November 20, 2011

Women's Basketball Drops Road Game to Arkansas State, 84-71

JONESBORO, Ark. – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team (0-3) was unable to hold off the second half play of Arkansas State (1-1), falling 84-71, Sunday afternoon at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark. Senior Myeisha Myles had a career-day with 24 points on 10-for-12 shooting and pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds.

Joining Myles in double-digit scoring was sophomore Marquesha Anderson-Sparks with a season-high 12 buckets and junior Jessica Jammer tallied 11 points and grabbed down seven rebounds in her first start of the season.

The Red Wolves were led offensively by three players in double-digits in a game that featured nine lead changes and three ties. Jane Morrill had 31 points in 37 minutes of play while Ashley Olvera had 21 points on 3-of-7 three point shooting, and Meghan Lewis added 17 points.

The Islanders and Red Wolves battled back-and-forth, before Texas A&M - Corpus Christi took the lead at the 8:49 mark in the first half off a Myles layup in the paint. The Islanders went on an 8-0 run that started with back-to-back threes by freshman Trish Amboree and Anderson-Sparks that put the Islanders up 23-18 with 6:12 left in the half. Amboree then followed up with a layup in the paint to take the 25-18 lead.

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi shot 46 percent from the field (29-63) to the Red Wolves 43.5 percent from the field (30-69). The Islanders' bench outscored Arkansas State 12-7. The Islanders had a season-high 12 assists and led the Red Wolves in the paint 42-34.

Texas A&M – Corpus Christi maintained the lead going into halftime up 37-31.

The Red Wolves got hot from behind the arc taking the 58-57 lead in the second half with 11:12 left to play. Back-to-back three pointers by Olvera put Arkansas State up for good 71-61 with 7:34 left in the game.

Myles led all scorers with 10 points and seven rebounds at the half. Trish Amboree added nine points. The Islanders shot 50 percent from three-point land and tallied 20 points in the paint behind 41 percent shooting.

At the half the Red Wolves were led by Lewis with nine points and Morrill chipped in eight. Mekena Randle led the team in rebounds with seven. Arkansas State's head coach Brian Boyer earned his 200th career win with the victory.

The Islanders will return home to face Iona at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at the American Bank Center. The game is part of a double header with the men's basketball team. Tickets for both games are as low as $8 and are available at GoIslanders.com or by calling 825-BALL (2255).