Islanders Set to Compete in Houston Baptist Tournament
HOUSTON BAPTIST TOURNAMENT
GAME 1: TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (1-3) VS. TEXAS SOUTHERN (0-2)
Friday, Nov. 25 • 5 p.m. CT | Sharp Gym (1,000) • Houston, Texas
GAME 2: HOUSTON BAPTIST (0-4) VS. TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (1-3)
Saturday, Nov. 26 • 5:30 p.m. CT | Sharp Gym (1,000) • Houston, Texas
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team will travel to Houston this weekend to compete in the Houston Baptist Tournament. First up for the Islanders is the Texas Southern University Tigers on Friday, Nov. 25, at 5 p.m. The Islanders will then face the Houston Baptist University Huskies on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 5:30 p.m.
The Islanders will be the home team in Friday's contest and will serve as the away team against Houston Baptist. It will be the fifth time Texas A&M - Corpus Christi will face the Tigers and the first meeting between the Islanders and Huskies.
LAST TIME OUT
The Islanders were powered by three players in double digits propelling their way to a 77-68 victory over Iona College Tuesday to clinch their first win of the season. The win snapped a 19-game losing streak dating back to last season.
Juniors Damequia Montgomery and Jessica Jammer paced the Islanders in double figures. Montgomery had her first double-double of the season with a season-high 19 points and 15 rebounds in 27 minutes of play. Jammer posted her first double-double of the year with 17 points and tied a career-best on the glass with 10 boards. Senior Myeisha Myles tallied her third double-digit scoring game with 10 points and pulled down eight boards in 24 minutes.
SECOND HALF COMEBACK
The Islanders went on an 11-0 run in the second half against Iona that started with freshman Trish Amboree's jumper from Taylor. Jammer, Taylor and sophomore Brandi Huff each added layups during the run and a three-pointer from Amboree gave the Islanders the 51-48 lead with 10:57 to play.
With the game tied at 65, Montgomery and Myles led the offense with 2:47 to play. A Montgomery put-back off a Jammer miss gave the Islanders the lead for good. Myles delivered three jumpers and junior Alisa Roberts knocked in four free throws during a 10-0 run.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
The Tigers head into the weekend with an 0-2 record. Both of Texas Southern's losses have come at home against Norfolk State and Air Force Academy. The Tigers dropped a 80-58 loss to Norfolk State in their season opener and then fell to Air Force Academy 64-54 in their second game of the season.
On the season, Texas Southern averages 56.0 points, shoots .298 from the floor (36-of-121), .200 percent (8-of-40) from three-point range and .681 (32-of-47) from the line.
Individually, the Tigers are led by Gianne Fleming with 10.5 points per game and Kayla West is averaging 9.5 points per game. Crystal Anyiam leads the team with 6.0 rebounds per game.
The last time the Islanders faced Texas Southern was during the 2009-10 season. The Islanders won 71-62 in Houston.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
Houston Baptist will take on the University of Vermont on Friday before facing the Islanders on Saturday. The Huskies enter Friday's game with a 0-4 record, with all four of their losses coming on the road. HBU dropped their season opener to Iowa State 73-33 and dropped their next three to UMKC, Rice and UTEP.
On the season, HBU averages 43.2 points, shoots .283 from the floor (60-212), .204 percent (11-of-54) and .646 (42-of-65) from the line.
Individually, the Huskies are led by Shanic Steenholdt with 14.5 points per game and 8.0 rebounds per game. Devyn Weymouth is second on the team with an average of 7.8 points per game.
In the Islanders' four games, five newcomers have contributed action. The newcomers have combined for 142 of the Islanders' 264 points. Freshman Trish Amboree leads the team with 8.0 points per game. Point guard Verne'qua Taylor is right behind her with 7.5 points per game and 12 assists. Marquesha Anderson-Sparks is averaging 7.3 points per game and Damequia Montgomery has been a force on the glass, with a team-high 8.0 rebounds per game and is averaging 6.8 points per game. Alisa Roberts has given the Islanders a spark off the bench, with 6.0 points per game.
Tuesday's game featured 11 ties and eight lead changes, the Islanders' shot 36.9 percent from the field (24-65) and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe (26-39). The Islanders' bench scored 17 points to Iona's 15 and outscored the Gaels in the paint 38-28. The Islanders also led the Gaels at the glass 62-41.
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. On Tuesday, the Islanders edged Iona's bench 17-15.The work of the bench will continue to help propel the Islanders' offense.
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. After the Houston Baptist tournament the Islanders will compete in the Rice Tournament. 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 return home to face Texas - Pan American at the American Bank Center at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29.