SAN MARCOS, Texas – Despite a late rally, the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi women's basketball team (6-13, 2-4) dropped their fourth conference game of the season Wednesday night, 73-67, to Texas State (11-7, 3-2) at Strahan Coliseum. Senior Myeisha Myles and junior Alisa Roberts paced the Islanders in double-figure scoring.
Myles powered the Islanders with her third double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Roberts posted her fourth double-figure scoring game and her second back-to-back double-figure scoring game with 15 points and six rebounds. She also chipped in two assists and three steals in 28 minutes. The Islanders also had a balanced performance out of Verne'qua Taylor. The junior added seven points, six rebounds, five assists and six steals in 34 minutes. Sophomore Brandi Huff registered eight points and Damequia Montgomery added seven.
The Islanders outrebounded the Bobcats 45-42 and scored 23 points off Texas State's 18 turnovers. The Islanders bench also came up big outscoring the Bobcats' bench 20-13.
The Bobcats were propelled by three players in double-digit scoring. Diamond Ford led Texas State with 22 points, Kelsey Krupa added 15 and Ashley Ezeh tallied 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Texas State jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Roberts answered with a lay-in and a jumper to tie the game at 4-4. The Bobcats' Krupa triggered a three from downtown to push Texas State's lead to three. Myles got on the board with her first basket of the game on a put back to cut the lead to two. Krupa answered with her second three of the game before Vega-Vega and Huff each added layups to tie it at 10. Texas State took a 14-11 lead before Taylor added a free throw. Ford made two free throws before Huff scored inside from a dish from Taylor to bring the Islanders within two at the 10-minute mark.
The Bobcats pulled ahead by 11 on an 11-2 run. Myles and freshman Trish Amboree added back-to-back baskets to cut the lead to seven, 27-20. The Islanders and Bobcats traded baskets until Texas State continued to push ahead with a 5-0 run. Taylor and Kaylan Martin each traded free throws before Myles added a basket from Taylor. The Bobcats went to the line two more times before the half to score four before Roberts added a free throw with 26.1 seconds to end the half with the Bobcats leading, 39-27.
Texas State led the Islanders headed into locker room at the half with a 12-point cushion. Myles paced the Islanders with six points and five rebounds and Roberts added five points and four rebounds. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi edged the Bobcats on the boards 26-25 and led the bench 11-6. The Bobcats capitalized at the charity stripe, going to the line 15 times to shoot 86.7. Texas State was powered by Ford's 12 points and Krupa's 11.
The Islanders jumped out to a 6-2 run to start the second half. Texas State took the opening basket to take their biggest lead of the game, 41-27. Zoe Vega-Vega, Taylor and Myles each responded, tacking up points to cut the lead to eight. Texas State added four free throws before Roberts hit two from the line. Ford then hit her 1,000th point of her career on a three-pointer from the left wing. Huff responded with back-to-back jumpers to pull the Islanders within 10. The two teams traded buckets back and forth until Taylor jumpstarted the Islanders on a 7-2 run to cut the Bobcats lead to six with 10:25 to play.
The Bobcats clawed their way back with a 6-0 run to push the lead back to 12. Montgomery's free throw and Jammer's layup brought the Islanders within nine. Ezeh's layup gave the Bobcats a 62-51 lead with 5:57 remaining before Jammer and Taylor each scored at the line. The Bobcats extended the lead to 12 on a layup and two free throws. Roberts answered with a layup to cut the lead back to 10. The two teams battled back and forth until Myles put-back and two free throws pulled the Islanders within striking distance, 70-64. Ford made three free throws before Roberts triggered the Islanders only three-pointer of the game with 36 seconds remaining to bring the Islanders within five. Ford finished the game with a free throw to give the Bobcats the six-point victory.
The Islanders will remain on the road on Saturday, Jan. 28, when they travel to Nacogdoches to take on Stephen F. Austin. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m.