Fresno State defeated UNLV 80-65 in the Mountain West tournament quarterfinals to end the Lady Rebels’ basketball season at 13-19. The Bulldogs (20-10) are the defending tournament champions.
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The road to the NCAA Tournament is not as clear this year as it has been in the past. So what do the Rebels need to do to make it to the NCAA Tournament for the 5th year in a row? Well, the consensus among fans and experts alike is that there is only one answer: Win the Mountain West Tournament.
The Lady Rebels almost were crushed again. They withstood first- and second-half runs by San Jose State that almost ended their basketball season. But UNLV rallied to beat the Spartans 78-75 for its first conference tournament victory since 2009.
Birch has been one of the nation’s top shot blockers this season, and for the second consecutive season, UNLV’s 6-foot-9-inch junior forward was named the Mountain West’s Defensive Player of the year.
UNLV had high hopes for this women’s basketball season, but struggled to an 12-18 record and seventh seed in the Mountain West tournament. The Lady Rebels open against San Jose State at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
With time ticking down and the odds rising against San Diego State, senior point guard Xavier Thames stepped into the spotlight again on a dramatic final night of the Mountain West Conference regular season.
hope Khem Birch listens to the right people. I hope he takes his time and clearly examines his options and understands the NBA will not suddenly disappear in a year’s time.
Just when it seemed Deonte Burton might go down without a fight, the senior guard unleashed a flurry. And, when it was over, UNLV was hit with a knockout blow.
The UNLV women’s basketball team will play San Jose State at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the first round of the Mountain West tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center.
At the time, it sounded like wishful thinking, and maybe the naive optimism of youth. Now, the words uttered by Deonte Burton are purely prophetic.