December 12, 2009

ISLANDERS HOST FIRST GAME AT DUGAN WELLNESS CENTER

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team will look to get back on the winning track this Sunday as they play host to the Incarnate Word Cardinals at the Dugan Wellness Center. The tip-off is set for 2 PM as the Islanders play their first-ever game in the building.

"I think it should be a loud environment, a college basketball type atmosphere," said head coach Robert Robinson. "I'm anxious to see how our kids respond to that, they should be excited, focused and ready to go and hopefully they play well."

TAMUCC is coming off two losses at the Air Force Classic. The Islanders dropped the first game by a 56-46 score to Drake on Dec. 4 and lost a 72-58 decision on Dec. 5 to Chicago State. They are now 4-3 on the season after starting their first five games with a 4-1 record.

"We are trying to play better but that is up to the kids," said Robinson. "If they want to do it, they'll do it, I can't make them play harder."

"We will find out where they are at on Sunday."

Jade Davis leads the team in scoring with 11.7 points per game average on the year. Adrienne Scott is right on her heels, scoring at an 11.6 per game clip while adding 7.1 rebounds per game. Deziree Green leads the team with an 8.0 rebounding average and is fifth in the conference in rebounding average.

Incarnate Word also comes into the game with a 4-3 record, losing its last game in overtime to Harding University by a 66-60 score. Nia Turro leads the team in scoring with a 14.6 ppg average while Jasmine Smith pulls down a team-leading 7.4 rebounding average.

The game will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and NavyArmy Federal Credit Union will be collecting donations for the Toys For Tots program at the game. Fans will receive admission into the game for just $3 when bringing donations for the program. The SAAC is holding the drive as part of the Southland Conference's 12 Days of Christmas initiative.