Lady Rebels lose 99-97 shootout against San Jose State in regular-season finale

Nyre Harris’ two free throws with 5.1 seconds left gave San Jose State a victory Friday in the highest-scoring game ever at Cox Pavilion, a 99-97 verdict over UNLV in the teams’ Mountain West women’s basketball regular-season finale.

The Spartans (13-16, 7-11) overcame the Lady Rebels’ 46-27 edge in rebounds by making an arena-record 19 3-pointers, including 13 in the first half. They shot 51.4 percent from beyond the arc and 49.3 percent overall from the field. Rebecca Woodberry had an arena-record eight 3s en route to 27 points.

Yet Woodberry was only the game’s third-highest scorer. Alana Cesarz had a career-high 32 points for UNLV (13-16, 10-8), and Ta’Rea Cunnigan’s 28 points gave her 2,005 for her career — tops in San Jose State history.

Danielle Miller scored 21 points, Nikki Wheatley had 10 points and eight assists, and Aley Rohde totaled 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Lady Rebels, who trailed 53-49 at halftime and by as many as 10 points in the second half despite shooting 52.9 percent from the field.

UNLV is the No. 5 seed for the Mountain West tournament and will play No. 4 seed Boise State in a quarterfinal at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Thomas & Mack Center.

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