January 8, 2011

Islanders fall to McNeese State in Southland Conference opener

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team absorbed a 76-51 loss against the McNeese State Cowgirls at the American Bank Center to open Southland Conference play.

Ashley Darley scored a career-high 16 points to lead the effort for the home team while Adrienne Scott had a team-high six rebounds for the Islanders. Jade Davis was the second-leading scorer with eight points for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi.

The Islanders are now 2-12 on the year and 0-1 in Southland contests. The Cowgirls improved to 9-5 while moving to 1-0 in league play. The Islanders are now 3-2 all-time against McNeese State.

Early in the first half, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi took their only lead of the game on a three pointer by Breann McMillan 13 second into the game. McNeese State answered with a layup to take a 4-3 lead and started a 9-2 run to extend the advantage to 11-5 less than three minutes into the game. Three-straight points from Ashley Darley cut the lead to 11-8, but the Islanders were never able to get any closer, falling behind 40-20 heading into halftime. McMillan and Darley led Texas A&M - Corpus Christi with five points apiece while Anitra Jeffery had a team-high four rebounds.

In the second half, the Cowgirls came out fast and extended the lead to 56-28 just over five minutes into the final period. Trailing 63-31, the Islanders went on an 18-5 run to bring the deficit under 20 points at 68-49 with 5:43 left in the game. The home team was unable to close the deficit further as McNeese State took a 76-51 final to open conference play.

Next up for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi will be a Wednesday night game in San Antonio against UTSA. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the UTSA Convocation Center with Yannis Koutroupis calling the action for www.GoIslanders.com.