ISLANDERS CRUSH WESTERN NEW MEXICO IN THANKSGIVING TOURNAMENT
Las Cruces, N.M. -- The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team got back on the winning track in the first game of the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic, beating the Western New Mexico Mustangs by an 88-60 score in the first ever meeting between the two teams.
The Islanders had six players score in double figures, led by Myeisha Myles' 16 points.
The Islanders improve to 2-3 on the season while Western New Mexico falls to 2-2.
TAMUCC came out blazing on both ends of the court in the first half Friday night. The Islanders shot an even 50% from the floor (16-32) while holding the mustangs to only 23.3% shooting (7-30) in the first half. The Islanders held a 41-17 advantage headed into halftime.
The Islanders quickly jumped out to an 11-0 lead less than five minutes into the game behind three Sarah Davidson baskets, a Shaye Montgomery jumper and a Jade Davis three-pointer.
The Mustangs answered back by hitting several shots to bring the margin to 15-13 in favor of the Islanders with 8:54 left in the first half.
The Islanders then proceeded to stretch the lead substantially, going on a 14-0 run over the next 5:24 to take a 29-13 advantage before the Mustangs finally broke through again with a pair of free throws at 3:30 to make it 29-15.
The Islanders kept pouring it on, outscoring the Mustangs 12-2 over the final 3:30 to take a 41-17 lead into halftime.
The 17 points in the first half by the Mustangs match the seventh-lowest point total allowed by the Islanders in a first half of play. The last time TAMUCC allowed just 17 points in a half was against Texas Southern on Dec. 1, 2004.
Davis led the Islanders with nine points in the first half, going a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the three-point line. Davidson added eight points while Nyesha Adams came off the bench to provide another eight points for the Islanders in the half.
In the second half, the Islanders continued the hot shooting while the Mustangs played a much closer half of basketball, as TAMUCC only outscored WNMU by a 47-43 margin in the second period.
The Islanders shot 51.4% in the second half to better their performance from the first period of play. The Mustangs actually had a better percentage, 51.9%, in the second half but were not able to get enough shots to make up the difference in the winning margin.
The Islanders had a total of six players scoring in double digits. Those players were Myles with 16, Davidson and Davis with 14 each, Deziree Green with 11 points and Adams and Lauren Smith off the bench with 10 points apiece.
Myles also led the Islanders with eight rebounds in the contest. Adrienne Scott came off the bench as the second-leading rebounder with six on the night. Montgomery dished out a game-high five assists while David contributed four and Green added three.
TAMUCC shot 50.7% for the game at 35-for-69. The Mustangs improved in the second half but still shot only 36.8% for the game at 21-for-57.
The Islanders forced 19 turnovers by the Mustangs while committing a season-low 12 in the game.
The Islanders will face off against tournament host New Mexico State on Saturday afternoon in a game with a 5:30 CST tipoff. The Islanders then have a quick turnaround as they return home Sunday and leave Monday to travel to Dallas for a Tuesday night match up against SMU.