ISLANDERS HANG ON FOR 75-66 VICTORY, GO TO 3-0 IN SOUTHLAND
Natchitoches, La. - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team held on for a 75-66 win against the Northwestern State Lady Demons after leading by as many as 21 points in the second half. The victory keeps TAMUCC perfect in Southland Conference games.
"Our kids really stepped up to the challenge tonight," said head coach Robert Robinson. "We did a great job of contesting shots and keeping our composure when it got close at the end."
The Islanders move to 11-5 on the season and 3-0 in Southland Conference play. The Lady Demons fall to 9-7 on the season and 2-1 in SLC games. It is the third time in the last four seasons that the Islanders have started 3-0 in the Southland Conference.
Leading the Islanders in scoring was Deziree Green who after scoring just three points in the first half, exploded for 14 in the second half to lead a 32-15 run through the first 11 minutes. Green scored 12 points in that span to help give the Islanders a commanding lead as well as pulled down a team-high nine rebounds in the game.
"We told our kids at halftime to continue to run the floor and put pressure on Northwestern," said Robinson. "Our outside shots weren't going for us so Deziree did a great job of creating and making it happen for her."
Adrienne Scott also scored 17 points while grabbing six rebounds in the contest. Shaye Montgomery scored 12 points and Jade Davis finished with 11 to round out the four Islanders to finish with double-digit points.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair with three tie scores and six lead changes throughout the period. TAMUCC jumped out to a 9-2 lead but the Lady Demons quickly came back to take the lead at 13-12 with 11:05 left in the half. Two of the lead changes came in the last eight seconds as the Lady Demons Brittiany Houston put a lay-up in with eight seconds left to take a one-point lead. The Islanders responded with a 40-foot three pointer from Montgomery, knocking down the shot as the clock expired to put the lead back in TAMUCC's hands with a 31-29 halftime score.
The second half started with another Montgomery three pointer to extend the lead to 34-29 and begin the run. After a NWLA jumper, a lay-up by Scott and four-straight points by Green gave the Islanders a nine-point lead, its largest of the game. Green kept scoring, putting in eight more points for a 54-41 lead with 12:13 left in the game. Back-to-back lay-ups by Elisa Beagle extended the lead to 21 points, the largest of the night, with 8:18 left in the game.
"Anytime you can get a win on the road it is outstanding," said Robinson. "It shows our kids have a lot of confidence and when it got a little tight, our kids stepped up to the challenge and made plays when they had to."
The Lady Demons mounted a furious rally, coming within five points on two separate occasions in the final two minutes, but the Islanders would hold them off for a 75-66 final. Brittiany Houston led the comeback effort as she led all scorers in the game with 25 points.
"We knew Brittiany was going to get her points but we were able to hold everybody else in check," said Robinson. "That was pretty good for us considering how much she actually has the basketball in her hands during the game."
TAMUCC out-rebounded the Lade Demons by a 45-34 margin. The Islanders shot 44 percent for the game while holding NWLA to just 36 percent shooting.
Next up will be the Lamar Cardinals on Wednesday, Jan. 20 in Beaumont. The game will be available on www.GoIslanders.com as a webcast brought to you by Yannis Koutroupis.