weather icon Clear

Southern Methodist beats Lady Rebels on last-second shot

The UNLV women’s basketball team gave up an eight-point lead in the final five minutes, losing 56-55 when Southern Methodist’s Samantha Mahnesmith hit a jumper with five seconds left Monday night in the final game of the BTI Classic at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Markiell Styles’ two free throws with 4:48 remaining put the Lady Rebels (5-6) up 51-43, but the Mustangs outscored UNLV 13-4 the rest of the way.

Two Kelli Thompson free throws gave UNLV a 53-47 edge with 3:39 remaining. All the Lady Rebels could muster from there were two more free throws from Sandrine Nzeukou with 1:01 left to make it 55-52.

Christine Elliott hit two free throws for SMU with 46 seconds left. On the Mustangs’ final possession, Elliott grabbed an offensive rebound off a blocked shot and passed to Mahnesmith for the game winner.

Jamie Smith led UNLV with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
UNLV not expected to be a darling of MW media

The Mountain West basketball media day is Tuesday. UNLV isn’t expecting to get much love. But that might not be a bad thing considering the media’s prognisticating record.