The Texas A&M-Corpus Christ women's basketball team got back-to-back wins at home for the first time this year as they downed the Sam Houston State Bearkats by an 88-76 final Saturday night at the American Bank Center.
Shaye Montgomery led all scorers on the night, pouring in a career-high 24 points for the Islanders. Montgomery was one of four Islanders to score in double-digits on the night. The others were Myeisha Myles with 16, Jade Davis with 14 and Lauren Smith with 11.
The win brings the Islanders to 8-11 on the year and evened their record at 3-3 in Southland Conference play. The Bearkats fell to 6-13 while also moving to 3-3 in SLC play.
In the first half, the Islanders got on the board first and never trailed in the game. Davis made a big statement for TAMUCC early on as she drained a three-pointer to open the scoring and gave the Islanders a 3-0 lead. The Bearkats answered back with a three-pointer of their own to tie the game.
It would be the only time the rest of the night that the Islanders did not hold a lead, as Adrienne Scott made a free throw with 17:44 left in the first half and the Islanders led for the final 37:44 of the game. A layup by Myles followed by back-to-back layups by Smith extended the lead to seven at 10-3.
The Islanders extended the lead throughout the half, reaching a high of 18 on a made layup and free throw by Louvinia Robinson to make it 25-7 with 9:55 left in the half.
"We did a good job of setting the tone early." said Head Coach Robert Robinson. "We were able to get easy baskets in transition by limiting their opportunities."
The Bearkats were able to close the gap considerably over the final 9:55 however, outscoring the Islanders 30-17 over that span to end the half down only five at 42-37.
Scott had a big half for the Islanders as she went into halftime with eight points and seven rebounds, leading the team in both categories.
"Scott and Myeisha did a good job out there defensively to set the tone early in the game." said coach Robinson. "They limited Sam Houston to one shot each trip by pulling in a lot of rebounds."
In the second half, Montgomery caught fire for the Islanders as she scored 21 of her 24 points after the break. With the Bearkats scoring first and cutting the lead to three points, Montgomery doubled the lead with a three-pointer to make it 45-39.
"Shaye did a good job out there on both ends of the court tonight." said coach Robinson. "She guarded their quickest player and she knocked down several a lot of shots for us in the second half."
The Islanders followed the same pattern as the first half, extending their lead to as many as 17 at 69-52 on three Montgomery free throws with 11:53 left in the game. After a pair of buckets by the Bearkats to make it 69-56, the Islanders were able to bring it back to 17 on a layup by Smith followed by a pair of free throws by Montgomery.
The Bearkats could not make much of a dent the rest of the way as the Islanders ended the game with a 12 margin at 88-76.
Montgomery led all scorers with 24 points on the night while shooting 6-for-8 from the field and a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line. Myles was second in scoring with 16 points while adding seven rebounds. Scott ended the night with 10 rebounds for her second-straight double-digit rebounding performance.
Brittany Brooks and Bre Agnew led the Bearkats in scoring with 17 points each.
The Islanders are back in action on Feb. 4 at UT Arlington. Game time is set for 7 PM.