In The News: Intercollegiate Athletics

KSNV-TV: News 3

UNLV student-athletes have posted their second-highest cumulative grade point average in school history, according to the athletic department. Rebels achieved a cumulative 3.31 GPA following the spring semester, a record 14th straight semester with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Las Vegas Sun

The phone would ring Monday mornings at the office of UNLV golf. Dwaine Knight would answer and give this student journalist all the time he needed for a story. No other coach on campus was as accommodating to a writer from the campus newspaper. Then again, few people are like Knight.

Las Vegas Review Journal

Hunkie Cooper always remembers what his mom told him long ago: That the things you do for yourself die and go to the grave with you, but the things you do for others create a legacy that you can’t outlive. Everything he has done is to promote the latter.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now

An endowment of $1.05 million will fund career development for women in sports, according to a Wednesday news release from the UNLV Athletics Department. The Diana Bennett Career Development Program for Women’s Sports will provide internship programming, resume building, career professional development and a variety of networking and job experience initiatives. The program is part of the “Rebel Up” Campaign, the Athletics Department said.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5

The UNLV Athletics program received a $1.05 million donation for its “Rebel Up” campaign. The donation is thanks to Diana Bennett. UNLV Athletics says Bennett served as the chair of the UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees from 2020-2022 and has been a board member since 2008. The donation will establish the creation of the Diana Bennett Career Development Program for Women’s Sports.

KSNV-TV: News 3

A gaming executive has committed over $1 million to help launch a new career development program at UNLV for women student-athletes. Paragon Gaming CEO Diana Bennett's donation will go toward creating the new initiative, which is set to launch this coming fall semester, UNLV announced Wednesday.

KSNV-TV: News 3

A UNLV golfer is ready to hit the links with the pros on Wednesday. McKenzi Hall was granted an exemption last month to compete in the LPGA Tour's T-Mobile Match Play presented by MGM Rewards.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13

Rarely does a collegiate golfer, no matter their national ranking, get to compete professionally before graduation. UNLV junior McKenzi Hall is getting to do just that this week.

Associated Press

Desi-Rae Young had 18 points, 10 rebounds and six steals to lead No. 21 UNLV to its third consecutive Mountain West Championship, defeating San Diego State 66-49 on Wednesday night. Top-seeded UNLV becomes the first Mountain West team to win both the regular season and tournament championships three years in a row.

Las Vegas Sun

Someone needed to liven up the proceedings. Moments after the UNLV women’s basketball team had won the Mountain West tournament for the third straight year, cut down the net at the Thomas & Mack Center for the third straight year, punched their ticket to the big dance for the third straight year, the postgame press conference started to take on a “same old, same old” vibe.

Las Vegas Review Journal

The UNLV women’s basketball team was closing in on winning its third straight Mountain West tournament championship and making its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. But senior center Desi-Rae Young had to make one more play. The top-seeded Lady Rebels were less than a minute away from officially punching their ticket with a 66-49 win over No. 7 San Diego State on Wednesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Mountain West Conference

Somehow, No. 1 UNLV keeps finding barriers to break through. One historic season after another, capped by a third straight Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championship title with a 66-49 win over No. 7 San Diego State.