Posted: Mar 9, 2013 8:30 PM
Updated: Mar 9, 2013 8:31 PM
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team gave Stephen F. Austin all it could handle, but the Ladyjacks closed the game on a 20-6 run to post a 58-52 win over the Islanders on Saturday at Johnson Coliseum. The loss ends the debut campaign of Head Coach Royce Chadwick for the Islanders.
The contest marked the final game in the careers of the Islanders' four seniors - Alisa Roberts, Imani Dunn, Jessica Jammer and Verne'qua Taylor.
Taryn Gregory and Ashley Darley each had 12 points in the loss for A&M - Corpus Christi, which overcame a 15-point first-half deficit to pull ahead early in the second half. Jammer added nine points and eight rebounds in her Islanders finale, while Brandi Huff also posted nine points and five rebounds. Taylor had six assists for the Islanders in her final game as well.
Porsha Roberts led all scorers with 15 points for the Ladyjacks, while Tierany Henderson added 11 in the victory. Annette Davis also posted nine points and nine rebounds, as the Ladyjacks edged the Islanders 36-34 on the boards.
The Islanders started cold from the floor early in the game, and SFA took advantage to build a 9-0 lead, culminating in a three for Daylyn Harris at the 16:30 mark. But then the Islanders went into the press defensively, and it paid dividends. The visitors embarked on their own 7-0 run, with six of the points coming from Darley, to cut the deficit to just two. The seesaw continued, though, as the Ladyjacks came right back with another 10-0 run to push the lead to 19-7 at the 8:54 mark.
The Islanders bounced back with four straight points to get it back to single digits, but from there, the two teams battled back-and-forth between eight and 12 points. After a Gregory three cut it to 26-17, the Ladyjacks embarked on a 10-4 run to push the lead to a game-high 15 points on a Henderson three with 1:17 left that made it 36-21. The Islanders, though, scored the last five points of the half, the final three on a triple by Gregory, to go to the locker room down just 10.
That momentum carried into the second half, as the Islanders scored 15 of the first 17 points of the half to build an eight-point lead at 46-38. Brandi Huff came out with a fury, scoring the first seven points of the period, including a traditional three-point play, to cut the lead to just three. After a Jammer layup brought it to one, a three by Darley put the Islanders up for the first time in the game, 38-36. It marked 17 straight points for the Islanders.
The rally wasn't over, though. After SFA got on the board with an Antoinette Carter bucket inside tying the score, the Islanders came right back with eight more in a row, including a three-point play for Taylor and a triple from the top of the arc by Gregory. That pushed the lead to eight, at 46-38, and capped off a 25-2 run.
SFA refused to go quietly, though, putting together an 11-3 run to tie the game once again, 49-49 with 4:31 left. The Ladyjacks regained the lead on a Harris layup with just over four minutes remaining, 51-49, then pushed the lead to four as Brittney Matthew got drove to her right for two, making it 53-49 with 3:00 remaining. After trading free-throw opportunities, the Islanders got it to a to a three-point game with the ball. But Taylor was whistled for a travel and SFA was able to close the game out at the line for the victory.
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