ISLANDER WOMEN LOSE SEASON OPENER

Nashville, Tenn. -- The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team lost their season opener against the #12 Vanderbilt Commodores by an 85-51 score on Friday night.

Despite the loss, the Islanders looked much improved from the previous year.

"I thought we played well overall." said head coach Robert Robinson. "The effort was there and you could see how much we have improved over last year's team."

The Islanders played the Commodores close early on in the game, trailing by only four at 15-11 after the first 10 minutes. Vanderbilt slowly increased their lead and was able to push the score to 36-21 at the end of the first half.

The Islanders scored first in the second half on a Jade Davis three-pointer to cut the lead to 12, but they were unable to get any closer the rest of the way. The Commodores pushed the lead to as many as 36 near the end of the game.

Davis led all scorers in the game with 16 points on 6-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-8 from three-point range while Shaye Montgomery scored 11 as the only other Islander in double digits.

"I was very proud of the team." said coach Robinson. "The players had plenty of opportunities to quit out there, but they battled through every one of them. They have definitely matured from last year."

Merideth Marsh led the Commodores in scoring with 15 points.

The Islanders are in action next against Texas Southern at the American Bank Center for their home opener. Game time is set for 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17.