Islanders fall short in comeback bid against Stephen F. Austin
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team was unable to come back from a halftime deficit, falling 89-78 to Stephen F. Austin at the Johnson Coliseum on the SFA campus.
The Islanders are now 2-25 on the season and 0-14 in Southland Conference games. SFA improves to 11-16 overall with an 8-6 league record.
Anitra Jeffery scored a career-high 21 points while Ashley Darley added 17, Jessica Jammer contributed 12 and Adrienne Scott finished with 11 points. Jeffery and Darley both had double-doubles, with Jeffery adding 10 rebounds while Darley finished with 12 boards on the night.
In the first half, the two teams were held close to each other in the early going, with neither side getting more than a two-point advantage until nearly halfway through the period. With the Islanders trailing 13-12, Taryn Gregory hit a pair of free throws, followed by a Jammer jumper to make it 16-13 in favor of Texas A&M - Corpus Christi with 11:50 left on the clock. An Darley layup made it a four-point advantage at the 9:50 mark, but an 11-0 run by SFA turned the lead into a seven-point deficit at 26-19 with 7:46 to play.
The lead grew to as many as 10 points at 33-23, but the Islanders rallied to even the score as a layup from Darley and a pair of free throws from both Gregory and Jeffery knotted it at 35-35 with 1:30 left until the break. A three-point play and a three pointer by the Ladyjacks put the lead back to six before a Jade Davis jumper with 17 seconds left finished the scoring at 41-37 heading into the break.
In the second half, SFA scored several times early on, but Texas A&M - Corpus Christi was able to answer to keep the margin within four points on a Darley jumper with 14:45 left in the game. The Islanders cut the lead to two points at 58-56 on a Darley layup and at 63-61 following a Scott three-point play with 10:18 left, but there were never able to complete the comeback. A 9-0 run stretched the deficit to 72-61 over the next two minutes and the visitors were never able to get closer than eight points the rest of the way, falling by an 89-78 final to the Ladyjacks.
Davis finished with nine points while Gregory added six for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. Jammer led the team with four steals while Darley added two. Brandi Huff blocked two shots to pace the Islanders.
Next up for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi is a road contest on Wednesday night in Arlington against UT Arlington. The Islanders and the Lady Mavs are scheduled to tipoff on the UT Arlington campus at 7 p.m. from Freedom Hall.