February 20, 2011

Lady Cardinals use outside shot to sink Islanders

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team played the second-place Lamar Lady Cardinals tough early on, but were unable to overcome the hot outside shooting, suffering a 75-64 defeat on Saturday night.

The Islanders fall to 2-23 on the season and 0-12 in Southland Conference play. The Lady Cards are now 21-5 overall, 10-2 in league play. The visiting team used an 11-24 effort from behind the arc to power their way to double-digit wins in the Southland.

The leading scorer for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi was Jessica Jammer with 18 points on the night. Anitra Jeffery and Jade Davis each scored 11 on the night to reach double digits as well. Jeffery also led the team in rebounding, pulling down 15 boards while Jammer added 10 in the game.

In the first half, Lamar scored the first six points before Davis hit a three to cut the lead in half at 6-3 with just over two minutes gone in the game. The Lady Cardinals answered with a three of their own to extend the margin back to six points. With the score 16-12 in favor of the Lady Cardinals, they extended the lead with eight-straight to make it 24-12 at the halfway point.

The Cardinals biggest lead of the period came with 3:34 left after scoring to make it 38-19 in favor of Lamar. The Islanders answered with a 9-2 run over the final 2:37 to cut the deficit to 12 at the break. Jammer started the run with a layup, followed by a steal and fast break bucket by Ashley Darley to make it 38-23 with 1:46 to go. After a Darley three pointer cut the lead to 38-26, Lamar knocked down a pair of free throws to push it back to 14 at 40-26. Jammer scored the final bucket of the half on a tip-in layup with just one second on the clock to make it 40-28 headed into the break.

In the second half, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi closed to within 10 points when Adrienne Scott put in a layup to make it 40-30 to open the second half. The Islanders were able to keep it within the same margin for the first five minutes of the half before Lamar hit four three-point shots in the span of the next four minutes to extend the advantage to 22 points at 63-41 with just over 10 minutes left in the game. Down 75-56 at the 3:21 mark, the team kept fighting, outscoring the Lady Cardinals by an 8-0 to put the final score at 75-64.

Next up for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi will be a Wednesday night matchup on Feb. 23 against UTSA. The game will be held in Corpus Christi at the American Bank Center with a 7 p.m. tipoff.