ISLANDERS SET SCHOOL RECORD FOR WINS WITH THRILLING FINISH AGAINST WASHINGTON
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team trailed by as many as 13 points with just 6:38 on the clock but used a 16-2 run to end the game that gave them their school-record 24th win of the year with a 59-58 win over the Washington Huskies. It was also the program's first-ever win over a Pacific 10 Conference opponent.
The Islanders improved to 24-10 on the season with their next game scheduled for Thursday, March 25 at 7 PM against Memphis in the semifinals of the Women's Basketball Invitational. The Huskies finished their season with a 13-18 record.
Jade Davis led the team in scoring and hit the game-winning lay up with just 12 seconds left to put the Islanders 59-58. She scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds in the game. She was the only double-digit scorer for TAMUCC as Myeisha Myles was second on the team with nine points. Deziree Green had a team-high 10 rebounds while Myles was second in that category as well with six.
Despite shooting just 29.5 percent for the game and matching a season-low for shots made, the Islanders refused to quit when trailing by double digits late in the game. Facing a 56-43 deficit with just 6:38 to go, the Islanders turned it up a notch with a 16-2 run.
Anitra Jeffery hit a free throw followed by a pair each from Davis and Elisa Beagle to cut the lead to six points. Davis then hit a jumper to cut it to four points before UW hit a free throw to extend the lead back to five. Adrienne Scott cut the lead to three with two made free throws ahead of a Davis three-point shot to knot the game at 57-57 with 2:19 left in the contest.
The Huskies briefly regained the lead on a made free throw with 54 seconds left before Davis played the hero, taking an inbounds pass and, seeing a wide open lane, drove the ball on the baseline and hit a lay in with 12.1 seconds left to give her team the lead for just the second time all game.
Washington was able to get a pair of shots off in the final 12 seconds but was unable to make either as the clock ran out of their chances. The Islanders led for just 1:31 seconds the entire game but had it whenever it counted the most.
In the first half, the Islanders struggled to find a rhythm early on, trailing by as many as six points at the halfway point and committing 15 turnovers in the period. Late in the half TAMUCC worked its way back into a 26-26 tie with 2:52 to go. After the Huskies briefly regained a two-point lead, an Beagle layup and a pair of free throws by Myles gave the Islanders their first lead of the game at 30-28, the eventual halftime score.
Jeffery came off the bench in the first half to lead the team in scoring with seven points in 10 minutes. She scored all of her points from the free throw line, going 7-of-8. Myles led the team with five rebounds in the half while she and Davis were second on the team in scoring with six points in the half.
Now the Islanders move on to face Memphis in the semifinals of the WBI, marking the deepest postseason run the team has ever made in addition to the 24 wins that set a new school record. The Tigers downed Wichita State in the second round and will host TAMUCC on Thursday with a 7 PM start.