Beaumont - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team were unable to overcome poor shooting in the second half to stay unbeaten in the Southland Conference, falling to Lamar 69-63 at the Montagne Center on Wednesday night.
The Islanders move to 11-6 on the year and 3-1 in Southland games while the Lady Cardinals improve to 14-4 overall and a perfect 4-0 in the Southland. The all-time series is now 7-4 in favor of the Islanders.
Jade Davis led the Islanders effort with 23 points on the night, including 5-of-8 from the three-point line. Shaye Montgomery had a season-high 10 assists to go along with eight points. Deziree Green led the team in rebounds with nine in the game.
After scoring the first basket of the game on a made jumper by Adrienne Scott, Lamar quickly took the lead on a three-point play by Kalis Loyd, making it 3-2 early on. After a brief 3-3 tie, the Lady Cardinals would hold the advantage until a lay-up by Elisa Beagle gave TAMUCC a short 11-10 lead at the 12:48 mark. Down 20-18, the Islanders tallied seven consecutive points to take a 25-20 lead, their biggest of the half, with 6:45 left in the period.
Lamar rallied to take a 27-25 lead before the Islanders tied the score at 27-27 on a pair of Green free throws. From that point on, the Lady Cardinals reeled off seven-straight points in the final 1:22 of the half to take a 34-27 lead into the break.
At the half, the Lady Cardinals held a seven-point advantage on just 27 percent shooting from the field. Lamar made the most of their free throw attempts, making 12-of-16 from the line compared to 6-of-7 for the Islanders. TAMUCC shot 34.5 percent from the field but were just 1-for-10 beyond the three-point line while holding Lamar to 2-of-10 from behind the arc.
In the second half, the Lady Cardinals kept up the intensity, building their lead to as many as 16 points with 4:15 left in the game as Darika Hill caught fire, making 3-of-3 from behind the three-point line and scoring a total of 15 points in the half.
The Islanders made a late barrage of three-point shots and free throws but were never able to truly threaten at the end, falling by a 69-63 final score.
The Islanders next opponent will be UTSA as the Roadrunners visit Dugan Wellness Center on Saturday, Jan. 23 with the tip-off set for 2:00 PM.