The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team got a dominating 84-57 homecoming game win over the Nicholls State Colonels in a Southland Conference match up Saturday night at the American Bank Center.
The win brings the Islanders to 9-12 on the year and 4-4 in SLC action. Nicholls now falls to 0-20 on the season and 0-9 in SLC play.
The Islanders were propelled to their victory by Shaye Montgomery's and Adrienne Scotts' double-doubles. Montgomery put in 11 points and 11 assists for her first career double-double while Scott added 13 points and 10 rebounds for her second this season and fifth in her career. Jade Davis, Lauren Smith and Myeisha Myles also scored in double digits for the Islanders.
"Shaye and Adrienne both gave tremendous efforts out there tonight." said Head Coach Robert Robinson. "It was really a team effort where everybody contributed tonight."
At the beginning of the game, the Islanders fell behind early, as Nicholls made the first two shots of the half to go ahead 4-0. With the Islanders down 4-0 and without the ball, Davis facilitated a fast break by stealing the ball from Nicholls and passing to Montgomery, who hit a layup to get TAMUCC on the board.
A steal by Scott followed by a Smith jumper knotted the score at 4-4 and would mark the only tie of the game, as Montgomery got a defensive rebound, kicked it out to Smith on the fast break, and Smith put the Islanders up 6-4 with 16:16 left in the first half. The Islanders would not trail again the rest of the way.
"We were able to get our inside game going early and got a lot of points in the paint." said Robinson. "We did a good job of getting turnovers and limiting their second chance opportunities."
The Islanders would limit the Colonels to just six second-chance points and 28 points in the paint while scoring 50 in the paint.
After taking the lead, the Islanders would quickly stretch it to nine points on a Davis layup to make it 15-6 with 12:04 left in the half. Diandra Torres hit her first shot of the night to make it an 11 point lead at 23-12. Montgomery followed up with a steal and fast break layup to push the margin to 13 at 8:54 left in the half.
Myles got on the board with another fast break for the Islanders at the 3:41 mark, laying it in to give TAMUCC a 31-16 lead. Smith followed up with a fast break layup after stealing the ball to give the Islanders a 17 point lead at 33-16 with 3:20 left. Smith scored all of her career-high 12 points in the first half of the game.
The final points of the half came on a Dominique Washington layup with 2:07 left in the half, making it 35-20.
"We were able to limit them on the offensive side." said Robinson. "We had a good defensive effort out there tonight."
While neither team was able to make much progress on the lead early in the second half, the Islanders were able to break out on a Davis jumper with 15:51 left in the half to make it 45-26. Davis scored 14 of her game-high 16 points in the second half of the game.
The Islanders would go on to quickly extend the lead to 23 at 51-28 on a Davis layup with 13:40 left in the game. Rebecca Cantu' scored her first points of the season on a fast break when Montgomery stole the ball and passed it out to Cantu' on the other end of the court.
The lead got to as many as 30 in the second half when LaToya Thomas hit a pair of free throws to make it 84-54 with 19 seconds to go before Ke'arrah Jackson hit a three-pointer for the Colonels to finish the scoring at 84-57 with 10 seconds left.
Five Islanders scored in double-digits, including Montgomery with 11, Scott with 13, Myles with 14, Smith with 12 and Davis with a game-high 16. Scott led all rebounders with a game-high 10. Montgomery led all players with 11 assists. The Islanders out-rebounded the Colonels by a 40-29 margin and grabbed 18 steals on the night.
"It shows tremendous effort when you have five players in double-digits." said Robinson. "Everybody did their part to make it happen."
The Islanders now prepare to host Texas State this coming Wednesday night at the American Bank Center. Tip off is set for 7 PM and will see the Islanders face off against a Bobcat team they lost to earlier. In that Jan. 14 game, the Bobcats jumped out to a big lead before the Islanders made a valiant effort to come back before losing by a 69-65 final. The Islanders will look to even the season series between the teams.
"We have to get ready for a big test this Wednesday." said Robinson. "We dug ourselves a hole last time and we have to come out ready to play and not get behind like we did before."