December 21, 2010

Islanders drop 61-55 decision against Alabama State to close out Gator Holiday Classic

Gainesville, Fla. - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team came up short against the Alabama State Hornets on Tuesday afternoon with a 61-55 loss at the Gator Holiday Classic.

The Islanders fall to 0-10 on the year and will travel to the Lady Griz Holiday Classic in Missoula, Mont. next week to play North Dakota and Utah Valley. The Hornets improved to 3-7 on the season.

Lauren Smith and Adrienne Scott tied for the team lead in scoring with 16 points apiece while Zoey Vega-Vega had a team-high 10 rebounds for her second double-digit rebounding game of the season.

The Islanders opened the scoring in the first half on a Smith layup 50 second into the contest. The two teams battled back-and-forth with neither able to take more than a seven-point advantage. ASU led 22-15 at the 6:28 mark before Texas A&M - Corpus Christi rallied to take the halftime lead. Ashley Darley hit a jumper to cut it to five and Smith followed with a three pointer to make it 22-20 with 5:21 left. After the lead was pushed back to four, Darley made another jumper and then hit 1-of-2 free throws to cut the deficit to a single point at 24-23. After falling behind by four, a layup by smith and a pair of free throws by Darley knotted the score at 29-29 with 1:16 left in the half. Jessica Jammer made a free throw with 14 seconds left to give the Islanders a 30-29 lead heading into the break.

In the second half, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi scored the first four points on baskets from Darley and Jammer to extend the lead to 34-29 after four minutes of play. They were able to hold the Hornets to just one bucket in the first seven minutes of the period in building a seven-point lead. ASU scored eight consecutive points to take a one-point lead with 10:28 left to play. Jade Davis tied the score at 39-39 at the 10:17 mark before another Hornet jumper gave them a two-point lead. Scott tied the score at 41-41, but the Hornets made another run to put the game away. Texas A&M- Corpus Christi was unable to find an answer to stopping Tanika Jackson as she reeled off 22 points in the second half.

Darley added 11 points as the only other player in double figures for the Islanders. Smith added seven rebounds while Scott had six boards on the afternoon.

Next up for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi will be a matchup against North Dakota on Dec. 28 in Missoula, Mont. at the Lady Griz Holiday Classic. They will play Utah Valley on Dec. 29 to finish play until after the start of the New Year.