March 9, 2010

ISLANDERS DOMINATE BEARKATS TO ADVANCE TO SOUTHLAND TOURNAMENT SEMIS

Katy - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team had the type of second-half performance that made them one of the top teams in the Southland Conference, dominating the Sam Houston State Bearkats by a 99-79 final in the opening round of the Southland Conference Tournament. The Islanders used a tremendous second half performance to make it to the second round of the tournament in 3-of-4 years as a member of the conference.

The Islanders set a new school record with six players in double-digit scoring, led by Jade Davis' 18 points. Adrienne Scott added 17, Deziree Green had 16, Anitra Jeffery scored 13 while Elisa Beagle and Shaye Montgomery scored 12 apiece. Green had 11 rebounds while Beagle had 10 to have two Islanders with double-doubles.

In the first half, the Islanders trailed big early on before getting within four points, 44-40, at the one minute mark. The Islanders were unable to convert their final shot attempt while the Bearkats hit a three-point shot with two seconds left to make it a 47-40 halftime score.

The second half was a completely different story, with the Islanders nearly matching their first half total in 12 minutes of play. After scoring 40 in the opening period, the Islanders scored 38 points in the opening 11:59 of play in the second to go from down seven to up 12 points. A Davis three pointer with 14:56 left in the game gave TAMUCC their first lead since the 16:25 mark of the first half. In total, the Islanders scored 59 points in the half, third-most all-time for a second half in Islander history.

With the win, TAMUCC advances to play Northwestern State in the semifinals on Thursday at 12 PM. The Lady Demons upset the second-seeded Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks by a 96-82 score in the first game of the day.