ISLANDERS SURVIVE OVERTIME TO WIN WBI OPENER AGAINST ROADRUNNERS
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team withstood a huge individual effort to pick up its second-ever postseason win by a 97-89 score in overtime against Cal State-Bakersfield on Wednesday night. The Islanders won their opening round game in the Women's Basketball Invitational as Jade Davis scored 30 while CSUB's Phynique Allen scored a record-tying 36 points against the Islanders in an explosive offensive contest on Stripes Court.
The Islanders improve to 23-10 on the season and tie the school record for wins at 23 in one year. The Roadrunners finish the season at 16-13. The 36 points by Allen tied an Islander record for most points scored by an individual. Davis' 30 points marks her third 30-plus point game of the year.
Davis led the team in scoring with 30 while Elisa Beagle added her 12th double-double of the year with 12 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out. Lauren Smith and Anitra Jeffery scored 13 apiece as four Islanders scored in double figures. It was Jeffery's third double digit scoring game in four postseason games after not recording any during the regular season while also tying her career-high.
In the first half, the Islanders played keep up most of the period as Allen exploded for 20 points, surpassing her season average of 18.3 points per game. After trailing by as many as five points in the period, a late jumper by Anitra Jeffery cut the lead 42-41 going into the break.
After the half, the Islanders fell behind by seven points before coming back to lead by as many as four on an Elisa Beagle jumper to make it 75-71 with 5:17 left in regulation. Allen scored 14 points in the half for the Runners while Davis nearly matched her point-for-point, scoring 13 in the second half while Smith added 12 in the period. A pair of Smith free throws with 1:12 left in the game made it an 84-83 lead for TAMUCC before CSUB made 1-of-2 free throws with one minute to tie the game up and send it into overtime.
In the extra period, the Roadrunners scored first but Davis answered back with a huge three pointer to regain the lead for the Islanders. Beagle added to the lead with a layup to make it an 89-86 lead early in the period. A CSUB layup with 45 seconds left to cut the lead to five would be the last points they would score as Davis knocked down 3-of-4 free throws to ice the game at 97-89.
The Islanders will play Washington on Sunday with the Huskies traveling to Corpus Christi to play the Islanders at 4 PM in the Dugan Wellness Center. Washington beat Portland by a 75-44 final in their opening round game.