The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team will be in uncharted territory on Thursday night when they take on the Memphis Tigers in the semifinals of the Women's Basketball Invitational. Tip-off is set for 7 PM at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse on the University of Memphis campus.
The Islanders come into the contest with a record of 24-10 on the season after setting a new school record for wins with their 59-58 victory over Washington at the Dugan Wellness Center. The Tigers are 19-13 on the season after defeating Wichita State by a 74-58 final last Sunday.
The meeting between the two teams will be the first in program history. The Islanders are 8-14 all-time against teams in Conference USA. Common opponents this season include Jackson State, Houston and Northwestern State. Both teams beat Jackson State and Northwestern State while the Tigers lost 68-62 to Houston and the Islanders defeated the Cougars by an 81-76 final. It will also be the first time the Islanders have played past the second round of any postseason tournament.
Jade Davis leads the team in scoring at 15.2 points per game after becoming the only player in Islander history to score 500 points in a season. She sits at 517 after scoring 17 against Washington last game and 30 the game before that against Cal State Bakersfield.
Adrienne Scott is the only other Islander to score in double digits at 10.2 per game. Elisa Beagle is averaging 8.6 rebounds a game while scoring 9.1 per contest.
Brittany Carter scores at 19.1 points per game to lead the Tigers. She is the only Memphis player scoring in double digits while Nicole Dickson scores 9.4 and Alex Winchell scores 9.3 a game.
On the glass, the Islanders are 10th in the nation in rebounding margin at +8.4 per game. They average 46.0 rebounds a contest while Memphis pulls in 40.4 per game. The Islanders get to the free throw line better than anyone in the country, leading the nation with 911 free throw attempts this season and shoot 69.6 percent as a team.
The winner of this game will move on to play the winner of the Appalachian State and College of Charleston game in the other semifinal of the WBI.
Yannis Koutroupis will call the action for the Islanders as they look to advance to the Inaugural WBI Championship game. The game will be available on either KCCT 1150 AM or ESPN 1230 KSIX AM depending on the outcome of another event. If the Corpus Christi Ice Rays win their playoff game tonight, the Islanders game will be broadcast on KCCT. If they lose, the TAMUCC game will be available on KSIX. Live stats will be available by visiting www.gotigersgo.com.