San Marcos, Texas The Texas A&M Corpus Christi women's basketball team fell behind early and rallied late, but it was not enough as the Islanders fell to the Texas State Bobcats by a score of 69-65 in their Southland Conference contest.
The Islanders fall to 5-9 on the year and 1-1 in SLC play while the Bobcats improve to 7-7 on the year, 1-1 in SLC action.
Despite a career-high 21 points by Jade Davis and season-high 15 points by Adrienne Scott, the Islanders were unable to complete the comeback from down 23 points in the first half.
In the first half, the Islanders were unable to find a rhythm offensively while the Bobcats were shooting lights out from the field. The Bobcats connected on 55.2% of their shots in the first half, including hitting over 62% during the first 19 minutes of the game.
The Islanders fell behind 6-0 to start the game before a Shaye Montgomery three-pointer put the Islanders on the board at 6-3. The Islanders would be able to get any closer in the early going, with the Bobcats extending the lead to as many as 23 points at 33-10 with 6:23 left in the first half. The Islanders closed the deficit to 37-18 going into halftime.
"We didn't match Texas States' intensity in the first 10 minutes of the game." said Islander Head Coach Robert Robinson. "We struggled with shot selection and we weren't getting the offensive rebounds on our missed shots."
Once the second half started, the Islanders played like a brand new team. They came out with relentless effort, slowly chipping away at the Bobcats margin.
Davis scored 17 of her 21 points and Scott scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half as the Islanders were able to outscore the Bobcats by a 47-32 margin in the second half of play.
"We picked things up defensively and gained momentum in the offensive game." said coach Robinson. "We showed a lot of heart and intensity and everybody contributed on the defensive end."
A made layup by Deziree Green to make the score 56-45 marked the first time the Islanders were able to get the deficit under 13 points in the second half. Following a made Bobcat layup, Davis hit a three-pointer to get the deficit to 10 points at 58-48.
A pair of free throws by Green got the margin down to eight points before another made layup by the Bobcats made it 60-50. Shaye Montgomery hit another three-pointer for the Islanders to get the margin down to seven at 60-53 with 6:36 left in the game.
The two teams traded buckets several times until a layup and foul shot by Green put the score at 65-61 and brought the deficit to within two possessions at the 1:51 mark.
Scott hit another huge jumper with 1:27 left to make the score 65-63 in favor of the Bobcats. The Bobcats added a jumper before Scott answered with another of her own with 38 seconds left to put the deficit back to two at 67-65.
The Islanders were unable to complete the comeback however, as the Bobcats ended the game by making two free throws with three second left in the game, putting the final score at 69-65 in favor of Texas State.
The Islanders were led in scoring by Davis with her career-high 21 points. Scott contributed a season-high 15 points. Green added a double-double as she had 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Scott also added nine rebounds to go along with her scoring.
The Islanders now return home the American Bank Center on Saturday at 1 PM as they take on Northwestern State. The game will be broadcast on 1150 AM KCCT with the call by Matt Hicks.