San Antonio - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christ women's basketball team could not overcome a sluggish start and fell by a 58-37 final against UTSA on Wednesday night. The loss drops the Islanders back into a tie with the Roadrunners while staying one game back of Lamar, who lost 73-65 to Sam Houston State.
The Islanders fall 16-8 on the season and 8-3 in Southland Conference games. The Roadrunners are now 14-10 overall and 8-3 in the Southland. UTSA shot 41 percent in the game compared to just 23 percent for TAMUCC.
"If you shoot 23 percent and score 37 points on the road, you're not going to win," said head coach Robert Robinson. "I don't care who you're playing.
"Nobody stepped up to the challenge today."
In the first half it was all Roadrunners as UTSA jumped out to a 13-point lead before the Islanders got on the board. A made Elisa Beagle free throw broke the streak with a made free throw at the 12:04 mark. UTSA would build their lead up to as many as 22 in the first half before taking a 32-13 lead into the intermission.
Adrienne Scott and Jade Davis each scored four points to lead TAMUCC in the half while Scott also led the team with four rebounds.
The second half was much closer with the Islanders being outscored 26-24 but could never recover from the first half scoring drought. Beagle made up half the offense in the second half, scoring 12 points and grabbing eight rebounds to record her seventh double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
No other Islander scored in double digits as the second-leading scorer was Davis with eight points on the night. Deziree Green had the second-most rebounds with seven while Scott finished with six rebounds on the night. The Islanders went 0-for-11 from the three-point line, marking their first game since Nov. 20, 2008 against Texas that they have not made a three-point shot.
Next up for the Islanders is McNeese State on Saturday at the American Bank Center. The Islanders and the Cowgirls are set for a 1 PM tip-off on Stripes Court.
"Even though we lost, we still keep one game off the pace it just makes thing a little tighter," said Robinson. "That's a good thing, every game is going to be competitive the rest of the way.
"They don't give championships away, you have to go out and earn it."