February 3, 2011

Islanders furious rally comes up just short against Nicholls

THIBODAUX, La. - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team fell behind early, rallied late, but came up just short in its comeback bid, losing a 77-74 final to the Nicholls Colonels.

The Islanders are now 2-19 on the year, including a 0-8 record in Southland Conference games. The Colonels improved to 7-14 overall, 2-6 in league contests.

Adrienne Scott led the way for the team, scoring a game-high 20 points, all coming in the second half as she was the key to the comeback for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. Anitra Jeffery added 10 points and 10 assists for her fourth double-double of the season.

In the first half, the Islanders took a 3-2 lead on a three-point shot from Jade Davis just 20 second into the game. The team built the lead to six on a jumper by Ashley Darley and then a three-point play by Davis to make it 10-4 with 16 minutes left in the opening period. A Taryn Gregory three pointer with 14:42 left made it 15-7 in favor of Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and gave them their biggest lead of the half. A Jasmine Hopkins layup started a run for the Colonels that saw them outscore the Islanders 11-3 over the next four minutes to tie it at 18-18. Nicholls would outscore Texas A&M - Corpus Christi by a 40-18 margin over the final 15 minutes to take a 47-33 lead into the break.

In the second period, the Colonels kept the pressure on, scoring early and often to extend the lead to 24 points at 59-35 less than five minutes into the half. A jumper by Davis and layup by Scott started the rally, cutting it to 59-39 with 14:20 to go. With the lead standing at 68-47, Scott scored 12 of the Islanders next 16 points to help cut the lead to just nine at 74-65. They were able to cut the lead to just four points at 74-70 with 1:42 left before the Colonels broke the momentum with a three-point shot. Taryn Gregory answered back with a three of her own to cut it back to four. Jeffery hit one-of-two free throws to cut the lead to three. Nicholls missed a free throw to clinch the game with just three seconds left, but the buzzer sounded before Texas A&M - Corpus Christi was able to get a shot off.

The Islanders out-rebounded the Colonels by a 44-32 margin but committed 18 turnovers to Nicholls' 16 on the night.

Next up for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi is a Saturday game at Northwestern State. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. in Natchitoches, La. at the Prather Coliseum.