent for the first time in three outings this season 47-41. Amie Callaway led the Lady Rebels with nine rebounds.
UNLV will host Cal State Bakersfield (0-2) on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Thomas &Mack Center.