January 22, 2011

Sam Houston State too much for Islanders on the road

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team was unable to recover from a 16-0 first-half run by the Sam Houston State Bearkats, falling 83-67 on Saturday afternoon at the Johnson Coliseum. The loss snapped an eight-game win streak by the Islanders over the Bearkats.

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi is now 2-16 on the season and fell to 0-5 on the year in Southland Conference play. Sam Houston improves to 11-8 on the season and remains unbeaten at 5-0 in league play.

The top performer for the Islanders was Anitra Jeffery, scoring 15 points and pulling down 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the year. Adrienne Scott added 19 points and six rebounds while Jade Davis also reached double digits, scoring 12 points on the afternoon.

In the first half, Sam Houston opened the scoring but the Islanders quickly answered back with a bucket of their own. Just 7-4 at the first media timeout, the game was relatively low scoring early on. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi took the lead on a three pointer from Davis at the 12:20 mark, taking a 12-11 lead. A Jessica Jammer three extended the advantage to 15-13 with 11:46 left in the half. The Bearkats answered back with a three of their own to start a 16-0 run that flipped the deficit into a 29-15 lead. The Islanders were only able to score six points over the final 11 and a half minutes of the opening period as Sam Houston went on to outscore them 29-6 to take a 42-21 lead into the break.

In the second half, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi starting a run on an Ashley Darley layup and outscored the Bearkats 13-5 over the first five and a half minutes to cut the lead to 13 points at 47-34. They were unable to sustain the rally however, falling behind by as many as 23 at 79-56 with 3:08 left in the game before Darley finished the scoring at 83-67 with six seconds left.

Darley was the second-leading rebounder for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, coming down with seven boards to go along with her six points and team-best six assists. Zoey Vega-Vega finished with eight points while Jammer added five points and five assists in the game.

Next up for the Islanders will be a Wednesday night home game against Texas State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Dugan Wellness Center with Yannis Koutroupis calling the action for www.GoIslanders.com.