TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (8-14, 4-5) AT SAM HOUSTON STATE (12-9, 7-3)
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team hits the road Saturday to take on Sam Houston State in second round of Southland Conference action. The Islanders are riding on a two-game winning streak after snapping a string of three conference losses. The Islanders improved to 8-14 overall and 3-2 at home in conference play.
In the Islanders last contest, Myeisha Myles' winning shot with 2.4 seconds left lifted Texas A&M - Corpus Christi past Northwestern State, 88-86. The Islanders were powered by four players in double-figure scoring in a game that featured 13 ties and 19 lead changes.
The Islanders sit at 4-5 in the conference and will face Sam Houston State for the second time this season. The Islanders dropped a 65-56 decision to the Bearkats at the Dugan Wellness Center on Jan. 21.
Sam Houston State comes into the game on a two-game winning streak after picking up a win at UT Arlington and at home against Southeastern La. The Bearkats hold a 12-9 overall record and are 7-3 in the conference, which is good for first place in the West Division. Sam Houston State sits at an 8-1 record at home, with their only loss coming against Stephen F. Austin, 69-67. Saturday's game will mark the 16th meeting.
• The Islanders have now won straight two games, snapping a string of three straight losses.
•Texas A&M - Corpus Christi scored a season-high 88 points in their victory over Northwestern State on Sunday.
• Myles registered a career-high 27 points and 14 rebounds in 23 minutes, marking her fourth double-double of the season
• Verne'qua Taylor posted her first double-double of the season with 15 points and a career-high 10 assists, while tallying seven rebounds, three shy of a triple double, while adding five steals. Taylor tallied a career-high 20 points to lead the Islanders past Nicholls State on Wednesday.
• Taylor broke the all-time assist leader as a junior Saturday night against Northwestern State with 10 assists. She now has 110 assists on the season. She is leading the conference with an average of 5.0 assists a game.
• Zoe Vega-Vega tallied her third double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds against Nicholls State.
• The Islanders shot a season-high .818 percent (9-of-11) from the charity stripe against Nicholls State.
• Head Coach Robert Robinson has used eight different starting lineups this season.
LAST TIME OUT
Myeisha Myles' winning shot with 2.4 seconds left lifted Texas A&M - Corpus Christi past Northwestern State, 88-86, at the American Bank Center. The Islanders were powered by four players in double-figure scoring in a game that featured 13 ties and 19 lead changes.
Myles paced the Islanders with a career-high 27 points and 14 rebounds and junior Verne'qua Taylor also scored a double-double with 15 points and a career-high 10 assists, while tallying seven rebounds, three shy of a triple double, while adding five steals. She now holds the Islanders all-time assist record as a junior with 110 assists this season. Junior Alisa Roberts also had a career-night with a career-high 21 points including 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Sophomore Brandi Huff also chipped in double-figure scoring efforts with 10 points and seven rebounds,
SCOUTING THE BEARKATS
Sam Houston State heads into Saturday's game with a 12-9 overall record, 7-3 in conference play and sits at 8-1 on their home court. The Bearkats are 4-1 in Huntsville in Southland Conference action. Sam Houston State is on a two-game winning streak.
The Bearkats only loss in conference action came against Stephen F. Austin at home. Sam Houston State sits at the top of the West Division, ahead of Stephen F. Austin and Texas State, who have identical SLC records at 5-4.
On the season, Sam Houston State averages 61.9 points, shoots .353 from the floor (458-of-1298), .278 percent (93-of-331) from three-point range and .693 (291-of-420) from the line.
Individually, the Bearkats are led by Britni Martin with 16.2 points per game. Sequeena Thomas is second on the team with 14.1 points per game and leads the team with 11.7 rebounds per game.
Saturday's game will mark the 16th meeting between the two schools with the Islanders claiming the 5-2 advantage. Sam Houston State garnered the 65-56 road victory at the Dugan Wellness Center on Jan. 21. The Islanders cut the lead to five with 36.8 seconds left, but it wasn't enough. The Islanders were paced by three players in double-figure scoring efforts.
Junior Alisa Roberts tallied her third double-figure scoring game with a career-high 18 points and Myeisha Myles and Verne'qua Taylor each added 11 points. Britni Martin paced the Bearkats with 22 points, Sequeena Thomas added 15 and Jasmine Johnson chipped in 11.
The Islanders are leading the conference with 28.9 defensive rebounds a game and are fifth in offensive rebounds with 15.1.
Myeisha Myles is leading the team on the glass with 7.4 rebounds per game, which is good for ninth place in the conference. Myles has 4.3 defensive rebounds (T-13th, SLC) and 3.0 offensive rebounds (8th, SLC).
The Islanders are 6-3 when they outrebound their opponent and 2-11 when their opponent has more rebounds.
The Islanders have tallied 17 assists or more in five games this season. They have registered 17 assists in wins against Jackson State, UT Arlington and a loss at SMU. The Islanders dished out 18 against Southeastern La. and registered a season-high 19 against Northwestern State. The Islanders are in seventh place in the conference with an average of 12.0 assists per game.
Verne'qua Taylor has tallied six or more assists in 10 games this season and six of those she had eight or more assists. The junior dished out a season-best 10 assists against Northwestern State to move into first place on the all-time assist leader as a junior with 110 assists. Taylor passed Kirbria Lewis who set the record with 107 during the 2005-06 season. The all-time Islanders record of assists in a season is 179 set by Mandie Vinck during the 2002-03 season.
Coach Robinson has used eight different lineups this season. Myeisha Myles and Verne'qua Taylor are the only two Islanders to have started all 22 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 6-3 when at least three players have scored and 1-7 when at least two have posted double-digit scoring efforts.
The Islanders were powered by four players in double-figure scoring against Northwestern State. Myles paced the Islanders with a career-high 27 points, junior Verne'qua Taylor scored 15 points, while junior Alisa Roberts had a career-night with a career-high 21 points. Sophomore Brandi Huff also chipped in double-figure scoring efforts with 10 points.
Myles leads the Islanders with 11 double-figure scoring games, Taylor has eight while Anderson-Sparks has tallied six. Myles also has four double-doubles while Vega-Vega has three. Taylor tallied a double-double against Northwestern State with 15 points and 10 assists.
GOING THE MYLE
Senior Myeisha Myles has stepped up for the Islanders in crunch time. Against Northwestern State she hit a game-winning shot off a Zoe Vega-Vega missed jumper with 2.4 seconds left to clinch the Islanders two-point victory.
Myles paced the Islanders with a career-high 27 points and career-best 14 rebounds over Northwestern State. She led the Islanders with her ninth double-figure scoring game with 11 points against Sam Houston State and tallied 17 points and 11 rebounds at Texas State. In the Islanders first conference victory against Southeastern La., Myles tallied 18 points.
This season, the senior has registered four double-doubles and leads the team in scoring with 10.6 points per game and in rebounds with 7.4 rebounds per game. Myles is second on the team with an average of 25.1 minutes per game.
She leads the conference with a .533 (96-180) field goal percentage. She is in 17th place with 10.6 points per game and sits in ninth place in rebounds with an average of 7.4 a game. Myles is averaging 0.9 blocks per game which is good for ninth place. She is in eighth place with 3.0 offensive rebounds a game and is tied in 13th place with 4.3 defensive rebounds a game.
Myles along with Taylor are the only two Islanders to have started all 22 games.
The Islanders were picked to finish last in the Southland West Division after finishing last in the conference last season.
The Islanders return to the Coastal Bend on Wednesday, Feb. 15, to take on Texas State at the American Bank Center. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.