CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball was unable to complete their comeback bid after trailing for a large portion of the game, falling by a 76-70 final to the East Division-leading Sam Houston State Bearkats.
The Islanders moved to 2-21 overall and 0-10 in Southland Conference play on the season following their heartbreaking loss to the Bearkats. SHSU is now 14-11 on the year and 8-3 in league contests.
Ashley Darley and Taryn Gregory were the high scorers with 14 points apiece for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi while Anitra Jeffery added 11 points and 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Adrienne Scott also reached double figures with 13 points in the game.
Darley started the scoring with a bucket just under a minute into the game to make it 2-0 in favor of Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. Sam Houston scored four-straight points to take a 4-2 lead and extended the advantage to as many as five points before a three pointer by Gregory and a layup by Jeffery knotted the score at 8-8 with 14:04 left in the period. The Bearkats went on a run to open up a 10-point advantage over the next seven minutes of play. A free throw by Scott and a three from Imani Dunn cut the lead to six points over a span of 30 seconds.
Sam Houston added a free throw before a made jumper by Darley and a pair of free throws by Jessica Jammer closed the margin to just three points at 25-22 with 5:32 left. The teams traded baskets over the final five minutes before the Islanders tied the score at 31-31 on a pair of Gregory free throws with just eight seconds to go. Sam Houston was able to get a bucket with three seconds left to put the score at 33-31 in favor of the Bearkats.
In the second half, they were able to finally tie the score again on a pair of Scott free throws at the 14:49 mark to make it 46-46. The teams kept trading points until the Islanders were able to break through and take their first lead since the first minute of the game on a Darley layup to make it 57-55 with 9:40 left in the game. With the game tied once again at 57-57, baskets by Jammer, Gregory, Scott and Darley gave Texas A&M - Corpus Christi an 8-0 run to take a 65-57 lead with 7:47 left in the contest.
The Islanders were unable to hold the lead however, as the Bearkats finished the game by outscoring Texas A&M - Corpus Christi by a 19-5 margin over the final 7:47 to take a 76-70 final.
Next up for the Islanders is a Wednesday night contest against Texas State in San Marcos. Earlier in the season the Islanders lost a 78-76 final in overtime to the Bobcats in the Dugan Wellness Center. Yannis Koutroupis will call the game on SportsRadio 1230 AM as Texas A&M - Corpus Christi looks to avenge the earlier loss and pick up their first win in league play. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on the campus of Texas State.