Robert Smith, one of the greatest point guards in UNLV history, lies in a long-term care facility in Las Vegas, breathing on his own and showing signs that he could be on the road to recovery.
Duke rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Lady Rebels 20-9 to earn a 57-45 win on Thursday night at the Thomas Mack Center.
After playing a clean first half with a blistering shooting percentage, UNLV went cold, turned the ball over and couldn’t keep pace with Cal, falling 79-75 to the Golden Bears in overtime.
UNLV, which opens Saturday against Cal State Fullerton, is replacing a lot of experienced players from last season. But the Lady Rebels still plan to contend in the Mountain West.
An anonymous donor pledged to match up to $1 million in gift toward the Student-Athlete Excellence Center, which will be created to improve nutrition and sports performance among UNLV athletes.