Hattiesburg, Miss. - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team gave a hard fought effort before falling to the No. 14 Georgia Lady Bulldogs in its opening game of the Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic. The Islanders fell by a 75-58 final to one of the top teams in the country in the tournament hosted by Southern Miss.
"I'm not seeing a lot of negatives tonight," said head coach Robert Robinson. "I thought our kids played hard and left it on the floor.
"The only area of concern was missed free throws."
The Islanders move to 3-1 on the season while Georgia improves to 5-0 on the year. Adrienne Scott led the Islander attack on the night with 16 points. Jasmine James led Georgia in scoring with 18 points while Porsha Phillips added 14 points and 15 rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs raced out to an 8-0 lead in the first half before a Jade Davis three pointer and Adrienne Scott lay-up cut it to 8-5 early on. Georgia scored the next five points to push the lead back to eight points before Davis stopped the run with a bucket. Shaye Montgomery hit a three and Lauren Smith made a free throw to get it to 22-11 heading into the second media timeout.
Jessica Jammer came into the game after the timeout and made an instant impact, hitting a three and helping spark a 7-0 run by the Islanders. Jammer's three and a pair of lay-ups by Elisa Beagle and Myeisha Myles cut the lead to just 22-18 and forcing Georgia to call a timeout. Deziree Green answered a Georgia three with one of her own to make it 25-21 heading into the third media break of the half. The Lady Bulldogs came out of the stoppage on fire, going on their second 8-0 run of the half to put the lead at 33-21 with 3:49 left in the first half. The Islanders outscored the Georgia 7-5 over the final four minutes to go into the half trailing by a 38-28 margin.
"Our offensive execution was good," said Robinson. "Our ball movement was pretty impressive, especially against a long, athletic team like Georgia."
Georgia started the second half nearly identical as the first, scoring the first seven points before an Adrienne Scott lay-in put the first Islander points on the board for a 46-30 score. Georgia would lead by as many as 22 in the second half with the Islanders never able to get the lead below 11 points.
Adrienne Scott carried the load for the Islanders in the second half, scoring 14-of-16 points after the half. Davis added 14 while Green finished with 13 to have three Islanders in double figures. Montgomery led the team in rebounding with eight, Davis had seven and Scott and Green totaled six each. Montgomery added four assists to lead the Islanders.
The Islanders now move onto Saturday's game against Jackson State. The Lady Tigers lost to host Southern Miss by an 89-62 final. Daria Hester led JSU in scoring, putting up 24 points with 18 of those in the first half. They are 1-4 on the year, winning their first game against Tennessee Tech before falling to Alabama, Central Arkansas and Southern Miss.
"We can't let this loss effect us, we're 3-1 with our only loss against the No. 14 team in the country," said Robinson. "We have a chance to leave here 4-1 tomorrow.
"If we do that, it's a good road trip as far as I'm concerned."
The game is set for a 2 PM start in the consolation game while Georgia faces USM in the 4 PM championship game. Steven King will bring you the action on ESPN 1230 AM with live stats available on www.southernmiss.com.