Women's Hoops Can't Hold Lead At UTSA; Fall 64-60

 

San Antonio, Texas  - The San Jose State women's basketball team had a 54-44 lead with 5:41 to play, but hit just one field goal down the stretch and lost a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) match-up 64-60 against the UTSA Roadrunners. 

After a Riana Byrd three-point play gave the Spartans (11-17, 8-9 WAC) a 10-point advantage inside six minutes to go, the Roadrunners' Simone Young hit back-to-back 3-pointers.   Ashley Spaletta hit a trey of her own, followed by a Young layup and in less than a minute and a half, the double-digit lead changed to a one-point deficit, 55-54.

Over the final 3:40 San Jose State went 1-for-6 from the floor while the Roadrunners (15-13, 9-8 WAC) hit two of their four shot attempts and 3-of-4 from the line for the four point win.

The Spartans held the UTSA starters to just 6-of-22 from the field for 16 points, but the Roadrunners bench, specifically Young (17 points), Spalettam (18 points) and Niaga Mitchell-Cole (10 points), combined to score 45 points, including 33 of the team's 42 second-half points.

San Jose State's Ta'Rea Cunnigan led all scorers with 23, including going to the line a career-high 16 times and equaling her career-best with 13 made free throws.  Cunnigan scored 21 of her points in the second half.  Chereese Thomas, who finished in double figures for the third straight game, had 10 points all coming in the first 20 minutes.

The Spartans outscored UTSA 34-to-16 in the paint, shooting 38 percent for the night.  They also had a slight, 40-to-39, advantage on the boards, but saw the Roadrunners outscore them 14-to-2 in second chance points.

UTSA build a 10-6 lead in the first five minutes of the game, but then went cold.  They missed their next 11 shot attempts while San Jose State scored 11 points, built a 17-10 lead and took a 26-22 led to the locker rooms.

The Spartans opened the second half with a five-minute, 11-to-4 run to open an 11-point, 37-26 lead.  It was the first of five double-digit leads they would have in the second half, the last coming at 54-44 with 5:41 to play.

San Jose State wraps up the regular season on Saturday afternoon in San Marcos, Texas against the Texas State Bobcats.  Tipoff in the Strahan Coliseum is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

 

 

San Jose State vs UTSA

3/7/13 7 pm at San Antonio, Texas (Convocation Center)

UTSA 64, SAN JOSE STATE 60

SAN JOSE STATE (11-17, 8-9 WAC)

Cunnigan, Ta'Rea 5-15 13-16 23; Thomas, Chereese 5-11 0-0 10; Schill, Emily 3-6 3-4 9; Tauala, Jayzyl 2-3 2-2 7; James, Classye 2-7 2-2 6; Byrd, Riana 2-4 1-1 5; Hill, Alexis 0-4 0-1 0. Totals 19-50 21-26 60.

UTSA (15-13, 9-8 WAC)

Spaletta, Ashley 6-14 0-2 18; Young, Simone 6-16 2-2 17; Mitchell-Cole, Niaga 3-5 2-4 10; Bell, Mannasha 2-3 1-2 5; Turner, Miki 2-9 0-0 4; King, Kamra 1-5 2-2 4; Cooper, Cori 1-4 1-2 3; York, Whitney 1-3 1-2 3; Thorman, Lyndi 0-1 0-0 0; Wright, Whitney 0-2 0-0 0; Elonu, Akunna 0-3 0-0 0; Menz, Jenny 0-0 0-0 0; Malone, Jermini 0-0 0-0 0; Hergott, Mathilde 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-67 9-16 64.

San Jose State................   26   34  -   60

UTSA..........................   22   42  -   64

3-point goals--San Jose State 1-5 (Tauala, Jayzyl 1-1; Thomas, Chereese 0-1; James, Classye 0-1; Hill, Alexis 0-1; Cunnigan, Ta'Rea 0-1), UTSA 11-33 (Spaletta, Ashley 6-12; Young, Simone 3-10; Mitchell-Cole, Niaga 2-2; King, Kamra 0-3; York, Whitney 0-1; Thorman, Lyndi 0-1; Hergott, Mathilde 0-2;  Turner, Miki 0-2). Fouled out--San Jose State-None, UTSA-None. Rebounds--San  Jose State 40 (Schill, Emily 6; James, Classye 6), UTSA 39 (Cooper, Cori 6;  Young, Simone 6). Assists--San Jose State 5 (Thomas, Chereese 2; Hill,  Alexis 2), UTSA 18 (Turner, Miki 7). Total fouls--San Jose State 20, UTSA 25. Technical fouls--San Jose State-None, UTSA-None. A-648