CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team lost an 85-66 final to Central Arkansas in the final game of the year at the American Bank Center. It was also senior night for Adrienne Scott, Anitra Jeffery, Jade Davis and Lauren Smith and manager Brandon Mims.
The Islanders finished the season with a record of 2-27 on the year and 0-16 in Southland Conference play. The Sugar Bears are now 19-10 overall and finish 11-5 in league play with the upcoming Southland Conference Tournament scheduled for next week.
Scott led the team with a game-high 20 points against UCA while Jeffery added 12 and Davis scored 10 as the three seniors able to play scored double figures on the night. Ashley Darley grabbed a team-high six rebounds while Jeffery added five while Scott and Jessica Jammer had four apiece.
In the first half, Darley opened the scoring with a layup on a pass from Davis four seconds into the contest. After six-straight points by UCA, the Islanders got a pair of baskets from Scott and Davis to knot the score at 6-6 with 16:25 left. The Islanders were trailing 12-10 when the Sugar Bears went on a 12-2 run to extend the lead to 12 points at 24-12 with 9:38 left in the opening period.
UCA extended the lead to 35-14 over the next two minutes. Trailing 37-16, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi cut the lead to 12 at 39-27 before the Sugar Bears ended the half on a 9-4 run to put the score at 48-31 entering the break.
In the second half, the deficit reached 64-34 at the 12:46 mark, but the team kept fighting and pulled to within 15 points at 77-62 late in the game. Central Arkansas scored 8-of-12 points to end the game and finish the scoring at 85-66.
In addition to Darley and the seniors, Brandi Huff grabbed three rebounds and scored two points while Taryn Gregory finished the night with eight off the bench.
The team must now look forward to next season as they lose four players but will return the services of injured center Myeisha Myles as well as six other players scheduled to return.