UNLV stayed close for about 15 minutes before things like forgettable shot selection and not being able to guard anyone and never getting to the rim painted an inevitable fate.
UNLV, an 11½-point favorite, was stunned by Montana State to begin coach T.J. Otzelberger’s second season. The Rebels trailed for almost 35 minutes of the game.
The UNLV women trailed by 17 points with 7:44 left Wednesday, then cut the deficit to two before losing 79-75 to Northern Arizona in Lindy La Rocque’s debut as coach.
The coronavirus pandemic kept players away from one another during a time when they normally would build chemistry. UNLV opens the season Wednesday against Montana State.
T.J. Otzelberger’s second season at UNLV begins Wednesday when the Rebels host Montana State in what will be a fanless Thomas & Mack Center because of the coronavirus pandemic.
UNLV women’s basketball has a new coach, a largely new roster and a new enthusiasm heading into its season opener Wednesday.
Fans won’t be allowed at the Thomas & Mack Center to start the basketball season, but they can still make their presence felt by purchasing a cutout.
The Lady Rebels, under first-year coach Lindy La Rocque, open the season at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center against Northern Arizona.
The Rebels announced that they have received signed letters of intent from point guards Zaon Collins and Keshon Gilbert of Las Vegas and forward Arthur Kaluma of Arizona.
Former Durango High standout Lindy La Rocque will coach her first UNLV women’s basketball game against Northern Arizona at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Thomas & Mack Center.