By CHRIS DOELLE
KATY — A funny thing happened on the way to the Southland Conference Championship – for the first time in history, the #1 seed failed to reach the title game.
The Texas State Bobcat women’s basketball team dominated their SLC opponents all season, but when they matched up against the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders for the third time this season, they not only failed to beat them again, but were themselves dismantled 106-88. The 106 points by the Islanders is a record for the most points ever scored in the Southland Conference Tournament. Corpus’ 62.3% shooting also set a best-ever mark and Adrienne Scott‘s 90% (9 of 10) marked a new high for individual shooting percentage.
In a bittersweet twist, Joyce Ekworomadu set a personal career high for scoring (37 pts) but would have gladly traded that mark for a win.
Corpus Christi opened up the game red-hot, hitting 53.6% from the floor in the first half and thing only got hotter when they put in 72% in the second half. Deziree Green led the way for the Islanders with 23 pts (4 of 5 three-pointers) with Adrienne Scott right behind with 22 (9-10 from the floor and 4-4 from the free throw line.)
Even though their Southland Conference Tournament season is over, the team has an automatic bid to the Women’s NIT – their opponent and game location are to be determined.
POST-GAME PRESS CONFERENCE
Head Coach Suzanne Fox
Seniors Joyce Ekworomadu, Brooke DeGrate, and Marie Moser
|Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Scoring: Deziree Green (23), Adrienne Scott (22), Elisa Beagle (16)
Rebounding: Adrienne Scott (8), Elisa Beagle (7)
Assists: Shaye Montgomery (4), Victoria Davis (3)
Scoring: Joyce Ekworomadu (37), Ashley Cole (9)
Rebounding: Brooke DeGrate (8), Aimee Hilburn (7)
Assists: Victoria Davis (3)