December 27, 2011

Indiana’s Second-Half Shooting Tops Islanders 80-58

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – Senior Myeisha Myles and sophomore Marquesha Anderson-Sparks paced the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi women's basketball team (4-9) with double-digit scoring efforts but the Islanders couldn't overcome Indiana University's (5-8) second-half shooting, falling 80-58, Tuesday night at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.

After a nine-day break for the holidays, the Islanders returned to action against Big Ten foe Indiana. Myles powered the Islanders with her seventh double-digit scoring game with 19 points and grabbed five boards. Anderson-Sparks scored her fifth double-digit scoring game with 11 points in her fourth start of the season and pulled down a season-high seven rebounds. Junior Jessica Jammer chipped in nine points and five rebounds and junior Verne'qua Taylor dished out seven assists.

Indiana was propelled by three players in double-digit scoring and shot 42.0 percent from the field (29-69) including 7-of-21 from three-point land. Jasmine McGhee led the Hoosiers with 19 points, Quaneisha McCurty added 17 points, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc and pulled down eight boards. Sasha Chaplin chipped in 12 points and seven reboards. Indiana outrebounded the Islanders 51-47 and scored 36 bench points to the Islanders 15.

The Hoosiers jumped out to a 4-0 lead to open the game, before Myles hit her first jumper of the game. Indiana extended the lead to 16-4 at the 14-minute mark with a 10-0 run before the Islanders answered with a 6-0 run by buckets by Taylor, Anderson-Sparks and Jammer to get within five with 11:14 left in the half.

The Islanders cut the lead to four with under five minutes left in the half. Jammer hit her first three of the game and Myles added a jumper while she and the Hoosiers' McGhee traded buckets back-and-forth until Myles jumper cut the lead to four with 4:40 to play.

Brandi Huff's layup and Anderson Spark's second three-pointer of the half brought the Islanders within two with three minutes left in the half but the Hoosiers held on to the lead with a 10-4 run to end the half up 37-29.

Indiana's hot shooting continued as they shot 40.6 percent in the second half. Out of the locker room the Hoosiers went on a 12-5 run to pad the lead to 49-34. After trading buckets back-and-forth Indiana went on a 16-2 run to take a 70-44 lead with under eight minutes to play.

The Islanders answered with a 6-0 run jumpstarted by junior Alisa Roberts' jumper and Myles layup from Anderson-Sparks. Roberts free throw cut the deficit to 70-49 with 6:36 to play.

The Hoosiers took a 37-29 halftime lead. Myles and Anderson-Sparks led the Islanders with eight points apiece and Jammer added seven. The Islanders led the Hoosiers in the paint and scored six second chance points to Indiana's two. The Hoosiers led the boards 26-23 behind Andrea Newbauer's six boards. Indiana shot 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from three-point land and McGhee led with a game-high 13 points at the half.

The Islanders will open the New Year on Saturday, Jan. 7 against McNeese State in Lake Charles, La. to begin Southland Conference action. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m.