UNLV women’s golf claims Mountain West title, NCAA bid

UNLV shot 12-over-par 300 on Saturday and pulled away to win the Mountain West Women’s Golf Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

The Rebels finished with a 54-hole total of 40-over 904, 12 shots better than second-place Boise State. It was UNLV’s first conference title since 2006 and fourth since the conference’s inception in 1999.

“Our thought going into the day was, ‘Let’s have fun and do this as a team,’ ” Rebels coach Amy Bush said. “We had one goal on our mind coming to California, and that was to bring home some hardware, and we succeeded at that.”

UNLV junior Demi Mak shot 1-over 73 in the final round and tied for first with New Mexico’s Manon DeRoey at 7-over 223. DeRoey birdied the first playoff hole to win the individual title.

The Rebels had three players in the top 10, with Mayko Chwen Wang tying for fourth at 9-over 225 and Dana Finkelstein (228) tying for ninth.

After the tournament, Bush was named Mountain West Coach of the Year, Finkelstein was named Player of the Year, and Mak, Wang and Charlotte Brooks earned All-Mountain West second-team honors.

UNLV will next compete in an NCAA regional May 9-11.

■ UNLV BASEBALL — At Albuquerque, N.M., reliever John Richy was tagged for four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, and the Rebels lost to No. 24 New Mexico 5-3 in the second game of a three-game series.

UNLV (27-15, 11-9 Mountain West) went ahead 2-1 in the top of the eighth on run-scoring singles by Erik VanMeetren and Joey Swanner. The Rebels put the tying run in scoring position in the top of the ninth before Lobos reliever Gabe Aguilar recorded the final two outs.

VanMeetren finished 3-for-4 and Swanner went 3-for-5. Teammate Joey Armstrong was 2-for-2 with a walk.

Off the field, UNLV senior Mark Shannon was one of 25 players named to the watch list for the Olerud Award, which is given to the top two-way player in the country.

■ UNLV WOMEN’S TENNIS — At Air Force Academy, Colo., the Rebels won four of five completed singles matches and beat Wyoming 4-2 to advance to the final of the Mountain West tournament. UNLV (18-7) faces top-seeded San Diego State today in the title match.

■ UNLV MEN’S TENNIS — At Air Force Academy, Colo., the Rebels (17-7) lost 4-0 to No. 2 seed Boise State in a Mountain West tournament semifinal at Air Force Academy, Colo.

■ UNLV SOFTBALL — At Reno, the Rebels allowed a run in the bottom of the eighth inning and fell 5-4 to UNR. Tayler Van Acker was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and Pauline Monreal had a two-run double in the sixth that staked the Rebels (19-26, 5-6 Mountain West) to a 4-2 lead.

■ CSN BASEBALL — The College of Southern Nevada split a doubleheader with Western Nevada, losing the opener 2-0 and taking the second game 2-1 at Morse Stadium.

In the win, A.J. Daley gave up one run and four hits in six innings for the Coyotes (34-15, 22-10 Scenic West Athletic Conference), and Evan Van Hoosier scored the eventual winning run on a passed ball in the fourth inning.

■ CSN SOFTBALL — At Rangely, Colo., the Coyotes swept a doubleheader against Colorado Northwestern, winning 16-0 and 12-1. The Coyotes (29-25, 22-21 Scenic West Athletic Conference) have won five straight.

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