Meg Bulger and Olayinka Sanni both put up 22-point efforts, but it wasn't enough as the West Virginia Mountaineers fell in an overtime thriller to the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders 70-69.

The Mountaineers came out of the gates quickly as they grabbed a 9-4 lead off six points by Sanni, but at the 14:17 mark of the first half Sanni had to go to the bench after picking up two quick fouls.

The Islanders crawled their way back into the game led by guard Nicole Duncan, who had 13 of her 16 points in the first half.

The defensive-minded half ended with a bang as Meg Bulger hit a three-pointer with two seconds remaining to give WVU a 27-23 half time lead.

After an Sanni layup gave the Mountaineers a 30-25 lead early in the second half, Kirbria Lewis scored eight of the Islanders' next ten points to give her team the lead at 36-32.

The Mountaineers trailed 51-49 when Olayinka Sanni scored six out of the next ten points for the Mountaineers, putting them ahead 59-56 with just over a minute to go. After a missed shot from the Islanders, Sanni had a chance to seal the win, but missed a wide open layup with 17 seconds remaining.

The Islanders took advantage of the opportunity as Terra Andrews banked in a three pointer with two seconds remaining to send the game into overtime tied at 59.

After Meg Bulger converted on two free throws to give the Mountaineers a 69-68 lead, the Islanders came down the court and found Lindsay Van Dorn wide open under the basket. Van Dorn converted a layup to give the Islanders their second cosnecutive win over WVU.

Van Dorn and Duncan both led the way for the Islanders with 16 points. Chakhia Cole had 13 rebounds for WVU, but the Mountaineers were out rebounded 42-34.

This loss marked the first time coach Carey has ever lost in the Coliseum to a non-conference opponent.

WVU will next play on Tuesday, January 3rd when the travel to Seton Hall to battle the Pirates. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 1:00 pm.

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