December 29, 2008

ISLANDERS DOWN RHODE ISLAND IN GEORGIA STATE INVITATIONAL

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team beat Rhode Island by a 75-67 score at the Georgia State Invitational.

The win marks the first back-to-back wins by the Islanders and brings their season record to 4-7. Rhode Island falls to 5-7 on the year.

Jade Davis continued her hot streak, leading the team in scoring for the sixth game in a row while scoring 15 points, one of four Islanders in double digits. The team overall shot 53.6% for the game.

"We shot the ball well today." said Head Coach Robert Robinson. "We knocked down our open shots and out post players did well getting position on the inside."

In the first half, the Islanders jumped out to an early lead and never let up as they never trailed throughout the game. Davis put TAMUCC ahead before the clock ever started, as Rhode Island was assessed a technical foul on the bench and Davis made 1-of-2 free throws to make it 1-0.

A Smith jumper and a three-pointer by Shaye Montgomery quickly gave the Islanders a 6-0 lead one minute into the game.

TAMUCC steadily built their lead to as many as 13 points in the first half at 32-19. The Islanders ended the first half just as strong, scoring the last four points on LaToya Thomas and Adrienne Scott jumpers to take a 12 point lead into the half at 36-24.

In the second half, the Islanders held steady, never leading by less than six points and stretching their advantage to as many as 18 at 64-46 with 5:24 left in the game.

The second half is where Davis made her mark, scoring 10 of her 15 points. Montgomery added seven points and pulled down five rebounds as well in the second half.

The Islanders defense held Rams leading scorer Sierra Cooper to only six points in the game, nearly cutting her 11.5 average in half. The Islander defense forced 19 turnovers while making nine steals.

"We did a good job guarding Cooper today." said Robinson. "We go into the games looking to limit the other teams' top threat and we did that well for a full 40 minutes out there today."

The win for the Islanders gives them a 1-0 series advantage as this was the first ever meeting between the two teams.

Davis led the Islanders in scoring with 15 points. Montgomery scored 13, Scott scored 12 and Sarah Davidson added 10 points. Smith led the team with six rebounds while Montgomery had five.

"I thought Adrienne did a good job out there today." said Robinson. "She has been gaining confidence the past few games and she did really well today in the post on both the offense and defensive ends."

The Islanders now take on tournament host Georgia State on Tuesday at 3 PM CST in the championship game of the invitational.

"Georgia State is fairly similar to Rhode Island in that they like to press and get the ball inside to their post players." said Robinson. "This is a good chance for us to get a win and to build momentum heading into Southland Conference play."

Georgia State advanced to the game by beating Mississippi Valley State by a 70-60 score in the opening game of the tournament. The Panthers are now 6-3 on the year heading into the game against the Islanders.