December 4, 2009

ISLANDER WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ADDS TWO SIGNEES TO RECRUITING CLASS

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team added a pair of new faces in the past week with two new recruits during the fall signing period. Zoelis "Zoey" Vega-Vega and Taryn Gregory are the newest Islanders added to the signing class.

Vega-Vega, a 5-10 forward from Daytona State College will add to the inside presence of the Islanders. She is originally from Humacao, Puerto Rico and was a member of the 2008 Puerto Rico Junior National Team.

"Zoey brings in a ton of experience as an international player as well as junior college," said head coach Robert Robinson. "She can really shoot the ball.

"With Deziree graduating, she will step in at the three spot and has good size and is a strong rebounder."

She attended high school at LaSalle High School in Miami, Fla. before moving on to Daytona. Zoey averaged 10.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game during her senior year of high school and was named First Team All-Dade County. At Daytona, Vega-Vega averaged 7.3 points, 1.4 assists, 1.8 steals and 5.5 rebounds per game in her first season. She was named the Most Improved Player and helped her team to a 20-9 record last season.

"She is just a smart player out on the court; she can shoot the open three and does a lot of good things offensively.

Taryn Gregory comes to the Island from Channelview High School where she has been a member of the Falcons team the past four seasons under head coach Kim Lockett. Gregory is a 5-6 guard and was named the Team MVP in her sophomore and junior seasons as well as first team all-district both years.

"Taryn is an athletic combo guard," said Robinson. "She is more of a two than a point guard but can create off the dribble and get to the basket."

She is currently averaging 19.2 points, 6.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game in her senior season. Her junior year saw her average 17.2 points, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Gregory led her team to the regional quarterfinals and finished with a record of 28-6 last season.

"She is fast, a great defender and is very athletic," said Robinson. "She brings a lot of athleticism to the program which is good for us.

"She fits our style and philosophy on the offensive and defensive ends."

Taryn also participated in cross country earlier this fall to letter in the sport. She is a member of the Houston Insiders AAU team and was a finalist in the 2008 Houston Rockets Clutch City Shootout, a three-point contest for high school.

"I'm extremely excited about our signees so far," said Robinson. "These two players in along with Brandi Huff will be great additions to our program."