TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (6-13, 2-4 SLC) AT STEPHEN F. AUSTIN (13-5, 3-2)
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team is looking to snap a two-game losing streak Saturday when they travel to Nacogdoches, Texas, to take on Stephen F. Austin. The Islanders have dropped their last two conference games and six of their last eight games. This season, the Islanders are 1-2 on the road in conference play and 3-6 overall away from the Coastal Bend.
The Ladyjacks come into the contest with a 13-5 overall record and sit at 3-2 in the league after snapping a two-game losing streak on Wednesday at Sam Houston State. The Ladyjacks sit in second place in the West Division behind Sam Houston State. SFA finished with a 12-18 record last season and 9-7 in the conference which was good for a tie for first place.
• The Islanders have dropped six of their last eight and their last two conference games.
• Myeisha Myles and Alisa Roberts paced the Islanders in double-figure scoring Wednesday at Texas State.
• The Islanders are 5-3 when at least three players have scored in double-digits and 0-6 when at least two have posted double-digit scoring efforts.
• 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' bench outscored Texas State's bench 20-13.
• The Islanders shot a season-low 7.1 percent (1-14) from behind the arc against Texas State.
• Head Coach Robert Robinson has used seven different starting lineups this season.
LAST TIME OUT
Despite a late rally, the Islanders dropped their fourth conference game of the season Wednesday night, 73-67, to Texas State. Senior Myeisha Myles and junior Alisa Roberts paced the Islanders in double-figure scoring.
Myles powered the Islanders with her third double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Roberts posted her fourth double-figure scoring game and her second back-to-back double-figure scoring game with 15 points and six rebounds. She also chipped in two assists and three steals in 28 minutes.
The Islanders also had a balanced performance out of Verne'qua Taylor. The junior added seven points, six rebounds, five assists and six steals in 34 minutes. Sophomore Brandi Huff registered eight points and Damequia Montgomery added seven.
The Islanders outrebounded the Bobcats 45-42 and scored 23 points off Texas State's 18 turnovers. The Islanders bench also came up big outscoring the Bobcats' bench 20-13.
SCOUTING THE LADYJACKS
SFA heads into Saturday's game with a 13-5 overall record, 3-2 in conference play and sits at 5-2 at home. The Ladyjacks snapped a two-game losing streak Wednesday at Sam Houston State with a 69-67 victory.
SFA has conference wins over Southeastern La., Central Arkansas and Sam Houston State. The Ladyjacks sit in second-place in the West Division, one game back of Sam Houston State in first place.
On the season, SFA averages 61.6 points, shoots .362 from the floor (381-of-1053), .313 percent (114-of-364) from three-point range and .647 (233-of-360) from the line.
Individually, the Ladyjacks are led by Tammara Marion with 14.3 points per game. Porsha Roberts is second on the team with 7.9 points per game and leads the team with 5.8 rebounds per game.
Saturday's game will mark the 12th meeting between the two schools with the Ladyjacks claiming the 9-2 advantage. SFA has garnered the last eight contests with the Islanders sealing victories during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. The Islanders clinched a 72-69 overtime victory over the Ladyjacks in 2004 season before taking a 75-62 win in 2005, both in Corpus Christi.
The last time the two teams met up was in Nacogdoches on Feb. 26, 2011. The Ladyjacks sealed a 89-78 victory. SFA also notched a 90-64 victory on Jan. 29, 2011 in Corpus Christi.
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 383-345. On Wednesday, The Islanders scored 20 points to Texas State's 13. Brandi Huff led the Islanders off the bench with eight points and Damequia Montgomery added seven. Marquesha Anderson-Sparks leads the bench with 6.6 points per game and freshman Trish Amboree is second with 5.6 points per game.
The Islanders are leading the conference with 28.8 defensive rebounds a game and are fifth in offensive rebounds with 15.2.
Myeisha Myles is leading the team on the glass with 7.2 rebounds per game, which is good for 10th place in the conference. Myles has 4.2 defensive rebounds (15th, SLC) and 2.9 offensive rebounds (8th, SLC) while Damequia Montgomery is in 13th place in the conference with 2.5 offensive rebounds.
The Islanders have been a force on the defensive end, tallying 547 rebounds to their opponent's 541. Myles, Jammer and Taylor have combined for a total of 208 defensive rebounds.
The Islanders have tallied 17 assists or more in four games this season. They have registered 17 assists in wins against Jackson State, UT Arlington and a loss at SMU. The Islanders dished out a season-high 18 against Southeastern La. The Islanders are in a tie for seventh place in the conference with an average of 11.6 assists per game. Verne'qua Taylor has tallied six or more assists in seven games this season and four of those she had eight or more assists.
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 0.8 a game.
Coach Robinson has used seven 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 0-6 when at least two have posted double-digit scoring efforts.
Myles and Roberts led the Islanders in double-figure scoring against Texas State. Myles tallied 17, while Roberts added 15. Myles leads the Islanders with 10 double-figure scoring games, Jammer has seven and Anderson-Sparks has tallied six. Jammer and Vega-Vega also have two double-doubles apiece this season, while Myles has three.
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 86 assists in 19 games in a team-high 30.6 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. The junior registered a balanced attack at Texas State with seven points, six rebounds, five assists and a season-high six steals in 34 minutes.
She is averaging 6.3 points per game, 4.2 rebounds and leads the team with 32 steals, which is good for 14th place in the conference. Taylor along with Myles are the only two Islanders to have started all 19 games.
Senior Myeisha Myles has stepped up for the Islanders in crunch time. She posted a balanced attack for the Islanders against the Indiana Hoosiers. Myles has powered the Islanders in the past two games, scoring in double-figures.
She currently is leading the conference with a .536 (82-153) field goal percentage. She is in 17th place with 10.6 points per game and sits in 10th place in rebounds with an average of 7.2 a game. Myles is averaging 0.9 blocks per game which is good for ninth place. She is in eighth place with 2.9 offensive rebounds a game and is in 15th place with 4.2 defensive rebounds a game.
The Islanders were picked to finish last in the Southland West Division after finishing last in the conference last season.
The Islanders will return home to the American Bank Center for two games next week. On Wednesday, Feb. 1, the Islanders will take on Nicholls State before facing Northwestern State on Saturday, Feb. 4. Both games are slated to tipoff at 7 p.m.