CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi women's basketball team secured an impressive 83-54 victory against Southeastern Louisiana in the Dugan Wellness Center on Thursday.
The 29-point win was the biggest margin of victory for the Islanders (9-9, 2-5 in Southland Conference play) so far this season. For only the second time this year A&M – Corpus Christi shot above 50 percent, going 37-of-73 from the field.
The high field goal percentage was mostly due to the fact that the Islanders ran the court at a high level against the Lady Lions (4-14, 3-3) and recorded 26 fast break points, 25 points off of turnovers and 62 points in the paint.
Several Islanders contributed to this team win, as four different players notched double-digit scoring performances on the night, including 34 bench points.
Brandi Huff, who came off the bench, was the leading scorer with 18 points, shooting 8-of-13 from the field along with six rebounds.
Freshman Kassie Jones, who has gotten the nod at starting point guard the last three games, had the best night of her young career with 16 points along with four assists and three steals.
Fellow freshman Camesha Davis earned the first start of her career and played at a high level to score her most points in a game with 13 to go along with three huge blocks.
The final Islander to score more than 10 was Jasmine Shaw, as the team's leading scorer not only scored 12 points, but also had eight rebounds, six assists and three steals to go along with those points.
Despite the high field goal percentage, the Islanders, who average nearly 21 points a game from behind the arc, only went 3-of-15 from downtown. However, after opponents knocked down seemingly triple after triple against the Islanders to start Southland play, Southeastern only went 1-of-14 from deep.
As they have done so many times this season, the Islanders won the tip and scored just four seconds after with a layup by Shaw. The home team then kept the good start going with a steal by Shaw, turning into a layup by Jones to get the crowd energized and put the team up 4-0.
Both teams then scored six each points to make it a 10-6 game, before Davis hit another layup to give her six points and put her team up by as many with 15:20 left in the half.
After the Lady Lions pulled within three at 14-11, the Islanders went on a huge 10-0 run to give them a commanding 24-11 lead. Most of the damage was done by Huff, who came off the bench to score six during that span.
An old-fashioned three-point play for Southeastern cut the lead back down to 10, but Huff added yet another layup with 9:04 left on the clock to put her team up 26-14.
The teams both went on 4-0 runs to make it 30-18 before Brittany Mbamalu picked one off in her defensive end, and Alissa Campanero dished it off to Jones for the finish to put the Islanders up 14 — their biggest lead so far — with 4:40 to play in the half.
It wasn't until 4:12 left in the half that the Lady Lions took their first three-point attempt, and they made it count, as it went in to cut the lead down to 11.
After Davis notched her fourth basket of the game, preseason first-teamer Aja Gibson pushed her first half total up to 15, scoring the next four points to pull her team back within nine with 2:26 left in the half.
With only 51 seconds left in the first, the Islanders, who make an average of nearly seven threes a game, picked up their first triple with Shaw drilling one from deep to put A&M – Corpus Christi up 37-25.
Following a bucket by Southeastern, Huff ran her point total up to 12 in the first half with a layup to put the Islanders up 39-27 heading into the locker room.
It was an interesting start to the second half, as the Lady Lions got a bucket while the Islanders were called for a foul mid-shot, and Southeastern retained possession. It then scored on the ensuing play to cut the lead down to eight just over a minute into the final 20 minutes.
However, the Islanders came right back to score the next seven points to slow down the Lady Lions comeback attempt, pushing the lead up to 46-31 with 16:10 left to go.
The home team did not take its foot off the gas pedal either, as it continued to push the ball and opened up a 20-point lead with 11:45 left to play.
It was a slight edge for the Lady Lions, scoring the next seven of 11 points to trim the Islanders' lead down to 63-45 with 8:20 left to play. However, the Islanders continued to play aggressive basketball, and ran the court extremely well to outscore Southeastern 20-9 during the final eight minutes to come away with their biggest win of the season. The run included a pair of layups by Doshi Davis for her first career buckets.
The Islanders will be right back in action Saturday, as they will play in downtown Corpus Christi, taking on New Orleans for the first time in school history at 4 p.m. in the American Bank Center.