November 22, 2011

Islanders Top Iona to Clinch First Victory Of The Season, 77-68

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi women's basketball team (1-3) was powered by three players in double digits propelling their way to a 77-68 victory over Iona College (3-2) Tuesday at the American Bank Center. The win snapped a 19-game losing streak dating back to last season.

Juniors Damequia Montgomery and Jessica Jammer paced the Islanders in double figures. Montgomery had her first double-double of the season with a season-high 19 points and 15 rebounds in 27 minutes of play. Jammer posted her first double-double of the year with 17 points and tied a career-best on the glass with 10 boards. Senior Myeisha Myles tallied her third double-digit scoring game with 10 points and pulled down eight boards in 24 minutes.

In a game that featured 11 ties and eight lead changes, the Islanders' shot 36.9 percent from the field (24-65) and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe (26-39).  The Islanders' bench scored 17 points to Iona's 15 and outscored the Gaels in the paint 38-28.

Iona was led by Damika Martinez with 21 points and nine boards and Kristina Ford chipped in 17 points.   

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi trailed in the first half as much as eight but cut it within one heading into halftime. Montgomery's put-back and made free throw off a Myles miss cut the lead to two, 29-27, with 3:30 left. Iona answered with a jumper by Diana Hubbard to give the Gaels a three-point lead. Jammer, freshman Verne'qua Taylor and Montgomery each sank their free throws to push the Islanders ahead by one. Ford responded with a jumper with 38 seconds left to put the Gaels up by one, 33-32, to close the half.

The Islanders went on an 11-0 run in the second half that started with freshman Trish Amboree's jumper from Taylor. Jammer, Taylor and sophomore Brandi Huff each added layups during the run and a three-pointer from Amboree gave the Islanders the 51-48 lead with 10:57 to play.  

With the game tied at 65, Montgomery and Myles led the offense with 2:47 to play. A Montgomery put-back off a Jammer miss gave the Islanders the lead for good. Myles delivered three jumpers and junior Alisa Roberts knocked in four free throws during a 10-0 run.

At the half, Jammer led the Islanders with nine points on 2-of-6 shooting including a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. Montgomery chipped in seven points, including three from the line. Myles grabbed a team-high five rebounds. The Islanders shot 12-of-18 from the free throw line.

Martinez led all scorers with 12 points and Ford led with six rebounds at the half. The Gaels shot 36.8 percent from the field. 

The Islanders will travel to Houston to compete in the Houston Baptist Tournament on Friday, Nov. 25, against Texas Southern at 5 p.m. CT and Saturday, Nov. 26, against Houston Baptist at 5:30 p.m. CT.