University of Texas-Pan American Broncs women TMs basketball head coach Denny Downing is now in second place on the all-time program wins list following a 58-56 victory over the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islanders on Tuesday at the American Bank Center.
The win breaks a four-game losing streak for the Broncs (2-5).
Downing improves to 27-41 (397) all-time, breaking a tie with John McDowell (1983-86) for second most in program history. McDowell had an overall record of 26-42 (.382). Downing needs 44 more wins to pass DeAnn Craft (2003-09) for first place. Craft had an overall record of 70-102 (.407).
The game was tight throughout the second half.
The Islanders (2-5) tied the game at 41-41 on an Alisa Roberts jumper mid-way through the half, but Donna Jackson hit one of two free throws to give the Broncs the lead back. The Islanders pulled ahead on a lay-up by Myeisha Myles, but LaQuita Garner responded with a lay-up to put the Broncs back on top. The Broncs led 51-45 after a Bianca Torre free throw at the 5:48 mark, but the Islanders went on an 8-0 run to take a 53-51 lead on a Verne TMQua Taylor three-pointer. Franchesca Simon ended the run by making a lay-up with 3:19 remaining to tie the game at 53-53.
Erin Lewis made a lay-up with 59 seconds left and Adanna Opara hit a free throw with 22 seconds left to give the Broncs the lead. Myles converted a three-point play with eight seconds left to tie the game, but Torre fed Opara for a lay-up with two seconds left to give the Broncs the win.
Opara was one of four Broncs in double-figures scoring with a game-high 15 points to go with nine rebounds. Torre scored 13 points with four rebounds, four assists and five steals, Jackson recorded her first double-double of the season with 11 points and a season-high 12 rebounds while Garner scored 10 points with five assists and three steals.
Roberts led the Islanders with 12 points off the bench while Taylor scored 10 points with six assists and Myles scored nine points with seven rebounds and three blocks.
The Broncs kept the Islanders off the scoreboard for nearly six minutes to start the game, when Damequia Montgomery made a jumper to tie the game at 2-2 with 14:21 remaining. Opara gave the Broncs the lead back 49 seconds later with a lay-up, but the Islanders scored the next 12 points to go up 14-4 with 9:02 to go. The Broncs responded with a 7-0 run, capped by a Cassandra Moody jumper with 6:33 left to pull within 14-11.
The Broncs trailed 30-24 early in the second half, but Simon hit a three-pointer, Opara sunk a lay-up, Torre made a pair of lay-ups and Jackson made two free throws as the Broncs took a 35-30 lead with 14:25 remaining.
The Broncs are back in action on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. when they visit Sam Houston State University.