Arlington The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team lost a 88-62 decision on the road to UT Arlington in a Southland Conference match up on Wednesday night at Texas Hall.
The Islanders fall to 8-12 on the year and 3-4 in SLC play. The Mavericks improve to 12-9 overall and 6-1 in SLC action.
The Islanders fell behind early and fought back, but were unable to keep the pace with the Mavericks throughout the game.
In the first half, the Islanders fell behind 2-0 to start the game but answered with an Adrienne Scott jumper to tie it at 2-2. The Mavericks scored the next six points to take an 8-2 lead.
A Lauren Smith jumper cut the score to 8-4 UTA before another Maverick jumper put the score at 10-4 going into the first media timeout. After the timeout, a Deziree Green cut the deficit to four points at 10-6 before the Mavericks went on a 13-0 run to take a commanding 23-6 lead.
"We started off pretty well in the first half." said Head Coach Robert Robinson. "They were a very athletic team and kept running the floor making it tough to keep up."
The Islanders were not deterred, going on a 14-to-7 run to close the gap to 10 points at 30-20. Scott started the run with a jumper at the 7:20 mark of the half and added a free throw to make it 23-9. UTA then hit a three-pointer to extend the lead back to 13 at 26-9.
Smith then added a lay up for the Islanders to make it 26-11 with 5:42 left. The Mavericks added a jumper before the Islanders answered right back to make it 28-15.
Scott added another jumper followed by a UTA lay up to make it 30-17 before a Shaye Montgomery three-pointer made it 30-20 with 3:53 left in the half.
The two teams played fairly even the rest of the half, as they went into halftime with a 37-26 score.
Montgomery led the Islanders with eight points in the first half. Scott had seven while Smith added six points.
In the second half, the Islanders were never able to recover, as they never got closer than the 11 they trailed by at halftime and fell behind by as many as 29. Louivina Robinson ended the game by hitting a three-pointer to put the final at 88-62 in favor of the Mavericks.
"We struggled on defense tonight." said Robinson. "We gave them too much space in the offensive game."
Scott and Montgomery tied for the lead in points with 16. The 16 points for Scott was a season-high for the Islander sophomore. Scott also led all Islanders with five rebounds in the game.
Candice Champion led the Mavericks with game-highs in both scoring and rebounding. Champion scored 20 points and pulled in 11 rebounds.
The Islanders return home to friendly confines of the American Bank Center this weekend as they take on Nicholls State in an SLC game.
"It's nice to come back and have a home game." said Robinson. "They should have some added incentive with homecoming and they should be ready."
The game will also be the homecoming game for the team and all TAMUCC fans are encouraged to come out and support the festivities this Saturday. Game time is set for 7 PM.