San Marcos - The Islanders fought off a cold-shooting first half to bounce back from last Saturday's loss to Nicholls with a 72-59 win over Texas State in San Marcos. The Islanders came back from an 18 percent shooting first half to outscore the Bobcats by 15 points in the second half and pick up the season sweep. It was the first time in program history that TAMUCC has beaten Texas State twice in a season.
"This was a huge win for us, Deziree Green really stepped up for us in the second half as far as penetrating to the basket and drawing fouls," said head coach Robert Robinson. "Once we started getting the calls, we did a great job of knocking down the shots once we got to the free throw line."
The Islanders improved to 15-7 on the year and 7-2 in Southland Conference games. The Bobcats fell to 5-16 overall and 1-9 in the Southland. It is the second-best start in school history behind the 2004-05 team that started the year 17-5 after 22 games and the program's best Southland Conference start since joining the league before the 2005-06 season.
Jade Davis continued to lead the Islander effort, scoring 20 points and picking up her sixth 20-plus point game of the year. Deziree Green was the second-leading scorer with 14 points in the game. Shaye Montgomery led the effort on the glass with eight rebounds while Green, Myeisha Myles and Elisa Beagle each picked up seven. The Islanders out-rebounded the Bobcats by a 51-36 margin without having a single double-digit rebounder.
"The thing that impressed me the most was that we had 51 rebounds and not a single kid had double-digit rebounds," said Robinson. "It means everybody that got minutes out on the floor contributed rebounds for us."
In the first half, the Islanders fell behind by as many as five points at 6-1 before coming back to grab a four-point lead at 14-10 with 12:31 left in the half. The Bobcats retook the lead at the 8:25 mark and never gave it up the rest of the half. They extended the lead to as many as five once again before the Islanders closed it to just two headed into halftime. Despite just shooting 18 percent in the half, TAMUCC had a chance to tie the game before the break but were unable to capitalize on the opportunity.
Lauren Smith came off the bench to lead the Islanders in the first half with seven points while Green scored six and Davis and Adrienne Scott had five points apiece. Scott finished the half with six rebounds to lead the team while Beagle and Montgomery had five each.
"I'm very pleased with the effort," said Robinson. "They didn't play well in the first half but instead of laying down in the second half, they came out and kind of had a chip on their shoulder from that road loss to Nicholls on Saturday."
The second half was a different story as TAMUCC improved their shooting to 40 percent in addition to hitting 19-of-26 from the free throw line and outscoring Texas State 45-30 in deciding half. A pair of Myles free throws briefly gave the Islanders the lead at 38-37 but the Bobcats quickly regained the advantage at the 13:22 mark on a three pointer. After a Myles jumper gave the Islanders the lead at 48-47 with 10:16 left in the game, TAMUCC would never trail again. They would continue to extend their lead, eventually winning by a 13-point margin with a 72-59 final score.
Next up for the Islanders are the Bearkats of Sam Houston State on Saturday at the American Bank Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 PM and will have Yannis Koutroupis on 1230 AM KSIX with live video and stats available by visiting www.GoIslanders.com.