March 3, 2011

Islanders come up short against UT Arlington in 77-73 road loss

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team suffered another heartbreaking loss on Wednesday night, falling by a 77-73 final to the UT Arlington Lady Mavs at Texas Hall.

The loss sends the Islanders to 2-26 on the season and 0-15 in Southland Conference play. UTA is now 8-19 on the season and 5-10 in league play.

Anitra Jeffery led the team in scoring with 18 and rebounding with 16 on the night. Adrienne Scott added 13 while Jessica Jammer added 10 points. Zoey Vega-Vega also added 10 points off the bench in the second half.

In the first half, the Islanders fell behind by as many as nine points at 19-10, but they would not let the game get away from them, cutting the lead to 25-22 at the seven minute mark after a 12-6 run with four points each from Scott and Jammer while Jeffery added a bucket and Breann McMillan added a pair of free throws.

Jeffery led the team in scoring at the break with 11 while both Scott and Jammer added eight points in the half. Jeffery also led the team with eight rebounds.

In the second half, UTA opened up a large margin early, jumping ahead by as many as nine points in the first four minutes. Just like in the first half, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi kept chipping away, eventually cutting the deficit to two points with 8:20 left in the game on a Vega-Vega jumper. It was short-lived though, as the Lady Mavs stretched the lead back to nine points at 68-59 with 5:19 left.

Just over a minute passed before the Islanders were back within three at 68-65 with 4:05 left in the game. They cut the lead to just one point on a Darley layup, but were unable to get any closer. They were forced to foul late to finish the scoring at 77-73.

Next up for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi is the season finale against Central Arkansas. The Islanders will host the Bears on Senior Night at the American Bank Center. Seniors Adrienne Scott, Anitra Jeffery, Jade Davis and Lauren Smith will be honored before the game.