CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team led by four at the half and three Islanders tallied double-figure scoring efforts, but Stephen F. Austin's second half outburst topped the Islanders 72-60 Saturday afternoon at the Dugan Wellness Center.
Senior Myeisha Myles and junior Alisa Roberts powered the Islanders' (8-19, 4-10) offense with 15 points apiece and junior Imani Dunn registered a career-high 10 points. Both Roberts (4-for-7) and Dunn (3-for-3) scored a season-best from behind the arc. Juniors Verne'qua Taylor and Damequia Montgomery led the Islanders on the boards with six apiece and Taylor added six assists, one block and two steals in 36 minutes of play. The Islanders shot 44 percent (22-50) from the field to the Ladyjacks 41.7 (25-60) but SFA came up big on the glass tallying 40 boards to the Islanders 29.
Tammara Marion led all scorers with 18 points and Annette Davis chipped in 10. The Ladyjacks (20-7, 10-4) shot 88.2 percent (15-17) from behind the charity stripe and received 34 of their 72 points from the bench.
The Islanders led by as many as 11 in the first half with 4:08 to go but SFA went on a 9-2 run to cut the Islanders lead to four at the half. The Ladyjacks took the lead with 13 minutes to go in the second half and never looked back to build a 13-point lead with 6:18 to play.
The Islanders and Ladyjacks traded buckets to open the game, before SFA pulled ahead by three on a three-pointer by Marion. Dunn answered with a trey to knot the score at 5-5. The Islanders extended the lead to two before the two teams were even at 7-7. The Islanders fell behind but a mini 6-0 run jumpstarted by Montgomery, junior Jessica Jammer and sophomore Brandi Huff pushed the Islanders ahead 17-12. Marion knocked down another three-pointer to cut the lead to two before Roberts and Huff built the lead to seven to add to the 11-3 run.
The two traded baskets before Davis added two free throws. Myles pushed the Islanders ahead 26-19 on a three-point play before SFA pulled within four with 6:15 to play. A 5-0 run by the Islanders extended the lead to 11. Huff added a jumper before Roberts triggered a three. Marion added a layup before Roberts hit another three from downtown to give the Islanders their biggest lead of the game.
The Ladyjacks answered with a 9-2 run to end the half and cut the lead to four. The Islanders took a four-point lead into the locker room on 50 percent shooting from the field. Roberts led the Islanders with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc. Myles added seven points and four rebounds. Taylor dished out four assists and tallied one block and one steal. The Ladyjacks were led by Brittney Matthew and Marion's eight points apiece.
The Ladyjacks came out of the half cutting the Islanders lead to one with a trey from Marion. Back-to-back jumpers by Dunn and senior Zoe Vega-Vega padded the Islanders lead to four. The Ladyjacks pulled within two with 17 minutes left in the half but a Myles jumper and two free throws kept the Islanders ahead by six.
SFA gained momentum on a 13-0 run to pull ahead for good, 53-46. Dunn stopped the run with a trey behind the arc but SFA put together another 8-0 run to take a 61-49 lead with 7:32 left. Roberts added a three before the Ladyjacks tacked on four more points. Roberts free throw and Montgomery's layup cut SFA's lead to 10 with six minutes to play.
The two teams traded buckets before both teams capitalized at the free throw line to end the scoring with the Ladyjacks making five to the Islanders three to cap the scoring.
The Islanders will host their final home game of the season at the American Bank Center on Wednesday, Feb. 29, against UT Arlington at 7 p.m.