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UNLV women united, ready to build on historic conference title win

Steve Marcus

UNLV Lady Rebels guard Essence Booker (24) celebrates after making a basket during the Mountain West womens championship game against the Colorado State Rams at the Thomas & Mack Center Wednesday, March 9, 2022.

UNLV women united, ready to build on historic conference title win
Fri, Jul 15, 2022 (2 a.m.)
As Nneka Obiazor pulled up on the wing and swished a long 3-pointer, four of her UNLV teammates applauded from the bleachers, and the encouragement continued until ...

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UNLV Lady Rebels guard Essence Booker (24) gets a hug from UNLV Lady Rebels head coach Lindy La Rocque as the Lady Rebels celebrate their 75-65 victory over the Colorado State Rams in the Mountain West womens championship game at the Thomas & Mack Center Wednesday, March 9, 2022.
As Title IX hits 50, UNLV mostly in compliance — with some occasional prodding
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex was prohibited at any educational institution receiving federal aid. It meant that women in athletics were afforded the same status as men: College teams must ...
Arizona forward Sam Thomas (14) and UNLV forward Khayla Rooks (20) fall to the court after Thomas tried to steal the ball during a first-round game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz.
Upset bid stalls late as UNLV women fall to Arizona
Saturday, March 19, 2022
UNLV finishes the season 26-7, having claimed the Mountain West regular-season and tournament titles. And with most of the key players returning ...

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Arizona forward Sam Thomas (14) and UNLV forward Khayla Rooks (20) fall to the court after Thomas tried to steal the ball during a first-round game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz.
Live coverage: Arizona pulls away late, eliminates UNLV 72-67
Saturday, March 19, 2022
UNLV's upset bid came up short, as Arizona pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 72-67 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ...

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UNLV Lady Rebels guard Essence Booker (24) takes the ball upcourt during the Mountain West womens championship game against the Colorado State Rams at the Thomas & Mack Center Wednesday, March 9, 2022.
UNLV women ready to run vs. Arizona in NCAA Tournament
Friday, March 18, 2022
It has taken the UNLV women’s basketball program 20 years to make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. Don’t expect them to shy away from the spotlight now that they’ve arrived ...

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The 2021-22 UNLV women's basketball team watches the NCAA Tournament selection show.
UNLV women draw Arizona in first round of NCAAs
Sunday, March 13, 2022
The UNLV women’s basketball team didn’t have to wait very long to learn their fate on Sunday as they gathered at the Thomas & Mack Center to watch the NCAA Tournament selection show ...

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UNLV Lady Rebels head coach Lindy La Rocque cuts down the net after the Lady Rebels' 75-65 victory over the Colorado State Rams in the Mountain West womens championship game at the Thomas & Mack Center Wednesday, March 9, 2022.
UNLV women win Mountain West tourney, punch ticket to NCAAs
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
The UNLV women’s basketball team completed a dominant Mountain West campaign on Wednesday, knocking off Colorado State in the conference championship game, 75-65, to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament ...

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UNLV forward Desi-Rae Young guards Northern Arizona's Jacey Bailey at the Thomas & Mack Center Nov. 25, 2020. Young, who was not heavily recruited out of high school, was the Lady Rebels’ most valuable player in 2020-21.
UNLV player goes from lightly recruited to one of league's best
Desi-Rae Young only had 2 scholarship offers out of Desert Oasis High School
Friday, November 12, 2021
When the UNLV women’s basketball team runs sprints during practice, she usually finishes first. Hates to get beat, actually. And during games, when there is a loose ball or contested rebound, she takes pride in being the first ...
UNLV Lady Rebels guard Bailey Thomas (14) drives to the basket during a game against the Boise State Broncos at Cox Pavilion Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021.
Behind senior leader Bailey Thomas, UNLV women’s basketball team works through its list of goals
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Every day, Bailey Thomas makes a to-do list. Lots of people do that, but her docket tends to go more in depth than your normal checklist.
Players warm up before a game between the UNLV Rebels and the New Mexico Lobos at the Thomas & Mack Center Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021.
UNLV basketball receives record $8 million donation
Monday, February 8, 2021
UNLV announced today that its basketball programs have received an $8 million gift from the estate of James Baumberger, the largest such donation in the university’s athletics history. Baumberger, who died in 2016, was an avid UNLV basketball supporter dating back to the glory days of the ...

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UNLV Lady Rebels head coach Lindy La Rocque speaks with an official during a game against the Stanford Cardinal at the Thomas & Mack Center Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020.
Teacher beats student as No. 2 Stanford routs UNLV 101-54
Saturday, December 5, 2020
The game was a reunion for Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer and La Rocque, who played in four Final Fours with the Cardinal from 2009-12 and was an assistant at her alma mater until taking over at UNLV.
First-year UNLV basketball coach Lindy La Rocque instructs senior guard Bailey Thomas during a practice ahead of the 2020-21 season. Thomas, a product of Centennial High, is the reigning Mountain West defensive player of the year.
New women’s coach ready to return UNLV to glory
Las Vegas native La Rocque sees bright future on horizon for team
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Hired last spring as the program’s new coach, Lindy La Rocque doesn’t have to be sold on the greatness of the university or city. She’s seen firsthand many of the memorable moments, or cheered from a distance over the past decade since leaving town on her basketball journey.
Lindy La Rocque
Las Vegas legend Lindy La Rocque hired as UNLV women's basketball coach
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
The city of Las Vegas is bringing one of its own back home, as UNLV announced on Wednesday that former Durango star Lindy La Rocque will be its next women’s basketball coach. La Rocque has spent the last three years as an assistant coach at Stanford ...

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Lady Rebels Head Coach Kathy Olivier calls out as she is introduced during the Runnin' Rebels Scarlet & Gray Showcase at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.
Kathy Olivier steps down after 12 seasons with Lady Rebels
Friday, March 6, 2020
Kathy Olivier, who led the UNLV women’s basketball team to the 2017-18 regular season Mountain West championship, has stepped down as the program’s head coach, the university ...
Mia Bell is a Las Vegas local and assistant coach for the UNLV women's basketball team.
Local legacy: Lady Rebels assistant coach has helped open UNLV’s Vegas pipeline
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
As she waited to be handed a UNLV degree in 2013, Mia Bell couldn't help thinking about her late mother. The accomplishment of becoming a college graduate was something the two had long talked about, and the day had finally arrived. Of all the life events her mom had missed over the past eight years, this one ...