PROVO — In its first Mountain West Conference women's basketball home game this season, BYU looks to extend its modest three-win streak and hand UNLV its first league loss.

Tipoff between the Cougars and the Rebels is 7 tonight at the Marriott Center.

BYU seeks to shut down one of the nation's leading scorers. UNLV senior forward Sequoia Holmes is ranked 19th nationally and first in the Mountain West with a 19.3-point average. She also leads the Rebels in rebounding (7.5 a game), assists and steals.

UNLV also features frontliner Shamela Hampton (11.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg).

As for double figures, the Cougars have only Mallary Carling (13.4 ppg), while the other BYU starters — Lauren Varley, Shawnee Slade, Mindy Nielson and Keilani Moeaki — each average between 8.5 to 6.0 points per game.

In the three games they've started, BYU's fivesome have led the Cougars to three victories — the season's only win streak. That includes last weekend's 60-39 MWC-opening rout at Colorado State, with freshman reserve Coriann Wood leading with three 3-pointers and 13 points.

BYU is 20-10 overall against UNLV; each won at home in splitting last year's two-game series.

In two home games last week, the Rebels downed the league's cellar-dwellers, edging CSU 57-55 and Air Force 58-48.

After tonight, BYU welcomes Utah for a 7 p.m. Saturday contest.


Women's basketball

UNLV (6-9, 2-0) at BYU (7-6, 1-0)

Marriott Center

Today, 7 p.m.

TV: BYUTV

Radio: 96.7 FM


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