Lady Rebels still perfect heading into four-team tournament

The UNLV women’s basketball team is off to a 3-0 start this season, and has a good chance to grab two more wins when it hosts the Lady Rebel Round-Up at Cox Pavilion.

The Lady Rebels open the four-team tournament at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 against Oregon State, which had a complete turnover in the offseason when seven players, including its leading scorer and rebounder, left the program, and the head coach was fired.

UNLV will then play either Pacific or Rutgers on Nov. 27.

The Lady Rebels return all five starters from last season, including junior forward Jamie Smith, who has led the Mountain West Conference in rebounding in each of her first two years; and sophomore guard Kelli Thompson, who is averaging a team-high 14.3 points per game this year.

While senior guard Erica Helms, who led UNLV in scoring last season with 13.3 ppg, has played limited minutes after giving birth in September, junior forward Lenita Sanford, a junior college transfer, has bolstered the Lady Rebels’ inside game with 11.3 points and a team-best 9.3 rebounds and three blocks per game.

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