CORPUS CHRISTI – Senior Myeisha Myles tallied her 13th double-figure scoring game but the Texas State Bobcats powered their way to a 74-61 victory Wednesday night at the American Bank Center to snap the Islanders two-game home winning streak.
Myles paced the Islanders (8-16, 4-7 SLC) with 18 points and seven rebounds while junior Jessica Jammer tallied 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals, while tying a career high four blocks. Junior Verne'qua Taylor chipped in 10 points and six rebounds. Myles and senior Zoe Vega-Vega powered the Islanders glass with seven rebounds and Myles dished out a season-high four assists while Vega-Vega added three. The Islanders scored 18 points off of the Bobcats 18 turnovers.
The Bobcats (14-10, 6-5 SLC) were propelled by Diamond Ford's 22 points and Ashely Ezeh's 12 points. Jasmine Baugus also scored in double-figures with 10. The Bobcats outrebounded the Islanders 51-39, while shooting 41.2 percent (28-68) from the field and 73.7 percent (14-19) from the charity stripe.
The Islanders took the 4-1 lead before the Bobcats built a seven-point cushion on a 10-0 run before freshman Trish Amboree added her first basket of the game. After trading free throws Myles added a layup before the Bobcats went up by six. A dish inside to Myles from Taylor pulled the Islanders within four. The Bobcats then went to the free throw line for their seventh make of the night at the 9:25 mark. After trading baskets back-and-forth junior Alisa Roberts added a free throw to cut the lead to eight.
Texas State put together a mini 4-0 run to take a 26-14 lead with 6:28 to play in the half. Jammer triggered the Islanders only three-pointer of the game at the 6:11 mark. A free throw and three-pointer by India Johnson put the Bobcats up by 14. Vega-Vega and Myles answered with layups to cut the lead to 10 with 3:37 to play but Texas State continued to pull away with back-to-back layups. After Myles free throw Kalu added a layup to give the Bobcats a 37-22 lead. The two teams traded baskets before Roberts layup and Baugus's three-pointer with 42 seconds left ended the scoring at the half.
The Bobcats took a 42-26 halftime lead on 44.4 percent shooting from the field and tallied 16 bench points and 24 in the paint. Ford led all scorers with 14 points and Baugus added 10 to pace the Bobcats in double-figure scoring. Kalu led the glass with seven boards. Texas State outrebounded the Islanders 24-21. Myles led the Islanders with 12 points and Jammer added five.
The Islanders put together a 6-2 run to open the second half. Dunn and Myles each added a layup during the run and Taylor and Myles capitalized at the free throw line to cut the Bobcats' lead to 12 with 17:44 to play. Texas State answered with back-to-back jumpers to push the lead back up to 17. Jammer added back-to-back baskets before Kalu scored and added a free throw. Myles and Taylor each hit their free throws to make it 52-38 with 14:53 to play. Ford added a basket before Dunn's layup cut the Bobcats' lead to 14 with 14 minutes to play. The Islanders and Bobcats traded baskets back-and-forth before Ezeh added a layup and Ford scored two points from the charity stripe to give the Bobcats a 60-42 lead. After a Kalu free throw, Montgomery added her first bucket of the game at the 9:50 mark. The Bobcats made two free throws before the Islanders went on a mini 4-0 run with buckets by Myles and Vega-Vega.
The Bobcats took a 19-point lead with seven minutes to play with back-to-back layups. The Islanders put together an 8-2 run with sophomore Marquesha Anderson-Sparks, Taylor and Jammer each adding layups. Ezeh scored two free throws and a layup before Taylor answered with two of her own and a layup to end the Islanders scoring.
The Islanders head back on the road Saturday, to take on Lamar out of the East Division in Beaumont, Texas. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.