SECOND HALF RALLY COMES UP SHORT AT UTSA FOR ISLANDER WOMEN
SAN ANTONIO Jade Davis led a foursome Texas A&M-Corus Christi women's basketball players in double digits as they rallied to within two points late in the game after trailing by double figures in the second half but it wasn't enough as the Islanders fell 69-63 to UTSA on Saturday at the Convocation Center.
With the loss, the Islanders drop to 6-11 on the year and 2-3 in the Southland Conference. The Roadrunners move to 10-7 on the season and are 3-1 in the league.
Trailing by 13, 36-23, after a three-point basket by Amber Gregg, the Islanders went on a 12-4 run to pull within five. Myeisha Myles opened the run with four straight points in the paint to make it a 9-point affair 16:59 left.
Following a putback by Ryba Pawlacyzk, Davis drained one of two Islander three-point baskets on the day to make it 38-30. Monica Gibbs, who led all players with 21 points, again made it a 10-point contest with a layin, but TAMUCC rolled off five points in a row.
Myles, who finished with 14 points, and Lauren Smith each scored in the lane and Latoya Thomas hit a free throw for the Islanders. Thomas' foul shot made it a five-point contest 40-35 with 14:16 remaining.
Jordan Stark would allow the Roadrunners to extend its lead back to 10 with a three-point basket with 7:35 to go.
Still trailing by 10, the Islanders would embark on a 10-2 run to bring themselves within two points after a pair of Adrienne Scott free throws with 52 seconds left. Scott, who had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, netted six points all from the foul line during the run. Deziree Green and Myles also scored during the stretch as UTSA was 1-of-6 during the stretch with three turnovers.
Gregg would hit a pair of free throws with 48 seconds left to make it a four-point game, 65-61. After Davis missed a bucket, Onika Anderson turned the ball over on a steal by Myles. This time Davis converted the layin to make it a 65-63 game with 21 seconds to go, but TAMUCC would not score again
Gregg, who was 8-of-8 from the foul line iced the game with four free throws in the final 18 seconds.
UTSA finished the game 22-of-26 from the foul line for 84.6%. Aside from Gregg, Gibbs was 9-of-12 behind the stripe. The Islanders struggled in comparison hitting 65.5% as the team was 19-of-29.
Davis led the Islanders with 15 points, while Myles had 14 points to go with nine rebounds. Green came off the bench with 10 points. Aside from Gibbs' 21, Gregg netted 18. Pawlaczyk and Anderson finished with 11 and 10 rebounds, respectively.
The Islander women step out of Southland Conference action on Wednesday when they host Texas-Pan American in the American Bank Center at 7 p.m.