Islanders, Bobcats Meet in San Marcos on Wednesday
TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (6-12, 2-3 SOUTHLAND) AT TEXAS STATE (10-7, 2-2)
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team hits the road this week for their next two Southland Conference games. The Islanders will take on Texas State on Wednesday in San Marcos before traveling to Stephen F. Austin on Saturday. The Islanders are 1-1 on the road in conference play and 3-5 overall away from the Coastal Bend.
The Islanders sit at 6-12 overall and 2-3 in the conference. The last time the Islanders hit the road, they garnered a 61-51 victory over UT Arlington, to seal their first conference road victory of the season.
• The Islanders clinched their first conference road win of the season Wednesday against UT Arlington.
• Alisa Roberts, Myeisha Myles and Verne'qua Taylor led the Islanders in double-figure scoring against Sam Houston State. The Islanders are 5-3 when at least three players have scored in double-digits.
• The Islanders matched a season-high 15 steals against UT Arlington. This season the Islanders are 3-2 when having more steals than their opponents.
• Texas A&M - Corpus Christi has tallied 17 assists or more in four games this season. Junior Verne'qua Taylor has tallied six or more assists in seven games this season and in four of those she had eight or more.
• The Islanders shot 80 percent (16-20) from the free throw line against Sam Houston State.
• Head Coach Robert Robinson has used six different starting lineups this season.
• The Islanders face Texas State and Stephen F. Austin this week on the road.
LAST TIME OUT
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi cut the lead to five with 36.8 seconds left, but it wasn't enough as the Sam Houston State Bearkats garnered a 65-56 road victory at the Dugan Wellness Center. The Islanders were paced by three players in double-figure scoring efforts. The Islanders shot 32.1 percent from the field to the Bearkats 32.2 percent and shot 80 percent (16-20) from the charity stripe. The Islanders bench outscored Sam Houston's bench 22-13.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Texas State heads into the game with a 10-7 overall record, 2-2 in conference play and sits at 7-2 at home. The Bobcats dropped their second conference game on the road on Wednesday at UTSA. Prior to that Texas State fell to undefeated McNeese State on the road.
On the season, Texas State averages 67.2 points, shoots .384 from the floor (416-of-1083), .289 percent (112-of-387) from three-point range and .650 (199-of-306) from the line.
Wednesday's game will mark the 15th meeting between the two schools with the Bobcats claiming the 5-9 advantage. The Bobcats have won the past two meetings, with the Islanders notching both wins during the 2009-10 season.
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 385-345. On Saturday, The Islanders scored 22 points to Sam Houston State's 13. Alisa Roberts led the Islanders off the bench with a career-high 18 points. Roberts leads the bench with 7.2 points per game and sophomore Marquesha Anderson-Sparks is second with 7.0 points per game.
The Islanders are leading the conference with 28.7 defensive rebounds a game and are fifth in offensive rebounds with 15.2.
The Islanders sit in fifth-place in the conference with 3.3 blocks per game. Myeisha Myles and Jessica Jammer are two of the top shot blockers in the league. Myles leads the way in ninth with 0.9 and Jammer is in 10th with 0.9 a game.
Coach Robinson has used six different lineups this season. Myeisha Myles and Verne'qua Taylor are the only two Islanders to have started all 18 games. Nine of the 12 players have made their way into the starting lineup. The most times one set lineup has been used is five games.
This season the Islanders seem to perform better when at least three players have scored double-digit points rather than two. The Islanders are 5-3 when at least three players have scored and 0-5 when at least two have posted double-digit scoring efforts.
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 4.5 assists a game with a total of 81 assists in 18 games in a team-high 30.4 minutes per game.
Alisa Roberts brings a Philly toughness to the Islanders. The junior came off the bench against Sam Houston State and registered a career-high 18 points against Sam Houston State. She also went 7-of-8 from behind the charity stripe and triggered a career-high three 3-pointers.
The Islanders were picked to finish last in the Southland West Division after finishing last in the conference last season.
The Islanders will remain on the road on Saturday, Jan. 28, when they travel to Nacogdoches to take on Stephen F. Austin. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m.