IONA COLLEGE (3-1) AT TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (0-3)
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team will return home to host Iona College on Tuesday night at the American Bank Center. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m. The Islanders dropped their first two home games, falling to Big 12 foe Missouri 75-58 at the Dugan Wellness Center and Colorado of the Pac-12, 71-58, at the American Bank Center. The team dropped their first road game on Sunday at Arkansas State, 84-71.
Tuesday's game will mark the first time the two teams have met. The game is part of a Turkey Tuesday two-fer doubleheader. The men's team will face Utah State at approximately 7:30 after the women's game.
LAST TIME OUT
Despite a career-day from senior Myeisha Myles and a 37-31 halftime lead, the Islanders dropped their first road game of the season Sunday against Arkansas State, 84-71. Myles had a career-high 24 points on 10-for-12 shooting and pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds. Joining Myles in double-digit scoring was sophomore Marquesha Anderson-Sparks with a season-high 12 buckets and junior Jessica Jammer tallied 11 points and grabbed down seven rebounds in her first start of the season.
FIRST HALF PLAY
The Islanders took the halftime lead for the first time this season on Sunday against Arkansas State. The Islanders shot 50 percent from three-point land and tallied 20 points in the paint behind 41 percent shooting in the first half. Trish Amboree and Marquesha Anderson-Sparks added two apiece. At the half, Myles led all scorers with 10 points and seven rebounds. Trish Amboree added nine points.
SCOUTING THE GAELS
Iona is on a two-game winning streak and holds a 3-1 record, including a 2-1 record at home. The Gaels edged Stony Brook 52-48 on Friday at home and topped Bryant 55-63 on Tuesday in Smithfield, R.I. in their third game of the season. The Gaels opened the season in the Iona College Tip-Off Tournament with a win against North Carolina 85-69. Their only loss of the season came against Villanova in the Tip-Off Tournament, 76-47. On the season, Iona averages 62.5 points, shoots .427 from the floor (93-of-218), .281 percent (18-64) from three-point range and .687 (46-of-67) from the line. Individually the Gaels are led by Kristina Ford's 20.3 ppg average and 7.5 rebounds per game average.
In the Islanders' three games, five newcomers have contributed action. The newcomers have combined for 98 of the Islanders' 187 points. Sophomore Marquesha Anderson-Sparks leads the newcomers and is third on the team with a combined 27 points in 77 total minutes. Freshman Trish Amboree has added 25 points, while junior Verne'qua Taylor has chipped in 23 points. JC transfer Damequia Montgomery has been a force on the glass, adding 5.7 rebounds per game in 59 minutes of play. JC transfer Alisa Roberts has given the Islanders a spark off the bench, with 15 points and eight boards.
BUCKETS OF PAINT
The Islanders led Arkansas State in the paint 42-34 and outscored the Red Wolves 21-12 on second chance points.
This season the Islanders have depth on their roster, something they have lacked in the past. In the Islanders first game against Missouri, the bench outscored Missouri's bench 14-9. The Islanders' bench was led by Jammer's six points, Roberts' five points and Huff's three free throws. Against Colorado, the bench added 26 points, led by Jammer's 22 points. Against Arkansas State, the Islanders outscored the Red Wolves' bench 12-7. The work of the bench will continue to help propel the Islanders' offense.
SHARING THE LOVE
The Islanders had a season-high 12 assists against Arkansas State, including eight in the first half. Point guard Verne'qua Taylor and junior Alisa Roberts led the team with three assists each and sophomore Brandi Huff and junior Jessica Jammer each added two.
The Islanders were picked to finish last in the Southland West division after finishing last in the conference last season.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi has a tough schedule this season, including their first few contests. The Islanders faced Missouri and Colorado at home and traveled to Jonesboro, Ark. for their first road game. They will participate in the Houston Baptist and Rice Tournaments next. The Islanders will then face Big Ten foe Indiana after Christmas. The Islanders host 12 games, including four which will be played at the Dugan Wellness Center.
The Islanders will travel to Houston to compete in the Houston Baptist Tournament on Friday, Nov. 25 against Texas Southern at 5 p.m. CT and Saturday, Nov. 26 against Houston Baptist at 5:30 p.m. CT.