ISLANDERS BEAT UTSA TO IMPROVE TO 4-1 IN SOUTHLAND
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team got back in the win column on Saturday, taking a 52-48 win over UTSA at the Dugan Wellness Center. It was the Islanders first win over the Roadrunners since Jan. 27, 2007.
The Islanders are now 12-6 overall and 4-1 in Southland Conference games. The Roadrunners fall to 9-8 overall, 3-1 in SLC play.
Jade Davis finished with a game-high 24 points, making it back-to-back games she has scored 20-plus points, a first in her Islander career. Myeisha Myles was the star on the defensive end, grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds as well as making three blocks and one steal.
In the first half, the Islanders were down by as many as 12 points at 21-9 with 7:43 left in the period. From that point on, TAMUCC outscored the Roadrunners by a 16-3 margin over the final 7:22, taking a 25-24 lead into the halftime break.
"It was huge for us, we talked in pregame how important it was for us to guard dribble penetration which they hurt us with early on," said head coach Robert Robinson. "As the game wore on, after we got a couple of stops, we had a little spark that got us going."
Davis started the run with a made free throw and scored eight points as the Islanders chipped away at the lead. Shaye Montgomery scored four points and Elisa Beagle capped off the half with a lay-up to finish the scoring.
The second half was much closer, with neither team taking more than a four-point lead. With TAMUCC down 45-41 with 2:42 left in the contest, the Islanders outscored the Roadrunners 11-3 in the final two minutes to win the game by a 52-48 final.
"After they hit a three, Jade did what she does, stepped back and shot a three to get us within one," said Robinson. "We made the plays today that we needed to get it done."
TAMUCC out rebounded the Roadrunners by a 41-39 margin. The Islanders shot 34.7 percent on the game and held UTSA to just 29.1 percent, including 24.1 percent in the second half.
The Islanders now get the week off, not playing again until next Saturday when they travel to Huntsville to take on Sam Houston State. The Bearkats defeated defending Southland Champion UT Arlington by a 77-75 score in overtime on Saturday afternoon.