January 18, 2012

Women's Basketball Set to Take on UT Arlington on the Road

TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (5-11, 1-2 SOUTHLAND) AT UT ARLINGTON (2-12, 0-3)

Wednesday, Jan. 17 • 7 p.m. CST 
Texas Hall (3,600) • Arlington, Texas
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Game Notes

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team is looking to get their first conference road win of the season Wednesday at UT Arlington. The Islanders snapped a string of 18 conference losses dating back to last season with their first Southland Conference win of the season against Southeastern Louisiana University on Saturday.

Seniors Zoe Vega-Vega and Myeisha Myles and sophomore Marquesha Anderson-Sparks led the Islanders in double-figure scoring against the Lady Lions in helping the Islanders secure the victory.
 

The Islanders sit at 5-11 and 1-2 in the SLC and are looking to win their first conference road game since the Islanders won in Arlington on March 6, 2010. This season the Islanders stumbled in their conference home opener Jan. 11 against UTA, falling 58-38 and lost to McNeese State on the road, 66-51 to open conference play before edging the Lady Lions.

The Islanders are 5-10 all-time against UTA and have dropped the last two meetings. The Mavericks come into the contest with a 2-13 record and are looking for their first conference win. UTA has been selected to finish fourth in the Southland Conference West Division after finishing with a record of 8-20 last season and 5-11 (4th, SLC)

 

QUICK HITS  

     • The Islanders snapped a string of 18 Southland Conference losses Saturday night with their first conference win of the season against Southeastern Louisiana. The last time the Islanders won a home conference game was on March 3, 2010 against Lamar.

     • Zoe Vega-Vega registered a career-high 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in career-best 34 minutes in her third start of the season Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana.

     • Marquesha Anderson-Sparks tallied her sixth double-digit scoring game with a career-high 16 points, including a career-best five from behind the arc against Southeastern Louisiana.

     • The Islanders shot 74.1 percent (20-27) from the free through line against Southeastern Louisiana.

     • Head Coach Robert Robinson is within one game of reaching the 70-win mark. Robinson currently sits at 69 wins in his six years as head coach at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi.

     • Coach Robinson has used five different starting lineups this season.        

     • The Islanders will face UT Arlington and Sam Houston State this week.

LAST TIME OUT

The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team were propelled by three players in double-figure scoring in their first conference win of the season Saturday against Southeastern La.

Senior Myeisha Myles powered the Islanders with her eighth double-figure scoring game with 18 points, including a perfect 4-of-4 from behind the line. Sophomore Marquesha Anderson-Sparks tallied her sixth double-digit scoring game with a career-high 16 points, including a career-best five from behind the arc. Senior Zoe Vega-Vega led both teams on the boards with a career-high 15 boards and a career-best 15 points. 
 

SCOUTING THE MAVERICKS

UTA heads into Wednesday's game with a 2-12 overall record, 0-3 in conference play and sits at 2-5 at home. The Mavericks have dropped four straight, including their last three conference games.

UTA opened their first two conference games on the road, falling to Sam Houston State and Nicholls State and on Saturday the Mavericks stumbled against Lamar at home.This season, the UTA has victories over McMurry and Houston Baptist, with both victories coming at home.
 

On the season, UTA averages 53.7 points, shoots .362 from the floor (278-of-769), .224 percent (30-of-134) from three-point range and .706 (166-of-235) from the line.

Individually, the Mavericks are led by Chauntandra Williams with 8.4 points per game. Bianca Sauls and Posalyn Thorpe are second in scoring with 7.6 points per game. Sauls leads the Mavericks with 6.1 rebounds per game.
 

ALL-TIME SERIES

Wednesday's game will mark the 16th meeting between the two schools with the Mavericks claiming the 5-10 advantage. Over the last two seasons, the Mavericks and Islanders are 2-2. 

The last time the two teams met up was in Arlington on Jan. 19, 2011. The Mavericks sealed a 77-73 victory. UTA also notched a 66-63 victory on Jan. 19, 2011 in Corpus Christi.
 

BENCH WORK

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 329-312. Junior Alisa Roberts leads the bench with 6.4 points per game and freshman Trish Amboree is second with 6.1 points per game.

