SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team led by as many as nine in the first half, but couldn't overcome a second half surge by UTSA, falling 72-58 Wednesday night at the Convocation Center. The Islanders dropped their fifth consecutive road game and fourth straight loss of the season to move to 8-18 and 4-9 in the Southland Conference.
Senior Myeisha Myles powered the Islanders with 13 points and four rebounds and junior Jessica Jammer tallied her 10th double-figure scoring game with 12 points, two blocks and three steals. The Islanders' bench outscored UTSA's bench 25-3 and scored 32 of their 58 points in the paint.
The Roadrunners (8-18, 4-9) were paced by four players in double-figure scoring to claim their fourth conference win of the season. Cori Cooper led all scorers with 17 points, Kamra King added 16 and Ashley Garner tallied 15 points. Judy Jones chipped in a complete game with 13 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, five steals and two blocks in 35 minutes.
The Islanders took a nine-point lead with 5:40 left in the first half but the Roadrunners shot 45.9 percent (11-24) from the field in the second half including 5-for-9 from three-point land and went 12-for-17 from the charity stripe to seal the victory. The Roadrunners outrebounded the Islanders 45-27.
The Roadrunners jumped out to an early 10-2 lead on an 8-0 run at the 16-minute mark. Jammer came off the bench to stop the run and help put together an 8-2 run to bring the Islanders within three with buckets by Myles, Damequia Montgomery and Zoe Vega-Vega. The two teams traded free throws before a Jammer jumper pulled the Islanders within one with 11:30 left to play in the half. The Islanders continued the run with buckets by Jammer and Verne'qua Taylor to take the 15-14 lead. A three-pointer by King pushed the Roadrunners back ahead.
The Islanders answered with a 10-2 jumpstarted by Myles' layup to knot the score at 17. Imani Dunn triggered the Islanders first three of the game during the run and another bucket by Myles, Trish Amboree, Brandi Huff and Vega-Vega extended the Islanders lead to nine with 5:40 left to play.
The Islanders saw their lead evaporate as UTSA responded by putting together a 14-4 run to take the lead with 24 seconds remaining in the half. During the run, Jammer and Vega-Vega added buckets. Jammer's two free throws gave the Islanders a one-point lead with 2.4 seconds remaining.
The Islanders headed into the locker room with a 34-33 halftime lead behind 50 percent shooting from the field. Myles and Jammer led the Islanders with eight points apiece, while Vega-Vega added six points and two steals. The Islanders scored 24 of their 34 first half points in the paint and received 14 from the bench. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi turned the Roadrunners 14 first half turnovers into 18 points and tallied eight steals. Cooper and King paced UTSA with eight points apiece and Cooper led the glass with five rebounds. The Roadrunners outrebounded the Islanders 23-10.
UTSA came out of the half to take a one-point lead before Dunn triggered her second three of the game to push the Islanders ahead. The two went back-and-forth before the Roadrunners took the lead for good with 16:05 left to play. Alisa Roberts added a layup and free throw to pull the Islanders within one with under 15 to play. The two teams traded buckets back-and-forth before UTSA pulled ahead on an 8-1 run to build a nine-point lead. Jammer added a layup to stop the run but back-to-back three-pointers by the Roadrunners gave them a 13-point cushion with 5:11 left.
The two teams traded free throws before Brandi Huff scored a layup for the Islanders with 4:09 to play. After a UTSA free throw, Brandi Huff tallied a put-back before King pushed the Roadrunners to their biggest lead of the game with 2:37 left to play on a free throw and three-pointer. The two traded buckets before Roberts capped the Islanders scoring with a jumper in the lane.
The Islanders will return home to host Stephen F. Austin at the Dugan Wellness Center on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m.