Islanders Win Thriller over Jackson State, 64-61
CORPUS CHRISTI – Jessica Jammer's three-pointer with 32 seconds left and Alisa Roberts free throw in the final seconds sealed the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (4-7) women's basketball 64-61 win over Jackson State University (1-5) Friday night at the Dugan Wellness Center. The Tigers cut the deficit to one in the final seconds, but the Islanders held on to the lead to squeeze out their second home win of the season.
After a nine-day break the Islanders had a balanced attack with 10 players in the scoring column. Jammer scored a team-high 12 points and pulled down five rebounds in 30 minutes of play. Junior Damequia Montgomery registered eight points and led the glass with 12 rebounds. Senior Myeisha Myles added eight points and seven rebounds while junior Verne'qua Taylor dished out a season-high nine assists. Three different Islanders tallied two blocks to go with seven team blocks.
The Islanders shot 39.3 percent from the field (24-61), 30.8 percent from behind the arc (4-13) and 50.0 percent from the charity stripe (12-24). Texas A&M - Corpus Christi outrebounded Jackson State 51-42 and capitalized on 11 second chance points while scoring 28 of their 64 points in the paint.
Beatrice Banks led the Tigers with 12 points and Rachel Jones tallied 11 points and six rebounds.
The Islanders took the lead with 15:48 left in the first half and maintained the lead up to the three-minute mark left in the game. The Tigers' Beatrice Banks jumper put Jackson State up by one before Roberts followed with a three from the right wing. Dominique Brothern responded with a three to give the Tigers a one-point advantage. The two teams traded buckets back-and-forth before Jammer's three-pointer gave the Islanders the lead for good. Jackson State hit a jumper with seven seconds left but Roberts made free throw with 6.2 seconds sealed the Islanders victory.
Myles opened the second half with a jumper and the Tigers cut the deficit to seven with 14:29 to play on a three-point play by Jasmine Greer. Zoe Vega-Vega's layup off a no-look pass from Taylor and Vega-Vega's dish to Trish Amboree gave the Islanders a 10-point lead.
The Tigers went on a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to three on a three-point play with 8:16 to play. The Islanders answered with jumpers by Marquesha Anderson-Sparks and Montgomery to push the Islanders lead to 53-48 with 4:58 to play.
The Tigers took the opening lead to start the game, but seven points by Jammer gave the Islanders their first lead at the 15:53 mark. Jackson State tied it at 7-7 before the Islanders answered with a 6-0 run with buckets by Myles, Vega-Vega and Amboree to give the Islanders the lead.
Jackson State pulled within two with 5:43 left in the half off a three-point play by Tiffany Kellum. Texas A&M – Corpus Christi padded the lead to 10 with 1:57 left to play in the half. Montgomery chipped in two layups while Myles and Amboree each added buckets to extend the lead to 30-20.
Amboree put the Islanders up by 11 with 34 seconds left in the half with two free throws and sophomore Taryn Gregory added a steal and jumper with eight seconds left , which closed the Islanders scoring in the half, 34-21. The Tiger's Alisa Ross's jumper as time expired brought the Tigers within 11.
At the half, the Islanders led 34-23 behind Jammer's nine points and five rebounds. Amboree and Montgomery each added six points. The Islanders shot 43.3 percent and outrebounded the Tigers 29-17. Kellum led the Tigers with seven points and Jones pulled down four rebounds.
The Islanders will travel to Dallas, Texas to take on Southern Methodist University on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m.