ISLANDERS SUFFER FIRST HOME LOSS TO UTPA

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team dropped an 84-76 decision on Wednesday night against the Texas-Pan American Lady Broncs. It was the Islanders first loss of the season on Stripes Court.

The Islanders go to 8-5 on the season, losing two games in-a-row for just the second time this season. UTPA improves to 4-12 on the year. The season series finishes at 1-1 with the Islanders winning the Dec. 19 contest 61-60 in Edinburg. The all-time series now stands at 18-4 in favor of TAMUCC.

Elisa Beagle recorded her second straight double-double, her third in the last four games and her fourth consecutive double-digit rebounding game with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Shaye Montgomery led all scorers after scoring 23 points for the second game in-a-row. Adrienne Scott was in double-digits as well, putting up 16 points and coming in second in rebounding with nine boards.

They were not able to overcome career-high points from two separate Lady Broncs as Maria Erlingsdottir scored 21 and Aleeya Grigsby scored 18 and pulled down 14 rebounds.

In the first half, the Islanders fell behind early and were playing catch-up the entire period. They held their only lead of the half when the score was 5-4 at the 17:37 mark. UTPA took the lead on a Marah Guzman lay-up and kept building their lead, going up by as many as 20 points at 35-15 with 7:34 left. Montgomery hit 4-of-6 free throws while Ashley Darley, Myeisha Myles and Beagle each made two baskets to help cut into the lead. Myles hit a jumper with 34 seconds left to cut the lead to 42-33 and finish the scoring.

"Our kids were just going through the motions in the first half," said head coach Robert Robinson. "I warned them the other day about having a letdown."

Montgomery ended the first period with 10 points to lead the Islanders. Myles scored six while Beagle and Scott scored five apiece. Beagle also had four rebounds to lead the team.

In the second half, they were able to cut into the lead significantly but never quite could get back to level against the Lady Broncs. Beagle grabbed 10-of-14 rebounds and Montgomery scored 13 points to lead the comeback effort. The lead was cut to five points on three different occasions but was never any closer than seven after the 12 minute mark.

The Islanders now turn their attention to Saturday afternoon when they take on Central Arkansas at the American Bank Center. The Sugar Bears come into the game with the Southland's best record at 10-3 on the year.

"If there were ever a perfect time to lose a ball game, I guess right before conference starts would be it," said Robinson. "Hopefully we will wake up a little bit heading into Saturday."

Yannis Koutroupis will call all the action as the Islanders and Sugar Bears meet to open the conference season. Tip-off is set for 1:00 PM and the game will be available on www.GoIslanders.com through live stats and the Blue Zone.