February 25, 2010

ISLANDERS DOWN LIONS IN CRUCIAL SOUTHLAND CONTEST

Hammond, La. - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team picked up another crucial Southland Conference victory on Wednesday night by beating Southeastern Louisiana by a 75-67 final at the University Center.

The Islanders are now 18-8 on the season and 10-3 in the Southland Conference. It is the first time in school history that TAMUCC has won double-digit conference games. The Lady Lions move to 10-16 overall and 4-9 in Southland contests.

"Anytime you can get a tough road win, you gotta be happy with it," said head coach Robert Robinson. "I thought overall, the kids played well on both ends of the floor.

"We slowed ourselves down when we needed to and made shots when we absolutely had to."

Shaye Montgomery led the team in scoring with 17 points on the night on 6-of-9 shooting and going 5-of-8 from behind the three-point line. Jade Davis finished with 14 points, Myeisha Myles had 12 and Adrienne Scott finished with 11 as the Islanders had four in double-digit points. Elisa Beagle led the team with eight rebounds in the game.

The two teams played close early in the first half before the Islanders built their lead up to as many as 16 points at 32-16 with 5:35 left in the period. The Lady Lions closed the lead to 10 points before TAMUCC ended the half on a made Adrienne Scott jumper to make it 39-26 entering the break.

Montgomery and Deziree Green led the team in scoring at the half with nine points apiece while Beagle went into half with a team-high four rebounds. The Islanders shot 58 percent in the

In the second half, the Lady Lions made it quite a game, getting it down to as many as six several times but were never able to get back to level with TAMUCC to finish with a 75-67 final.

The Islanders return home for two of the most important games in their history as they face Stephen F. Austin on Saturday and Lamar next Wednesday. The game against SFA will be a battle of second place teams looking to keep just one game back of league-leading Lamar. The Wednesday night game against the Lady Cardinals could possibly be the game that decides the conference championship.

TAMUCC is also looking to break the all-time attendance record of 4,510 fans at a women's game with its "Go Blue For $2" promotion. The record was set against Fresno State in the WNIT game during the 2005-05 season. All tickets to the game are $2 and fans are encouraged to wear blue as the Islanders take on the Lady Cardinals in the Southland Game of the Week.