December 30, 2008

ISLANDERS FALL TO PANTHERS AT GEORGIA STATE INVITE

Atlanta, Ga. - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team dropped a 69-57 decision to the host Panthers in the championship game at the Georgia State Invitational on Tuesday afternoon.

The Islanders fell to 4-8 on the year while Georgia State improved to 7-3 on the year.

In the first half of the game, the Islanders struggled from the field, shooting only 22.6% while managing only 20 points.

"We missed some shots that we normally make out there today." said Head Coach Robert Robinson. "We were unable to knock down the open shots like we did yesterday against Rhode Island."

Jade Davis started out the game by hitting a three-pointer to give TAMUCC the initial lead at 3-0. They held that same three point advantage at the 13:12 mark of the first half, leading 11-8.

Lauren Smith and Sarah Davidson then hit the next two shots for the Islanders to give them a 15-8 lead with 11:04 left in the first half. After a Davis three-pointer with 9:08 left, the Islanders were unable to get on the board again until a pair of Shaye Montgomery free throws with 2:07 left in the half.

The Panthers scored the final points of the half with 30 seconds left, giving them a 29-20 lead heading into the half.

In the second half, the Islanders responded by nearly doubling their offensive output from the previous period, but were unable to gain any ground on the Panthers.

"We had some breakdowns defensively out there today." said Robinson. "The 24-4 advantage for Georgia State in fast break points really hurt us."

The Panthers held the Islanders at bay by matching them in scoring while not allowing TAMUCC to make any runs throughout the half. The Islanders were never able to get closer than seven points at any point in the second half.

When a Lauren Smith layup off of an Islanders steal cut the lead to seven, the Panthers answered, pushing the lead back to nine. When Davidson got a steal and finished off the play to make it 37-30, the Panthers went on a 10-1 run to make it 47-31.

The Panthers stretched the lead to as many as 19 before the Islanders closed the gap late in the game. The Islanders went on a 19-12 run in the last 7:51 to close the margin from 57-38 to the final score of 69-57.

Davis was the only Islander to score in double digits, netting 10 points, three rebounds and three assists. Smith led the team in rebounding with nine to go along with nine points. Green also added nine points.

The Islanders are next in action on Jan. 10, on the road at Central Arkansas to open Southland Conference play.

The fight the players showed late in the game was encouraging to Coach Robinson heading into SLC action.

"We made the schedule tough on purpose to prepare us for conference." said Robinson. "These last three games I thought we have played better ball and I think we are where we should be heading into Southland play."