JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY (1-4) AT TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (3-7)
CORPUS CHRISTI – After a nine-day break, the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team returns to action on Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. against Jackson State University, at the Dugan Wellness Center. The Islanders will play at the onsite facility for the second time this season. This will be the second meeting between the two schools, with the Islanders holding a 1-0 advantage. The matchup will mark the second school from the SWAC Conference the Islanders have played this season.
The Islanders are coming off their second road loss of the season and second loss against Texas-Pan American. On Wednesday, UTPA notched a 69-52 win against the Islanders. Myeisha Myles tallied her fifth double-digit scoring game with 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Jackson State hits the road for their fourth road game of the season after clinching their first game of the season at home against Tennessee State on Saturday, Dec. 10. The Tigers have dropped road games to Southland foe Southeastern Louisiana, Tougaloo College, Air Force and Idaho State.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi will return to the Dugan Wellness Center for the first time since their season opener against Missouri. The Islanders are 0-1 at the facility and will host two more games there this season.
LAST TIME OUT
The Islanders dropped their second road game of the season, 69-52, to Texas-Pan American Wednesday. Senior Myeisha Myles tallied her fifth double-digit scoring game with 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds. The Islanders took the opening lead but UTPA's Keandra Goodson's layup in the paint at the 5:58 mark in the first half put the Broncs up for good 24-22.
Adding to the scoring for the Islanders was freshman Trish Amboree, who chipped in eight points off the bench and sophomore Zoe Vega-Vega added eight. Junior Jessica Jammer tied Myles on the glass with seven boards.
The Islanders' bench outscored the Broncs 26-19. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi shot 33.3 percent from the field (16-48) to the Broncs 40.3 percent (27-67) and outscored UTPA from behind the arc.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Jackson State heads into the weekend with a 1-4 overall record and sits at 0-3 on the road. On Saturday, Dec. 10, the Tigers garnered their first win, 67-43, over Tennessee State at home.
On the season, Jackson State averages 53.0 points, shoots .332 from the floor (98-of-295), .197 percent (13-of-66) from three-point range and .609 (56-of-92) from the line.
Individually, the Tigers are led by Tiffany Kellum with 7.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Dominique Brothern is second on the team in points with 7.2 points per game and Rachel Jones is averaging 7.0 points per game.
Friday's game will mark the second time the Islanders and Tigers have met up. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi holds the 1-0 advantage over Jackson State.
The last time the Islanders faced Jackson State was in Hattiesburg, Miss. on Nov. 28, 2009. The Islanders won 57-44 and finished the 2009-10 year with a 24-11 record.
Current Islanders, Jessica Jammer and Myeisha Myles both scored against the Tigers. Jammer tallied two points and one assist in seven minutes of play and Myles registered three points, three rebounds in 17 minutes.
This season the Islanders have depth on their roster, something they have lacked in the past. The Islanders bench outscored UTPA's bench 26-19 on Wednesday. This season, the Islanders bench has outscored their opponents' bench 231-176. Freshman Trish Amboree leads the bench with 7.5 points per game and sophomore Marquesha Anderson-Sparks is second with 7.3 points per game.
The Islanders are outrebounding their opponent 457-443 with an average of 45.7 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 29.4 defensive rebounds a game and third place in the conference with an average of 16.3 offensive rebounds a game. Myeisha Myles is leading the team on the glass with 7.7 rebounds per game. Jessica Jammer is second with 7.3 rebounds per game.
GOING THE MYLE
Senior Myeisha Myles is back to her old ways. Against UTPA the senior tallied her fifth double-digit scoring game with 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 27 minutes of play.
This season, Myles has registered two double-doubles and is second on the team with 10.1 points per game and leads the team in rebounds with 7.7 rebounds per game. Myles is second on the team with an average of 26.7 minutes per game.
As a junior, Myles played in 34 of the 35 games and led the team in scoring three times during the season.
Alisa Roberts brings a Philly toughness to the Islanders. In her third career start, the junior scored seven points in the first five minutes Wednesday against UTPA. She also added three steals and two assists in 14 minutes.
Roberts is averaging 7.5 points and a team high 21 steals in 18.6 minutes per game. She is third in assists with 12.
The Islanders were picked to finish last in the Southland West division after finishing last in the conference last season.
Following Friday's game, the Islanders will travel to Dallas, Texas to take on Southern Methodist University on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m.