Las Vegas, Nev.-Riana Byrd recorded her 13th double-double of the season with 16 points and 17 rebounds, and San Jose State held the conference's best three-point shooting team to just five made in the game, but a last-second shot by Idaho's Krissy Karr fell in after the buzzer as the Spartans fell 57-55 in quarterfinal action at the 2013 WAC Women's Basketball Tournament.
Byrd was 6-of-11 from the field but just 4-for-8 from the free throw line and missed two chances at the charity stripe with 18 seconds left to give San Jose State (11-19) the lead. She also collected 17 rebounds for the second consecutive game.
Emily Schill was the only other Spartan in double-figure points with 13 and added six rebounds. Leading scorer and first team All-WAC honoree Ta'Rea Cunnigan was held to just nine points on 4-of-15 shooting from the field, only the third game this season she has not scored in double-figures.
The Spartans jumped out to an early 26-11 advantage with 8:21 to go in the half, but Idaho used a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 26-20. San Jose State was able to maintain the lead for the rest of the half and went into the locker room with a 33-28 lead.
The teams battled in the second half, and the lead changed three times between the two. Byrd extended the Spartan lead to 40-35 with 16 minutes left in the game. San Jose State then scored just one free throw over the next 6:13 before Classy James hit a three-pointer to give the Spartans a 44-39 lead with 9:47 left in the game.
Idaho (15-15) then started chipping away at the lead and hitting back-to-back threes to tied the score at 46-46 with 6:48 left. Schill and Byrd then hit back-to-back buckets to push the San Jose State lead back to four points 50-46.
With 5:02 on the clock, Cunningan gave the Spartans a 52-49 advantage on her first basket of the second half. Idaho then scored the next four points to take a 53-52 lead, their first since 31 seconds into the game.
The lead then changed two more times as Byrd hit a field goal for the 54-53 lead, before Idaho took a 55-54 lead. Byrd hit a free throw to tie the game at 55-55 with 2:55 left. No team scored again until Karr's shot fell in with no time remaining.
San Jose State vs Idaho
3/13/13 12:05 pm at Orleans Arena (Las Vegas, NV)
IDAHO 57, SAN JOSE STATE 55
SAN JOSE STATE (11-19)
Byrd, Riana 6-11 4-8 16; Schill, Emily 6-9 1-2 13; James, Classye 3-10 1-1 9; Cunnigan, Ta'Rea 4-15 0-0 9; Thomas, Chereese 2-12 0-0 6; Tauala, Jayzyl 1-1 0-0 2; Hill, Alexis 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-59 6-11 55.
Barr, Stacey 7-9 0-0 17; Karr, Krissy 4-11 1-1 10; Forde, Ali 4-6 1-5 9; Charlston, Alyssa 3-8 2-6 8; Ballestero, Connie 4-11 0-0 8; Salvatore, Christina 1-8 0-0 3; Graham, Jessica 1-4 0-0 2; Schivo, Addie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-57 4-12 57.
San Jose State................ 33 22 - 55
Idaho......................... 28 29 - 57
3-point goals--San Jose State 5-15 (Thomas, Chereese 2-5; James, Classye 2-6; Cunnigan, Ta'Rea 1-4), Idaho 5-21 (Barr, Stacey 3-4; Karr, Krissy 1-7; Salvatore, Christina 1-5; Ballestero, Connie 0-3; Graham, Jessica 0-1; Charlston, Alyssa 0-1). Fouled out--San Jose State-None, Idaho-None. Rebounds--San Jose State 40 (Byrd, Riana 17), Idaho 37 (Forde, Ali 9). Assists--San Jose State 12 (Cunnigan, Ta'Rea 6), Idaho 8 (Ballestero, Connie 4). Total fouls--San Jose State 13, Idaho 13. Technical fouls--San Jose State-None, Idaho-None.