Spartans Fall To UNLV 72-68 In Overtime

Ta'Rea Cunnigan's 24 points versus UNLV move her to within 22 of the San José State women's basketball scoring record.
Jan. 10, 2015

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San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State women's basketball team had a four-point lead with 45 seconds to play in regulation, but couldn't hold the lead.  They were then outscored 14-10 in overtime and fell 72-68 to the UNLV Rebels on Saturday afternoon in The Event Center.  The loss snaps the Spartans unbeaten home streak of six games. 

Trailing 54-52 with 2:25 to play, Ta'Rea Cunnigan, who led the team with 24 points, took over.  She scored six points on three straight possessions while pulling down two defensive rebounds and gave the Spartans a 58-54 lead inside a minute to play. 

However, UNLV would not go away.  They got a layup from Amie Callaway and then a jumper with 13 second to play from Danielle Miller to tie the game up 58-58. 

Miller, who led all scorers with 30 points, opened the overtime converting a three-point play and a layup to give the Rebels (5-9, 2-2 MW) a lead they would not relinquish down the stretch.  They converted 4-of-8 in the extra period and hit 6-of-9 free throws to earn the four-point victory.

The Spartans (8-6, 2-2 MW) struggled from the field in the first half shooting just 25 percent. At one point, they went 7:43 with out a bucket.  Their 20-14 lead with 10:14 to go before halftime was a 27-20 deficit with 2:31 to go.  The Spartans contributed to the UNLV advantage by committing nine turnovers in the run. 

But before the half ended the Spartans made it a one-point game after back-to-back treys from first Rebecca Woodberry, who finished with 17 points, and then Rachol West who contributed 10 points off the bench. The Spartans trailed 29-28.

UNLV maintained its lead throughout the second half until the Spartans run at the end of regulation. 

Riana Byrd had her first double-double of the year with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

San José State returns to action on Wednesday, January 14 at Fresno State.  Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

 

UNLV vs San Jose State

01/10/15 1:00 p.m. at San Jose, Calif. (The  Event Center)

At San Jose, Calif. (The  Event Center)

UNLV 72, SAN JOSE STATE 68

UNLV (5-9, 2-1 MW)

MILLER, Danielle 9-29 10-13 30; CALLAWAY, Amie 8-11 0-0 16; CESARZ, Alana

4-17 0-2 8; WHEATLEY, Nikki 3-9 0-0 6; ROHDE, Aley 1-6 2-4 4; JOHNSON,

Brooke 1-6 2-2 4; MAJOR, Diamond 1-1 0-0 2; ANDERSON, Alyssa 1-1 0-0 2;

COOK, Jehiah 0-0 0-0 0; SHEPPARD, Simone 0-0 0-0 0; SMITH, Kandyce 0-0 0-0

0; BARTEE, Jazmyne 0-0 0-0 0; CHARLES, Briana 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-81 14-21

72.

SAN JOSE STATE (8-7, 2-2 MW)

Cunnigan, Ta'Rea 10-20 4-7 24; Woodberry, Rebecca 5-17 2-2 17; Byrd, Riana

5-10 1-2 11; West, Rachol 2-7 4-4 10; Harris, Nyre 1-8 1-2 4; Smith, Jasmine

0-4 2-2 2; Vann, Emily 0-2 0-0 0; Baird, Paris 0-1 0-0 0; Thomas, Chereese

0-3 0-0 0; Ladd, Myzhanique 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-73 14-19 68.

UNLV..........................   29   29   14  -   72

San Jose State................   28   30   10  -   68

3-point goals--UNLV 2-21 (MILLER, Danielle 2-13; CESARZ, Alana 0-4;

WHEATLEY, Nikki 0-1; JOHNSON, Brooke 0-3), San Jose State 8-30 (WOODBERRY,

Rebecca 5-14; West, Rachol 2-5; Harris, Nyre 1-3; Vann, Emily 0-2; BAIRD,

Paris 0-1; Thomas, Chereese 0-2; Cunnigan, Ta'Rea 0-3). Fouled

out--UNLV-None, San Jose State-None. Rebounds--UNLV 58 (CESARZ, Alana 12),

San Jose State 50 (Byrd, Riana 13). Assists--UNLV 11 (COOK, Jehiah 4), San

Jose State 19 (Thomas, Chereese 6). Total fouls--UNLV 16, San Jose State 19.

Technical fouls--UNLV-None, San Jose State-None. A-416