The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team suffered a 72-54 setback in Southland Conference action against the UTSA Roadrunners at the American Bank Center on Wednesday night.
The Islanders fall to 10-14 on the year and 5-6 in SLC play. The Roadrunners improved to 16-8 overall and 9-2 in SLC games.
Myeisha Myles pulled down 16 rebounds while Shaye Montgomery scored 16 and Jade Davis added 13, but it was not enough as Monica Gibbs of the Roadrunners put in her third-career triple-double to lead UTSA.
"It was a tough night for us." said Robinson. "We were not hitting as many shots as we needed to and we gave up too many points on the inside."
In the first half, the Islanders were dealt a blow and fell behind early, going down 21-12 at the 10:08 mark in the first half after starting guard Lauren Smith went out of the game and was unable to return. Trying to close the gap, Deziree Green added a free throw at 8:01 and Louvinia Robinson added a layup with 6:53 left in the half to make it 21-15 UTSA. LaToya Thomas added a layin and Robinson added another bucket at 4:36 to pull the Islanders within two at 21-19, as they scored seven consecutive points to close the gap.
"Lauren went out early but we didn't give in." said Head Coach Robert Robinson. "I was proud of the way they kept fighting."
The two teams battled the final four minutes of the half with the Roadrunners heading in the break with a 32-28 lead. Myles went into the break with 10 rebounds while Davis led the Islanders with seven points at the break.
In the second half, the Islanders were never able to get on track, as the Roadrunners opened the half with the first four points and built their lead to as many as 15 by the 12:32 mark. The Islanders tried to chip away with a made three-pointer by Montgomery and a layup and pair of free throws to get within eight at 50-42, but were never able to get any closer the rest of the way.
The Roadrunners got it back to 17 with 4:24 left in the game and hit a layup with 26 seconds remaining to put the final score at 72-54.
The Islanders have to recover quickly, as they make the long road trip to Lake Charles, La. to take on McNeese State this Saturday in another SLC match up. The game is set for a 4 PM tipoff.