CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball suffered another heartbreaker in a season full of tough breaks on Wednesday night, falling 78-76 in overtime to the Texas State Bobcats at the Dugan Wellness Center.
The Islanders fall to 2-17 on the year and moved to 0-6 in Southland Conference play. The Bobcats improved to 6-12 on the year and improved to 1-4 in league play.
Adrienne Scott scored a career-high 23 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Anitra Jeffery tied a career-high in points with 18 and pulled in 18 rebounds as well.
In the first half, Texas State opened the scoring with a three while the Islanders scored the next four points on a pair of free throws by Scott and a layup by Jeffery to take a 4-3 lead. From that point on, Texas State scored eight-straight points to take an 11-4 lead at the 16:34 mark. While the Islanders tried to fight back, both teams struggled from the field in the first half to go into the break at a 32-27 score in favor of the Bobcats.
In the second half, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi improved their shooting and was able to battle to within one point several times before finally tying the score at 38-38 on a Brandi Huff three-point play with 16:12 left in the period. The Islanders fell behind by as many as seven but kept battling to tie the score once again at 54-54 on a Taryn Gregory basket. With the score tied at 56-56 with 7:02 on the clock, a pair of Jeffery free throws gave Texas A&M - Corpus Christi its first lead of the game since the 17:59 left in the first half. Another pair of Jeffery free throws extended the lead to four points at 60-56, but the Islanders were unable to hang on to the advantage. Texas State scored nine-straight points to turn the deficit into a five-point advantage at 65-60 with 5:07 left. Jeffery knotted the score at 67-67 with 44 second left to put her team back into the game. After a pair of Bobcat free throws, Scott hit a jumper in the paint with seven seconds left to send the game into overtime.
In the extra period, Texas State scored first but a Jade Davis jumper leveled the score at 71-71. The Bobcats then scored five-straight points to take a 76-71 lead with 2:28 left in overtime. The Islanders answered back with a 5-0 run of their own to answer, capped off by a Gregory jumper with 42 second left in the game. The score remained the same until the final second, as Texas State was fouled on a drive with 1.1 second left on the clock and sank two free throws to put the final margin at 78-76 in favor of the Bobcats.
Next up for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi is a Saturday, January 29 game against Stephen F. Austin. The game will be played at the American Bank Center with a scheduled tipoff of 1 p.m. in the afternoon.