The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team ran its win streak to a season-high four games with a 70-58 win over Colorado State at the American Bank Center. The Islanders continued to perform well since returning to Stripes Court after the holiday break.
"We knew offensively we were going to get our shots," said head coach Robert Robinson. "The offense really opened up for us after a little while and we were getting pretty much what we wanted."
TAMUCC improves to 8-3, its best start since going 14-2 to begin the 2004-05 season. Colorado State falls to 7-5 on the year.
Jade Davis led all scorers with a season-high 32 points in what was the first meeting between the two teams. She just missed her career-high of 33 points, set against Southeastern Louisiana in an overtime game last season. It was the most points she has ever scored in a regulation game.
As a team, the Islanders shot 48 percent (25-52) in the game, including 47.4 percent (9-19) from behind the three-point line. The nine made three pointers were a season-high as a team.
"All the kids are starting to get good at making the right read," said Robinson. "Every point Jade scored was within the system and she had one of her great games today."
Elisa Beagle followed up her career-high rebounding performance against Houston with another double-digit game, grabbing 10 boards while scoring five points on the afternoon. Adrienne Scott was the only other Islander with double-digit points, scoring 10 and pulling down five rebounds. The teams were tied at 33 rebounds apiece, just the third time all season the Islanders have not out rebounded their opponent. TAMUCC forced CSU into 18 turnovers in the game.
"We had two good back-to-back games defensively," said Robinson. "If we keep progressing on that end, we are going to be a pretty tough team to beat."
The first half began a little shaky for the Islanders but, they quickly recovered to take command of the game. Deziree Green started the game with a three pointer and Beagle added a lay-up for a quick 5-0 lead. The Rams responded with a basket and a three of their own to even the score. Tied at 10-10, CSU scored 7-of-8 points to take a 17-11 lead. TAMUCC quickly knotted the score at 19-19 and continued to put the pressure on as Davis scored 12 of her 17 first-half point in the final 5:39 while the Islanders outscored CSU 22-14 over the final 8:46 of the period.
Davis led all scorers at the break with 17 points while Beagle added another strong first half effort on the glass, pulling down six rebounds in 16 minutes. Green was the second-leading scorer with eight and Scott scored six points.
In the second half, Davis continued to score almost at-will, collecting 15 more points in the deciding period to help the Islanders put the game out of reach. After leading at the half, TAMUCC scored the first five points of the 2nd period to stretch the lead to 13 points at 46-33 on a Scott lay-up and a Shaye Montgomery three pointer. Following a CSU three pointer, Davis hit a pair of threes and a lay-up around a Rams jumper to make it a 16-point lead at 54-38, the largest of the game.
The Islanders kept the pressure on throughout the half, never letting Colorado State get any closer than within nine points at a 63-54 score. A Myeisha Myles lay-up and another jumper by Davis quickly pushed the margin back to 13 with just 3:45 left in the game. The rest of the Islander points scored in the game came on free throws as Davis knocked down 3-of-4 to finish with 32 points. CSU hit a jumper at the buzzer to make it a 70-58 final.
The Rams had four players in double-digits with Kim Mestdagh leading the way at 15 points.
The Islanders are back on the road this coming Saturday, Jan. 2 at TCU. The Islanders and the Horned Frogs will be meeting for just the second time in the programs' history. TAMUCC is 0-1 in the series, losing a 62-56 contest to TCU during the 2001-02 season. Tip-off will be at 4:00 PM in Fort Worth and will be the first game of the 2010 year for both teams.
Yannis Koutroupis will call all the action on KCCT 1150 AM. Live stats will be available by visiting www.GoFrogs.com.