Late Rally Not Enough, Islanders Fall to Bearkats, 65-56

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team (6-12, 2-3) cut the lead to five with 36.8 seconds left, but it wasn't enough as the Sam Houston State Bearkats (9-7, 4-1) garnered a 65-56 road victory Saturday night at the Dugan Wellness Center. The Islanders were paced by three players in double-figure scoring efforts.

The Islanders shot 32.1 percent from the field (18-56) to the Bearkats 32.2 percent and shot 80 percent (16-20) from the charity stripe. The Islanders bench outscored Sam Houston's bench 22-13.

Junior Alisa Roberts tallied her third double-figure scoring game with a career-high 18 points and Myeisha Myles and Verne'qua Taylor each added 11 points. Sam Houston State was also paced by three players in double-digit scoring. Britni Martin paced the Bearkats with 22 points, Sequeena Thomas added 15 and Jasmine Johnson chipped in 11.

The Bearkats jumped out to a 3-0 lead with a three-pointer from Martin. The Islanders answered with a mini 4-0 run with two layups from Myles and Taylor to take their first lead of the game. The Bearkats came clawing back with a 6-0 run to take a 8-4 lead with 15 minutes left in the half. After trading baskets, Taylor triggered a three from downtown to pull the Islanders within one. Martin responded with a three from the right wing to push the lead to 13-9.

Roberts sparked the bench, to give the Islanders a two-point lead 15-13 at the 12:17 mark with back-to-back treys from downtown. The Bearkats evened the score at 15-15 off a layup from Jasmin Wiley. Jammer pushed the Islanders to two on a jumper from the top of the key but the Bearkats pulled ahead by four on a 10-4 run.

The Bearkats extended the lead to six after Roberts made jumper to take a 27-21 lead with 58 seconds left in the half.  Roberts and sophomore Marquesha Anderson-Sparks delivered four free throws to cut the lead to two. The Bearkats answered with a 4-0 run to end the half ahead 31-25.  

Roberts led the Islanders into the locker room with 10 points, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc and Damequia Montgomery led the Islanders on the glass with three rebounds. Martin paced the Bearkats with 11 points and Thomas tallied nine points and 10 rebounds at the half. The Bearkats outrebounded the Islanders 29-14 and capitalized on 10 second chance points.

Out of the half, the two teams traded buckets back-and-forth and the Bearkats padded the lead to 35-27 off a jumper by Angela Beadle. The Islanders answered with a 7-0 run with baskets by Dunn and Montgomery, while Roberts triggered her third three of the game to pull within one. The Bearkats came firing back to extend the lead to 13 on a 17-2 run with nine of the points coming from the charity stripe.

Jessica Jammer stopped the run with a jumper and after trading free throws back-and-forth, Martin added a jumper. The Islanders kept fighting back and pulled within eight with a layup inside by Myles from a dish from Taylor, and Roberts made two free throws with the Bearkats up 52-44.  

The two teams traded turns at the charity stripe with the Bearkats making five and Roberts and Jammer adding three combined. Sam Houston State went on a 4-0 run to extend the lead to 61-47 until the Islanders gained momentum on an 8-0 run. Taylor chipped in four free throws and Myles added two layups to cut the lead to five, 61-56, with 36.8 seconds left. The Bearkats added two more free throws and Taylor added two to cap the scoring.

The Islanders will head on the road to face Texas State on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.