December 20, 2009

ISLANDERS SURVIVE SCARE, WIN 61-60 AT TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN

Edinburg - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team survived a close call against Texas-Pan American to improve to 6-3 on the season. The Islanders won a 61-60 thriller over the Broncs in a game that came down to the final seconds.

"It was a key game for us, we made plays when we had to make plays on both ends of the floor," said head coach Robert Robinson. "It was a good, hard-fought game by our kids, they had to be in it for 40 minutes and they did a good job of that."

Adrienne Scott was the player of the game as she scored 20 points, grabbed six rebounds and had a huge block in the final seconds to preserve the win for TAMUCC. Jade Davis added 16 points and Elisa Beagle had nine in the game. Beagle also added nine rebounds to lead the team with Davis close behind at eight on the night.

The Broncs won the tip and scored the first basket in the first half, but it did not take long for the Islanders to take the lead. Three straight Scott free throws gave the team its first lead of the game at 3-2 while the tie at 6-6 would be the last of the first half. After UTPA tied it, a Shaye Montgomery three pointer, jumpers by Davis and Deziree Green, a lay-up by Anitra Jeffery and a pair of free throws by Montgomery saw TAMUCC jump out to a commanding 17-8 lead. Following a made Broncs shot, lay-ups by Scott and Green gave the Islanders their first double-digit lead of the game at 21-10 at the 10 minute mark of the opening period. The two teams traded baskets the rest of the way, with UTPA hitting the final shot of the half to go in the locker room down by a 39-30 margin.

The Islanders starters scored 35-of-39 points while the UTPA bench kept the Broncs in the game, scoring 19-of-30 points in the half.

The game was much closer in the second half, with the two teams battling till the last second to secure a win. UTPA opened up the half with a 14-6 run to cut the deficit to one point at 45-44 just six minutes into the period. The Islanders responded with an 11-2 run to extend the lead back to 10 points at 56-46 with 7:06 left in the game. In a game of runs, UTPA outscored the Islanders 14-4 over the next five minutes to take its first lead since holding a one point advantage just three minutes into the game. They led 60-59 with just two minutes left before a Davis jumper gave TAMUCC the final basket of the game. Davis' shot made it 61-60 to take the lead after Scott came up with a huge block on the previous Broncs possession.

After a missed shot by UTPA, they grabbed an offensive rebound and tried to put it back up before being rejected by Scott. The ensuing trip down the court led to the deciding basket by Davis in a hard fought effort from both teams.

"Adrienne played really well on the offensive end, she finished shots and got to the line and made free throws," said Robinson. "She did a lot of good things for us today, she had key rebounds and did a good job of guarding her player."

The team will be back in action at the American Bank Center on Monday, Dec. 28 at 7:00 PM against Houston. It is the second game of a doubleheader as the men take on Oklahoma Panhandle State at 4:30 PM.

"Our kids will definitely be excited about playing Houston," said Robinson. "We have them coming to our place to play at home so it should be an advantage for us."