November 19, 2013

Women's Basketball Falls to Texas A&M Corpus Christi

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Belmont women's basketball team (2-3) was done in by spotty floor shooting on Tuesday night at the Curb Event Center.  The Bruins fell to visiting Texas A&M Corpus Christi (2-2), 72-62, snapping a two-game win streak.

The contest opened with a quick 5-0 run by the Islanders before a layup by redshirt freshman Frankie Joubran (Detroit, Mich.) and a triple from the top the arc by junior Katie Carroll (Lilburn, Ga.) tied the score.  The score would go on to be knotted two more times before jumpers by Joubran and junior Adrienne Tarrence (Bowling Green, Ky.) put BU on top, 13-9, by the 9:45 mark.

Suddenly, the Bruins fell silent from the hardwood and TAMUCC took full advantage, pulling ahead, 16-13, two minutes later behind a 6-0 run as the Bruins struggled to emerge from a nearly five minute scoring drought.  For nearly five minutes BU could not find the bottom of the net. 

Finally, Carroll answered with a jumper in the lane, cutting the Islander lead to one, 16-15. Belmont was able to regain the lead on a three pointer by Luffman but Texas A&M Corpus Christi turned on the afterburners to close the half.  The Islanders drained back-to-back threes to kick off an 8-0 run.  Sophomore Blair Bryce (Red Oak, Texas) briefly halted the run with a layup but free throws and a jumper helped them take a 28-22 lead into the locker room.

Neither team was able to find the bottom of the net for the first two and half minutes of the second stanza before the Islanders' Jasmine Shaw knocked down a pair of three pointers, giving TAMUCC its first double digit lead of the contest, 27-38, by the 16:11 mark.  It would be nearly four minutes before Belmont cut the lead to single digits again, this time thanks to a layup and a jumper in the paint by freshman Lauren Thompson (Franklin, Tenn.), 43-35.  However, that would be as close as the Bruins would come until near the end of the matchup. 

TAMUCC continued to expand its lead using numerous shots behind the arc, blowing its lead up to as many as 16, 51-35, behind an 8-0 run.  Belmont remained icy from the floor for upwards of four minutes until Joubran knocked down her lone trey of the game and Carroll converted a three-point play, trimming the deficit to nine, 54-45, with 6:48 left on the clock.  BU stayed within nine for three minutes before the Islanders exploded again, this time behind a 6-0 run, to go up 62-47, nearly five minutes later.

The Bruins tried to play catch up in the final two minutes of regulation with shots from behind the arc by sophomore Natalie Cohlmeyer (Evansville, Ind.), Luffman and freshman Meredith Roman (Nashville, Tenn.), closing the gap to 11, 72-61.  BU hit one final free-throw with three ticks on the clock as Texas A&M Corpus Christi took the game 72-62.

TAMUCC shot 44 percent from the floor, 47.8 percent from three-point range and 73.9 percent from the free-throw line.  The Islanders held the advantage in rebounds, 41-28, and steals, 6-2.

Texas A&M Corpus Christi saw three players reach double figures – Jasmine Shaw with 17, followed by Brittany Mbamalu with 14 and Alissa Campanero with 12 points.  Ashely Darley grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

Belmont shot 37.1 percent from the hardwood, 38.9 percent from behind the three-point arc and 75 percent from the charity stripe.  The teams were even in assists with 13 apiece.

Luffman netted a game and new career-high 20 points in the effort.  Also reaching double figures was Joubran dropping in a career-high 11 points.  Tarrence finished with four assists.

Belmont returns to the road on Friday, November 22.  The Bruins travel to Purdue for a matchup beginning at 4:30 pm CT.  Live stats and a live Twitter feed (@BelmontWBB) will be available.  The game will also be able to be heard live via the internet on the Bruins Sports Network