NACOGDOCHES - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team dropped an 87-54 decision against Stephen F. Austin in an important Southland Conference road game on Saturday night.
The Islanders fall to 10-17 on the season and 5-9 in Southland play. The Ladyjacks improved to 14-12 on the year and 9-5 in SLC action.
In the first half, the Islanders were able to keep the score close in the opening minutes, falling behind by a 10-7 score with 14:27 left. At the 14:19 mark, the Ladyjacks went on a 17-4 run, with the only Islander points coming on a Jade Davis three-pointer at the 12:23 mark and a Myeisha Myles free throw at the 9:17 mark. The run put the score at 27-11 in favor of SFA with 7:50 left in the opening half.
The Islanders would outscore the Ladyjacks 9-8 over the final 7:50 of the half on jumpers from LaToya Thomas and Myles, a free throw by Deziree Green and a rare four-point play as Louvinia Robinson was fouled while making a trey, but the first-half turnovers had the Islanders at a 35-20 deficit going into the break.
"We dug ourselves a hole early on tonight," said head coach Robert Robinson. "We played hard but we just got worn down against them."
SFA opened the second half with a 12-0 run to effectively put the game away. The Islanders got 14 second half points from Shaye Montgomery and seven from Green, but they were not able to put enough together to cut into the Ladyjacks lead.
The Islanders out rebounded SFA by a 39-36 margin on the night but were done in by turnovers. TAMUCC recorded 24 first half turnovers and 13 second half turnovers, leading to a total of 44 points for the Ladyjacks.
"We did some good things out there including out-rebounding them," said Robinson. "We hurt ourselves with turnovers but we worked hard all night."
Montgomery led the Islanders in scoring with 14 points while Green added 12 as the only two players in double-digits for TAMUCC. Myles led the team with nine rebounds on the night.
The loss puts the Islanders in a three-way tie for eighth place in the conference standings with Sam Houston and McNeese State as each have 5-9 SLC marks. TAMUCC holds the tie-breaker advantage over Sam Houston, who closes the regular at Northwestern and Texas, but are on the wrong end of the tie-breaker against McNeese State. The Cowgirls finish off with a game Southeastern on Wednesday and at home on Saturday versus Central Arkansas.
Assuming the Islanders and Sam Houston State have matching results down the stretch, TAMUCC need a combination of at least one win and two Cowgirl losses or two wins and one McNeese loss to qualify for the tournament.
The Islanders last two opponents are Lamar on March 4 in Beaumont and UT Arlington at the American Bank Center on March 7. It will be the final home game of the year for the Islanders and will also be senior night, recognizing Sarah Davidson for her contributions to the Islander program.
"We have a quick turnaround to be ready on Wednesday against Lamar," said Robinson. "We just have to put this one behind us and look forward to the two remaining games."