NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi women's basketball team made a dramatic second half comeback to defeat Tennessee State 76-74 in a nail biter on Thursday night.
With five seconds left Jasmine Shaw scooped up a rebound off a missed three and was able to put it back in, even with a foul, to put A&M – Corpus Christi up one. She was able to hit the free throw to go up two, and a heave at the buzzer bounced off the front iron to secure the victory for the Islanders.
Shaw came just short of a triple-double, as she finished the night with nine assists to go along with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Brandi Huff tied her career high in points and was the Islanders leading scorer with 15. She set a career high with 11 rebounds and picked up the first double-double of her career.
The Lady Tigers put points on the board first with a bucket in the paint to make it 2-0. The Islanders picked up right where they left off from last game, as Shaw drained one from deep and then converted on a layup after getting the steal to make it a 5-2 A&M – Corpus Christi lead.
Two free throws on the other end cut the lead to one, but Huff and Mbamalu would hit layups on the next two possessions to open the Islander lead up to five with 17:17 left in the half.
The home team would come roaring back though, as TSU scored the next 11 out of 15 to go up by two. Kassie Jones came right back to hit her second jumper while driving the lane to knot the game at 15 with 12:20 left on the clock.
However, another TSU run ensued, as it went on an 8-2 run over the next 2:21 to make it a six-point game with just under 10 minutes left until the halftime horn. Six of the eight points by the Lady Tigers would come from behind the arc during the run.
Alissa Campanero came right back with a three of her own to cut the lead back down to three. The Lady Tigers were on a hot streak though, as they made a three of their own, making it 26-20 with 9:15 left in the first half.
Camesha Davis got some points of her own, as the freshman notched the first field goal of her career to cut the lead back down to four. Two Shaw free throws made the advantage just two for the Lady Tigers.
TSU pushed the lead back up to seven though via a three, followed by a turnover turned into a layup on the other end.
The Islanders would cut the lead to three, but that was when the TSU started to take over. The Lady Tigers rattled off the next nine points to extend the lead to 12, gaining all the momentum with 1:14 left in the half.
A&M – Corpus Christi was able to get a much-needed run to close out the half though. It came from freshman Camesha Davis, who, after not recording a field goal in her first four games, she went on a 6-0 run by herself. This would cut the Lady Tigers' lead to just six, heading into the half.
Both teams opened up the second half with six points apiece with the Lady Tigers maintaining a six-point lead with the score 47-41 with 17:01 left on the clock.
During the next two minutes, the Tigers made two consecutive buckets to push the lead back up to double digits, putting them up by 10.
The Islanders would cut the lead to five twice, but TSU was able to respond each time and even extended the lead to 11 with the score 62-51 with eight and a half left for A&M – Corpus Christi to make a run.
That is exactly what the Islanders were able to do in the next 5:18, going on a 16-6 run to take a 67-66 lead with about four minutes left to play.
Two free throws by Taryn Gregory then extended the Islander lead up to three, but the Lady Tigers scored the next five points to go back up by two with 1:28 left in the game.
Gregory missed a layup on the next possession, but Huff continued the domination on the offensive glass the Islanders showed in the second half, putting the miss back in to tie the game back up at 73.
A free throw by the Lady Tigers would put the home team back up by one with just over a minute to play before the heroics by Shaw won the game for A&M – Corpus Christi.
The Islanders will now travel back to the state of Texas to take on Texas State the night before Thanksgiving, as the two teams will faceoff on Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. in San Marcos, Texas.