ISLANDERS DOWN NORTH FLORIDA AT LADY OSPREY CLASSIC
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team got back in the win column Thursday night with a 58-47 victory over North Florida, host of the Lady Osprey Holiday Classic the Islanders were playing in.
The victory brings the Islanders to 3-7 on the year while North Florida falls to 2-7 on the season.
Jade Davis continued her recent trend by once again leading the Islanders in scoring; tallying 16 points on 4-of-8 shooting while making 8-of-10 free throws while also being named to the all-tournament team. Deziree Green bounced back from recent struggles to record double-digits in points at 10. Green was 4-of-5 from the field and 2-for-2 on free throws.
"Jade hit some big shots for us tonight." said Head Coach Robert Robinson. "She took control in certain situations and got to the line when the open shot wasn't there. Deziree got back on track tonight with a big night off the bench."
The Islanders as a team shot 50% from the field (19-38) while the defense held the Ospreys to just 30% (17-57) from the field.
"Our defense has been good enough to win lately." said coach Robinson. "Our offense shot the ball well today and we did a great job attacking the basket."
In the first half, the Islanders took an early four-point advantage on a Green fast break layup to make it 6-2. The Ospreys scored the next seven points to take the lead back at 9-6.
The Islanders were unable to retake the advantage until a layup by Adrienne Scott with 6:47 left in the first half to make it 16-15. The Islanders extended the lead to as many as six at 21-15 on a pair of free throws by Louvinia Robinson with 4:48 left in the half.
"I was most happy for Adrienne tonight." said coach Robinson. "She had a huge game for us after having a rough game yesterday. I thought everybody did a good job for us off the bench."
The Ospreys managed to tie the game at 24-24 with 43 seconds left in the half and looked like they would manage a tie after the first period.
Davis had other ideas. For the second night in a row, Davis hit a jumper with just two seconds left to give the Islanders a 26-24 lead at the half.
In the second half, the Islanders slowly built their lead, getting as high as 12 at 55-43 with 2:46 left in the game.
The Islanders held onto the double-digit lead as they closed out the game with a pair of free throws from Scott to put the final score at 58-47 while winning their first game on the road.
"This was huge for us to play well on the road." said Robinson. "Every game we play is going to be tough and getting a win on the road is huge for us."
Davis led the Islanders in scoring with 16 points, followed by Green with 10 points as the only team members in double-digits. Scott contributed nine points while also grabbing four rebounds, one block and one steal.
Green led the Islanders with five rebounds while Scott, Myeisha Myles, Lauren Smith and Shaye Montgomery each pulled down four.
Davis was chosen as one of the five members of the all-tournament team along with Jolie Efezokhae and Brittany Wiley of Jacksonville State, Becky Fernandes of Longwood and Brittany Kirkland of host team North Florida.
The Islanders are next in action at the Georgia State Invitational on Dec. 29 and 30. TAMUCC will take on Rhode Island on the Dec. 29 and either Mississippi Valley State or Georgia State on Dec. 30.