TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (3-6) AT TEXAS – PAN AMERICAN (2-7)
Wednesday, Dec. 7 • 7 p.m. CT
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team will remain on the road Wednesday, Dec. 7, when they travel to Edinburg, Texas to take on Texas-Pan American. This will be the second meeting between the two schools this season, with the Broncs holding a 1-0 advantage. The Islanders and Broncs squared off just eight days ago at the American Bank Center with the Broncs notching the 58-56 heartbreaker. The Islanders are 19-6 all-time against the Broncs.
The Islanders are coming off a split at the Gene Hackerman Rice Invitational in Houston on Friday and Saturday. In the opening game, the Islanders edged host Rice, 64-61, in the final minutes. Jessica Jammer's go ahead jumper with 2:21 to play and Alisa Robert's two free throws in the winding seconds sealed the Islanders victory. On Saturday, the Islanders fell to North Texas in the championship game, 72-58.
UTPA returns home for their next three games after being on the road for six straight games. The Broncs are coming off two losses since facing the Islanders last. On Thursday, the Broncs dropped a 64-56 decision to Sam Houston St. and on Sunday the team lost to Nebraska, 65-27.
LAST TIME OUT
The Islanders competed in the Gene Hackerman Rice Invitational in Houston on Friday and Saturday. Against Rice, the Islanders were powered by three juniors in double digits. Alisa Roberts posted a season high 14 points and tied a season high four steals in her first start of the season. Verne'qua Taylor tallied 11 points and pulled down a season high nine rebounds and dished out four assists in 35 minutes. Jessica Jammer recorded her sixth double digit scoring effort with 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Jammer grabbed six rebounds and tallied four assists, two blocks and two steals in 29 minutes of play.
The Islanders shot 42.4 percent from the field (25-59), 16.7 percent from behind the arc (2-12) and 50.0 percent from the charity stripe (12-24). The Islanders edged the Owls on the glass by two rebounds and scored 38 points in the paint to the Owls 22 with 12 of those being fast break points.
On Saturday, the Islanders faced North Texas, who topped Oregon State in the first game. The Islanders dropped a 72-58 decision to the Mean Green.
Amboree led all scorers with a season-high 16 points, including 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. Anderson-Sparks hit a season-high four three-pointers to register a season-high 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting.
The Islanders shot 32.7 percent from the field (18-55), 45.0 percent from behind the arc (9-20) and 56.5 percent from the charity stripe (13-23). The Islanders' bench outscored the Mean Green 40-26.
SCOUTING THE BRONCS
UTPA heads into the weekend with a 2-7 overall record and sits at 1-1 at home. On Thursday, Dec. 1, the Broncs fell to Sam Houston State 64-56 and Nebraska 65-27 on Sunday, Dec. 4, on the road.
The Broncs' two wins were against the Islanders and Paul Quinn College.
On the season, UTPA averages 51.7 points, shoots .332 from the floor (173-of-521), .239 percent (26-of-109) from three-point range and .628 (93-of-148) from the line.
Individually, the Broncs are led by LaQuita Garner with 11.8 points per game. Donna Jackson is second on the team in points with 9.1 points per game and leads the team with 6.8 rebounds per game.
Wednesday's game will mark the 26th time the Islanders and Broncs have met. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi holds the 19-6 advantage over the Broncs.
The last time the Islanders faced UTPA was eight days ago at the American Bank Center. The Islanders dropped a heartbreaker in the final 3.3 seconds. Senior Myeisha Myles' layup and free throw with eight seconds evened the score at 56-56. With time winding down, UTPA's Bianca Torre dished it to Adanna Opara for the winning bucket in the paint to end the game and Marquesha Anderson-Sparks jumper hit the backboard as time expired.
Junior Alisa Roberts led the Islanders with a season-high 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting and junior Verne'qua Taylor added 10 points and tied a season-high six assists. Junior Jessica Jammer paced the Islanders on the glass with eight boards. Senior Myeisha Myles added three blocks and Roberts led the team with four steals.
BUCKETS OF PAINT
The Islanders outscored Rice 38 to 22 in the paint in the first game of the Gene Hackerman Rice Invitational.
The last time the Islanders faced UTPA, the Islanders outscored UTPA's bench 28-4. In the Gene Hackerman Rice Invitational, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi outscored North Texas' bench 40-26. Trish Amboree led the bench with 16 points and Marquesha Anderson-Sparks added 15.
The Islanders are outrebounding their opponents 423-403 with an average of 47.0 rebounds per game, which is good for first-place in the Southland Conference in rebounding offense. The Islanders also sit in first place in the conference with 29.8 defensive rebounds a game and second place in the conference with an average of 17.2 offensive rebounds a game. Myeisha Myles is leading the team on the glass with 7.8 rebounds per game. Jessica Jammer ranks second with 7.3 rebounds per game.
Head coach Robert Robinson is within three games of reaching the 70-win mark. Robinson currently sits at 67 wins in his six years as head coach at the Island University.
Jessica Jammer has played a pivotal role for the Islanders this season. The junior sits in first place in the conference with a free throw percentage of .852. During the Gene Hackerman Rice Invitational, Jammer recorded her sixth double digit scoring effort against Rice with 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including the winning go-ahead jumper with just over two minutes left to play. Jammer grabbed six rebounds and tallied four assists, two blocks and two steals in 29 minutes of play.
In the championship game, Jammer tallied six points, five rebounds, one assists and two blocks in 19 minutes of play. Jammer earned a spot on the Gene Hackerman Rice Invitational All-Tournament Team.
Jammer is averaging a team high 11.2 points and is second on the team with 7.3 rebounds per game and is third on the team with an average of 25.1 minutes per game.
Last season, Jammer averaged 8.1 points and collected 117 rebounds while starting 23 out of the 29 games. She also led the team in blocks with 28.
The Islanders were picked to finish last in the Southland West division after finishing last in the conference last season.
The Islanders will 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 take a nine day break from action before returning home to play host to Jackson State at the Dugan Wellness Center on Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.