Las Vegas, Nev. - Brittany Johnson scored in double figures for the third time in as many games, but the UNLV Rebels (4-0) front line was too much for the San Jose State as the Spartans (0-3) fell 78-41 in Cox Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.
"Fatigue and injuries played a large factor today," head coach Tim La Kose said. "I could see it at the first media timeout. (UNLV) was at home, they were fresh and they took it to us."
By the first media timeout, at the 15:35 mark of the first half, the Rebels had built a 15-0 advantage, led by five points by Lenita Sanford and Jamie Smith who would finish with a game-high 17 and 10 points, respectively.
San Jose State finally got on the board with just under 15 minutes to play in the first half, on a Johnson layup. Johnson finished the night with a team-high 11 points and six rebounds.
"Brittany has provided us with a consistant effort and leadershiop on and off the court," La kose said.
Myesha Broaden got a layup with 11:23 left in the half to cut the Rebels lead to 17-7, but a 15-0 run by UNLV over the next four and a half minutes pushed the lead to 25 and the Rebels took a 43-15 lead into halftime.
UNLV, working the ball inside with their three front court players finished with a 38-to-22 advantage in points in the paint. The three, Sanford, Smith and Sandrine Nzeukou scored 39 of the Rebels 78 points. Kelli Thompson also reached double digit scoring with 11 points.
San Jose State grabbed 48 rebounds including 22 on the offensive glass, but could convert them into just 11 points.
"We finished the game even in turnovers which bodes well for us, but the fatigue led to missed shots, especially from the free throw line (where the Spartans were 8-for 22). We are looking forward to getting home and healthy," La Kose said.
The Spartans next game is Wednesday, November 20 against the Eastern Illinois Panthers. The tipoff in The Event Center is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.