March 21, 2010
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Jade Evans hit a running shot in the paint with 12 seconds left, and Texas A&M Corpus Christi advanced to the semifinals of the WBI with a 59-58 win over Washington on Sunday afternoon.
The Huskies could not sustain a 13-point second half lead they had constructed. The Islanders came back on the strength of free throws, a category they led 40-25, a discrepancy that concerned Coach Tia Jackson afterwards, along with C.C's advantage on the glass (44-37).
"Championships are won by rebounding and defense, defensively we were solid holding them to 29% which is great but we feel short on the rebounding end," Jackson said. Washington ends its season at 13-18, on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico in the 1,200-seat Dugan Wellness Center. The trip was a hassle logistically for the team, requiring over 15 hours of travel, which featured a flight up to Vancouver, B.C., and then a four-hour bus ride from Houston. Yet the Dawgs were seconds away from advancing to play Memphis in the semifinals of their first postseason tournament in four years. The game had a familiar ending to the Huskies first game of the season, a one-point loss in the game's final seconds at Portland State.
The WBI quarters also marked the final appearances for seniors Sami Whitcomb, Sara Mosiman (who did not play with a concussion), Christina Rozier and Laura McLellan. Lydia Young, another senior, has missed all season with a knee injury. Whitcomb scored five points in her final outing, which surpassed Amy Mickelson for 15th place all-time in the program's history.
Kristi Kingma led the Huskies with 14 points, hitting 4-of-12 shots from the floor. Sophomore Mollie Williams chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds. Davis hit a game-high 17 for the Islanders, who improved to 24-10 on the season. The Dawgs trailed 30-28 at the halftime, but roared to a double-digit lead, going up 13 with just over six minutes remaining in the game. But the Huskies had trouble converting buckets on offense, and didn't score over the final 7:33 of the game.
The WBI offered the program a pair of valuable games and practice time, which should springboard them into a promising 2010-11 season and spur the development of the talented sophomore class.