ISLANDERS RALLY FALLS SHORT AT SMU
Dallas -- The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team lost a 73-65 decision Tuesday night at Moody Coliseum on the campus of SMU.
The first career double-double by Myeisha Myles was not enough to bring the Islanders back from a halftime deficit as Myles recorded 10 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.
"Myles has been somewhat of an unofficial team leader for us this year." said Islanders head coach Robert Robinson. "She might not have given us the scoring she normally does but she made up for it with her rebounding tonight."
The Islanders led early on but could not keep up with the hot shooting of the Mustangs, as SMU shot at a 53.6% while TAMUCC was only able to manage 32.4% in the first half.
Deziree Green got the Islanders on the board first with a three-pointer at 18:49. After an SMU three to answer on the very next possession, back-to-back layups by Sarah Davidson gave the Islanders a 7-5 lead.
At the first media timeout, the Islanders held a 9-5 lead.
The first shots of the game taken by Adrienne Scott and Jade Davis resulted in their first points of the game, scoring in back-to-back trips down the court to extend the Islander lead to 13-5.
A made free throw by Christine Elliott and a quick three-pointer by LaShandra Hill pulled the Mustangs to within 13-9 going into the second media timeout of the half at 11:27.
Coming out of the timeout, Brittany Gilliam layups came on each side of an Alice Severin layup to even the score at 15-15.
After losing the lead to SMU by a 16-15 margin, Nyesha Adams put the Islanders back on top at the 8:32 mark with a made jumper to end the Islanders scoreless streak.
Adams added another jumper at 7:45 to extend the Islanders lead to 19-16. SMU's Elliott made a layup and foul shot to even the score at the 7:22 media timeout.
After an SMU three-pointer gave the Mustangs a 22-19 lead, Jade Davis answered back on the next possession with a three of her own to knot the score at 22-22 with 5:20 left in the half.
With the score tied at 24-24 late in the half, a flurry of unanswered points by the Mustangs gave SMU a 37-24 halftime lead.
Starting the second half, both teams scored early and often with the Islanders unable to cut into the lead, running the score to 46-33 at the first media timeout at 15:36.
Coming out of the timeout, Montgomery beat the shot clock buzzer with a three-pointer to put the score at 46-36. With another basket from Green, the Islanders cut the lead to 46-38, forcing the Mustangs to call a quick timeout.
Coming out of the timeout, another Montgomery three-pointer cut the Mustand lead to five at 46-41.
After SMU extended the lead back to 10 at 53-43, Davis got the Islanders back into it with a made three-pointer to make it 53-46 SMU.
The two teams continued to battle back-and-forth with SMU slowly building their lead back up until a three-pointer by SMU made it 73-58 with a little more than two minutes remaining in the game.
The Islanders still had some fight left in them as Green hit a three pointer with 1:10 left in the game and Jade Davis made a pair of free throws with 53 seconds left in the game but they were not able to get any closer than eight when Myles made a pair of free throws to make it 73-65 and score the final points of the game.
The free throws also gave Myles her first career double-double with 10 points and 17 rebounds.
"I thought that was our best 40 minutes of basketball out there tonight." said Robinson. "We outscored them in the second half points wise, we just got in too big of a hole at the end of the first half."
The Islanders were called for 20 fouls compared to the 12 called on SMU.
"That's life on the road." said Robinson. "It's tough to take but it helps prepare us for road games in conference play."
The Islanders were led in scoring by Green and Davis with 15 points each. Adams and Myles each had 10 as the only other Islanders in double digits.
Myles' 17 rebounds was a game-high with Davidson adding six as the second-leading rebounder.
The Islanders get a much needed rest now, while taking time off for finals until Dec. 13 when they travel to Edinburg to take on Texas-Pan American.