NATCHITOCHES, La. - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team was unable to overcome the full-court press against Northwestern State in a 78-59 loss in a Southland Conference game on Saturday afternoon.
The Islanders fall to 2-20 on the season and are now 0-9 in league games. The Lady Demons improved to 10-12 on the season and moved to 5-4 in conference play.
Adrienne Scott led the team in both scoring and rebounding, putting in 21 points and grabbing 13 boards for her fifth double-double of the season. Ashley Darley was second on the team in scoring with 11 points in the contest.
Darley opened the scoring with a jumper 40 seconds into the game to give her team an early 2-0 lead. After a Lady Demons three pointer, Darley made a free throw to knot the score at 3-3 less than two minutes into the contest. NSU scored six of the next seven points to open a five-point lead before another Darley jumper put the score back within one possession. Another run by the Lady Demons opened up a 10-point lead at 17-7 just over the halfway point. The biggest deficit for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi came when Jessica McPhail put in a layup to make it 29-16 with less than two minutes left. Taryn Gregory scored five-straight points on a pair of free throws and a buzzer-beater three-point shot to move her team within eight points at 29-21 headed into the break.
In the second half, the Islanders scored first on an Anitra Jeffery layup to pull within six points at 29-23. They were unable to get any closer however, as Northwestern State used a 16-5 run to push the lead to 48-28 with 14:13 left in the game. The largest deficit came at 59-30 with 12:22 on the clock, but Texas A&M - Corpus Christi kept fighting, outscoring the Lady Demons 15-5 over the final 5:19 to put the final score at 79-59.
The Islanders committed 31 turnovers against NSU, who made the most of the opportunities by scoring 35 points off turnovers. In addition to the Lady Demons defense the team struggled from the line, making only 15-of-30 free throws in the 19-point loss.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi now has a week off before hosting Sam Houston State on Saturday, February 12 in the annual Think Pink game at the American Bank Center. Tipoff for the game is scheduled for 7 p.m. as the team looks to get its first win in Southland Conference play.