 

REBOUNDING MACHINE

The Islanders are leading the conference with 29.1 defensive rebounds a game and are fourth in offensive rebounds with 15.8

Myeisha Myles is leading the team on the glass with 7.4 rebounds per game, which is good for 10th place in the conference. Jessica Jammer is second with 6.1 rebounds per game (16th, SLC). Myles had 4.4 defensive rebounds (11th, SLC) and 2.9 offensive rebounds (9th, SLC) while Damequia Montgomery is in 14th place in the conference with 2.5 offensive rebounds.
 

The Islanders have been a force on the defensive end, tallying 465 rebounds to their opponent's 454. Jammer and Myles have combined for a total of 135 defensive rebounds.

TRIPLE BLOCK

The Islanders sit in fifth-place in the conference with 3.6 blocks per game. Myeisha Myles, Jessica Jammer and Damequia Montgomery are three of the top shot blockers in the league. Myles and Jammer lead the way in ninth place with 1.0 a game, and Montgomery sits in 12th (0.8).

BALANCED ATTACK

This season the Islanders seem to perform better when at least three players have scored double-digit points rather than two. The Islanders are 4-3 when at least three players have scored and 0-5 when at least two have posted double-digit scoring efforts.

Vega-Vega, Myles and Anderson-Sparks led the Islanders in double figure scoring against Southeastern La. in the Islanders first conference victory. Prior to that, Vega-Vega tallied a double-figure scoring effort against McNeese State with 11 points and also registered her first double-digit rebounding game with 10 rebounds.    
 

Myles leads the Islanders with eight double figure scoring games, Jammer has seven and Anderson-Sparks has tallied six. Jammer, Myles and Vega-Vega also have two double-doubles apiece this season.

AT A GLANCE

The Islanders finished 2-4 in the month of December and 2-5 in November this season. Since its first season of basketball in 1999-2000 the Islanders are 50-42 in the month of January.

ONE AWAY FROM 70               

Head coach Robert Robinson is within one game of reaching the 70-win mark. Robinson currently sits at 69 wins in his six years as head coach at the Island University.

VEGA SQUARED

Joining Myeisha Myles as the lone seniors on the team is Zoe Vega-Vega. She is in her second season after transferring from Daytona State College.

In the Islanders conference opener against McNeese State, the senior stepped her game up, posting her first double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds in her first season start. The senior also tallied two assists, one steal and went 3-of-4 from the charity stripe in a season-high 27 minutes.
 

In the Islanders first conference victory of the season, Vega-Vega notched her second double-double of the season with a career-high 15 points and a career-best 15 rebounds in a career-high 34 minutes. The senior is averaging 4.4 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game in 16.1 minutes per game.

DYNAMIC SPARK

Sophomore Marquesha Anderson-Sparks began the season giving the Islanders a spark off the bench, but Anderson-Sparks has worked her way into the Islanders starting lineup in the Islanders last four games and is averaging 7.3 points per game.

Against Southeastern La. the sophomore tallied her sixth double-figure scoring game with 16 points, including a season-best five from behind the arc. She tallied eight points including a season-high 5-of-8 from the line at McNeese State and dished out a season-high three assists. Against Indiana, she scored her fifth double-digit scoring game with 11 points in her fourth start of the season and pulled down a season-high seven rebounds. Anderson-Sparks is third on the team in scoring and has a total of 18 assists in 20.6 minutes per game.

 

She is currently sitting in 15th place in the conference with a three-point field goal percentage of .309 (19-58) and sits in 15th place an average of 1.3 three-point field goals made.
 

TALE OF NENE 

Verne'qua "Nene" Taylor leads the team at the point guard position and has no problem sharing the ball. The junior is leading the conference with an average of 4.4 assists a game with a total of 70 assists in 16 games in a team-high 29.8 minutes per game.

Against SMU, the Wharton, Texas native, posted a season-high 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting and dished out eight assists while jumpstarting the Islanders scoring in the second half. Taylor dished our eight assists and a career-high four steals against Southeastern La.
 

She is averaging 5.9 points per game, 4.1 rebounds and is second on the team in steals with 20. Taylor along with Myles are the only two Islanders to have started all 16 games.

PRESEASON PICKS

The Islanders were picked to finish last in the Southland West Division after finishing last in the conference last season.

UP NEXT

The Islanders will return home to the Coastal Bend on Saturday, Jan. 21 to host Sam Houston State. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.