Rodjanae Wade had game highs of 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead UNLV past St. John’s 79-75 in overtime in the Lady Rebel Round-Up consolation game Sunday at Cox Pavilion.
LaTecia Smith sent the game to an extra period with putback basket with 11.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter, and the senior guard scored four of her 16 points in overtime for the Lady Rebels (2-4).
Leilani Correa scored 20 points and Kadaja Bailey 13 for the Red Storm (4-3), who led 36-35 at halftime but trailed 60-53 after three quarters. St. John’s went up 63-60 with a 10-0 fourth-quarter run.
Tiana England had 12 points and Alissa Alston 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Red Storm, who were outrebounded 57-48, including 26-16 on the offensive end.
UNLV had a 17-10 edge in second-chance points and outscored St. John’s 46-36 in the paint.
In the tournament title game, IUPUI (4-3) posted a 59-53 win over Elon (3-4).
The Rebels accepted an invitation to the Women’s National Invitational Volleyball Championship for a second straight season.
The tournament field consists of 32 teams, with eight sites comprised of four teams apiece.
UNLV (19-10) will open play at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Vermillion, South Dakota, against Missouri-Kansas City (17-11). The site’s other two teams, South Dakota (27-2) and Central Michigan (21-8), will play at 5 p.m. Thursday, with the winners meeting at noon Friday.
The third round is scheduled for Dec. 9-12 and the semifinals for Dec. 13-15. The championship will be either Dec. 16, 17 or 18.
The Rebels, who closed the regular season with six straight wins and 15 victories in their final 16 matches, advanced to the WNIVC semifinals last season before losing 3-1 to eventual champion Iowa State in Ames, Iowa.
In all, UNLV went 3-1 in the WNIVC last year, beating UC Irvine 3-0, Fresno State 3-2 and Portland 3-1.