December 17, 2008

ISLANDERS OFF THE MARK IN LOSS TO JACKSONVILLE STATE

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team had trouble finding the bottom of the basket as they dropped a 48-45 decision to Jacksonville State in the first game of the North Florida Lady Osprey Holiday Classic.

TAMUCC falls to 2-7 on the season while Jacksonville State improves to 2-7 on the year.

The Islanders struggled from the field throughout the game but kept battling and stayed in the game down to the wire.

"We just missed some open looks out there tonight." said Head Coach Robert Robinson. "We defended well enough to win the game, we just didn't do enough offensively."

Point guard Shaye Montgomery also saw her first action since missing the game against Texas-Pan American this past Saturday.

"I thought Shaye did well out there tonight." said Robinson. "She struggled from the field but she did a good job of getting us into our sets tonight."

The Islanders held the Gamecocks to just 37% from the field but struggled as well, shooting just 27% from the field.

In the first half, the Gamecocks took a 7-0 lead to start the game.

The Islanders slowly worked away at the lead, bringing the score to within one at 14-13 on a pair of free throws by Myeisha Myles with 7:54 left in the half.

TAMUCC then tied the score at 16-16 on a made free throw by Adrienne Scott with just 2:45 left in the half. The Islanders took their first lead of the game came with just 1:05 left in the half on a layup by Nyesha Adams to make it 20-19 TAMUCC.

Jade Davis extended the lead to 23-19 when she hit a three-pointer with just two seconds left before halftime.

Montgomery opened the second half with a quick three-pointer to give the Islanders a seven point lead at 26-19.

The Gamecocks stormed back with 13-straight points to take a 32-26 lead with 15:26 left in the game.

The Islanders were able to pull to within 32-30 on a made Lauren Smith jumper with 14:40 left in the game.

The Islanders were not able to get any closer however, as the Gamecocks extended their lead to as many as 12 points at 48-36 with 4:20 left in the game.

The Islanders staged a late-game rally, scoring the final nine points of the half. Davis hit a jumper with 1:52 left to bring the score to the final of 48-45.

Davis was the only Islander to score in double digits as she had a team-high 10 points. Smith and Montgomery each had seven points each as the second-leading scorers.

Scott had a game-high nine rebounds to lead the Islanders while Myles added six as the second-leading rebounder.

The Islanders are back in action on Thursday night as they take on host North Florida in a 6:00 p.m. game. Matt Hicks will have the radio call on 94.7 FM KBSO.

"We just have to put this one behind us," said coach Robinson. "We just have to get ready to go again tomorrow."