February 17, 2011

Islanders suffer 81-77 heartbreaker against Texas State

SAN MARCOS, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team suffered another gut-wrenching loss on Wednesday night, falling 81-77 to the Texas State Bobcats on the road.

The Islanders move to 2-22 overall and 0-11 in Southland Conference games. The Bobcats are now 9-15 on the season and 4-7 in league play.

Jade Davis, Ashley Darley and Adrienne Scott were the leading scorers on the night with 18 points apiece. Anitra Jeffery was the top rebounder with 15 on the night to go along with nine points.

In the first half, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi fell behind by a 5-0 score before Jeffery got her team on the board with a layup at the 17:25 mark. A pair of free throws by Darley tied the score at 5-5 with 16:41 left. A Darley jumper made it 7-5 and gave her team their first lead of the contest. The Islanders built a lead of five points at 15-10 with 12:35 left as Jeffery hit a pair of free throws, but the Bobcats worked their way back into it and took a 16-15 lead with 11:05 to go. TXST took a five-point lead at 38-33, but five consecutive points by Adrienne Scott knotted it up at 38-38 to send the game into halftime all tied up.

Scott led all scorers in the first half with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting and went 4-of-5 from the free throw line. Darley also added double digits points with 10 in the period. Jeffery led the Islanders with nine rebounds in the half while Scott and Brandi Huff were second with five apiece. The five for Huff set a career-high in rebounds for her.

In the second half, the Bobcats took an early four-point lead, but Davis scored 10-of-12 points over the next 1:46 of game time to turn the four-point deficit into a four-point advantage. The game was tied once again at 59-59 with 11:05 left in the contest. The Bobcats took a 69-66 lead before Davis hit a three to tie it back up at 69-69 with 3:58 left in the contest. The final tie came at the 3:04 mark as a jumper from Jeffery knotted the score at 71-71. Following a pair of free throws and four-straight points by Diamond Ford, the Bobcats took a six-point lead with just 1:50 left in the game.

The Islanders were not ready to give up just yet though, as Davis hit a three pointer and Darley put in a layup over the next 40 seconds to cut the lead to just one point at 77-76. After TXST hit a pair of free throws to make the advantage three points, Darley made one-of-two free throws but was able to steal the ball to give her team a chance to tie the game. It was not meant to be however, as Jessica Jammer missed an up-and-under layup with 20 seconds left. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi was forced to foul and could not complete the dramatic comeback to fall by an 81-77 final.

Both teams were just 21-36 from the free throw line, with the Islanders missing 11-of-20 in the second half. They outscored the Bobcats 15-11 on second-chance points but were outscored 37-25 by the Texas State bench.

Next up is a home game on-campus against Lamar. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Dugan Wellness Center.