TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (4-7) AT SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY (5-4)
Sunday, Dec. 18 • 5 p.m. CT
Moody Coliseum (8,998) • Dallas Texas, Texas
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team will head on the road for three games starting on Sunday, Dec. 18, at Dallas. The Islanders will take on Southern Methodist University from Conference USA in Dallas before facing Big 10 foe Indiana in Bloomington, on Dec. 27. The Islanders will then begin Southland Conference action on Jan. 7 at McNeese State. Up first are the Mustangs who head into Sunday's game with a record of 5-4 and sit at 4-1 at home.
The Islanders are coming off their second home win of the season Friday night at the Dugan Wellness Center. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi edged out a 64-61 win over Jackson State behind a balanced scoring attack. from 10 players. Jammer paced the Islanders with a team-high 12 points and pulled down five rebounds and junior Damequia Montgomery registered eight points and led the glass with 12 rebounds.
SMU continues their six-game homestand on Sunday after being off 13 days. The Mustangs snapped a three-game losing streak with a win at home against Southland foe Northwestern State on Monday, Dec. 5.
This will be the fifth meeting between the two schools with the Mustangs holding a 1-3 record.
LAST TIME OUT
Jessica Jammer's three-pointer with 32 seconds left and Alisa Roberts free throw in the final seconds sealed the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball win over Jackson State University Friday night at the Dugan Wellness Center. The Tigers cut the deficit to one in the final seconds, but the Islanders held on to the lead to squeeze out their second home win of the season.
After a nine-day break the Islanders had a balanced attack with 10 players in the scoring column. Jammer scored a team-high 12 points and pulled down five rebounds in 30 minutes of play. Junior Damequia Montgomery registered eight points and led the glass with 12 rebounds. Senior Myeisha Myles added eight points and seven rebounds while junior Verne'qua Taylor dished out a season-high nine assists. Three different Islanders tallied two blocks to go with seven team blocks.
The Islanders shot 39.3 percent from the field (24-61), 30.8 percent from behind the arc (4-13) and 50.0 percent from the charity stripe (12-24). Texas A&M - Corpus Christi outrebounded Jackson State 51-42 and capitalized on 11 second chance points while scoring 28 of their 64 points in the paint.
SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS
SMU heads into Sunday's game after a 13-game break with a 5-4 overall record and sits at 4-1 at home. The Mustangs snapped a three game losing streak, by topping Southland foe Northwestern State 67-41 at home.
The Mustangs return home for their second home game in a six-game homestand.
On the season, SMU averages 60.2 points, shoots .390 from the floor (189-of-485), .247 percent (23-of-93) from three-point range and .688 (141-of-205) from the line.
Individually, the Mustangs are led by Akil Simpson with 9.3 points. Christine Elliott is second on the team in points with 9.2 points per game and leads the team with 7.9 rebounds per game.
Sunday's game will mark the fifth time the Islanders and Mustangs have met up with SMU holding the 1-3 advantage.
The last time the Islanders faced SMU was in Dallas, Texas on Dec. 2, 2008. The Islanders lost 73-65. Current Islander Myeisha Myles tallied a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 17 rebounds in 32 minutes of play. She also went 2-for-4 from behind the charity stripe.
This season the Islanders have depth on their roster, something they have lacked in the past. This season, the Islanders bench has outscored their opponents' bench 254-210. Freshman Trish Amboree leads the bench with 7.5 points per game and sophomore Marquesha Anderson-Sparks is second with 7.1 points per game.
The Islanders are outrebounding their opponent 508-485 with an average of 46.2 rebounds per game, Myeisha Myles is leading the team on the glass with 7.6 rebounds per game. Jessica Jammer is second with 7.1 rebounds per game. The Islanders outrebounded Jackson State 51-42 including 37 on the defensive end.
On Friday, the Islanders had a balanced attack with 10 players registering points in the scoring column. Jammer paced the Islanders, followed by Montgomery, Myles, Amboree each adding eight. Roberts, Taylor, Anderson-Sparks, Huff, Vega-Vega and Gregory all added points.
Head coach Robert Robinson is within two games of reaching the 70-win mark. Robinson currently sits at 68 wins in his six years as head coach at the Island University.
JAMMIN' FOR THE CLUTCH
Jessica Jammer has played a pivotal role for the Islanders this season. On Friday against Jackson State, Jammer registered her seventh double-digit scoring game with 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting. The junior hit a clutch three-pointer with 32 seconds left to seal the Islanders victory. Jammer hit a season-high two three-pointers and posted two blocks and two assists in 30 minutes of play.
Jammer is averaging a team-high 10.6 points and is second on the team with 7.1 rebounds per game and is third on the team with an average of 25.5 minutes per game. She is second on the team with 19 assists.
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.
GOING THE MYLE
Senior Myeisha Myles is back to her old ways. Myles posted a balanced attack for the Islanders Friday night against Jackson State. Myles registered eight points and seven rebounds while adding two blocks in 32 minutes of play. Prior to Friday's game, Myles tallied her fifth double-digit scoring game against UTPA 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 9.9 points per game and leads the team in rebounds with 7.6 rebounds per game. Myles is second on the team with an average of 27.2 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.
TALE OF NENE
Verne'qua "Nene" Taylor leads the team at the point guard position and has no problem sharing the ball. Through 11 games, the junior has dished out 41 assists in a team-high 30.5 minutes per game.
Against Jackson State, Taylor pulled down six rebounds and dished out a season-high nine assists while adding seven points in 26 minutes. Taylor also knocked in 5-of-7 from behind the charity stripe.
Taylor is averaging 6.1 points per game, 4.5 rebounds and is second on the team in steals with 15.
The Islanders were picked to finish last in the Southland West division after finishing last in the conference last season.
The Islanders will take a nine-day break for the holidays before returning to action, Tuesday, Dec. 27 to face Big Ten foe Indiana in Bloomington, Ind. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. EST (6 p.m. CST)