TEXAS STATE (13-10, 5-5 SLC) AT TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (8-15, 4-6)
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team returns home Wednesday to the Coastal Bend to host Texas State in the Play 4Kay Pink game. The Islanders dropped their sixth conference game at Sam Houston State on Saturday and will return to the American Bank Center where the team is riding on a two-game home winning streak. The Islanders sit at 8-15 overall and 3-2 at home in conference play.
In the Islanders last contest, the team led by as many as 14 points in the first half, but Sam Houston State's hot second-half shooting, propelled them to a 75-54 victory. The Islanders took a 35-29 halftime lead but the Bearkats powered their way back with 45 second-half points to the Islanders 19 to secure the victory.
The Islanders sit at 4-6 in the conference and will face Texas State for the second time this season. The Islanders dropped a 73-67 decision to the Bobcats in San Marcos on Jan. 25.
Texas State comes into the game on a three-game losing streak after picking up a string of three wins. The Bobcats hold a 13-10 overall record and are 5-5 in the conference, which is good for third place in the West Division, one spot above the Islanders, who sit in fourth place.
• The Islanders head into Wednesday's home contest vs. Texas State on a two-game home winning streak. The Islanders lost on Saturday to Sam Houston State, snapping a two-game winning streak.
• Myeisha Myles has tallied 12 double-figure scoring games his season and four double-doubles to lead the Islanders in scoring with 10.6 points per game.
• Verne'qua Taylor have tallied six or more assists in 10 games this season and six of those she has eight or more assists. She leads the conference with 5.0 assists a game.
• The Islanders tied a season low 19 points in the second half against Sam Houston State. The only other time the Islanders have scored that many was in a loss to UTSA at home.
• Head Coach Robert Robinson has used eight different starting lineups this season.
LAST TIME OUT
The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team led by as many as 14 points in the first half, but Sam Houston State's hot second-half shooting, propelled them to a 75-54 victory Saturday afternoon at Johnson Coliseum.
The Islanders took a 35-29 halftime lead but the Bearkats powered their way back with 45 second-half points to the Islanders 19 to secure the victory. Myeisha Myles led the Islanders with 11 points and six rebounds, Verne'qua Taylor tallied nine points and five assists while Zoe Vega-Vega and Brandi Huff each added eight points apiece. Alisa Roberts also contributed with seven points, two assists and three steals, while leading the Islanders on the glass with eight boards.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Texas State heads into Wednesday's game with a 13-10 overall record, 5-5 in conference play and sits at 4-6 away from their home court. The Bobcats are 4-2 in San Marcos in Southland Conference action. Sam Houston State is on a three-game losing streak.
The Bobcats have dropped conference losses to UT Arlington, Central Arkansas, Nicholls State, UTSA and McNeese State. Texas State sits in third place in the West Division, behind Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin.
On the season, Texas State averages 69.4 points, shoots .387 from the floor (557-of-1439), .294 percent (148-of-504) from three-point range and .689 (334-of-485) from the line.
Individually, the Bobcats are led by Diamond Ford with 19.1 points per game. Ashley Ezeh is second on the team with 15.1 points per game and leads the team with 8.4 rebounds per game.
Wednesday's game will mark the 16th meeting between the two schools with Texas State claiming the 5-10 advantage. Texas State garnered the 73-67 victory in San Marcos on Jan. 25. Despite a late rally, the Islanders dropped their fourth conference game of the season. 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 are leading the conference with 28.7 defensive rebounds a game and are fifth in offensive rebounds with 14.9.
Myeisha Myles is leading the team on the glass with 7.3 rebounds per game, which is good for ninth place in the conference. Myles has 4.3 defensive rebounds (13th, SLC) and 3.0 offensive rebounds (8th, SLC). The Islanders are 6-3 when they outrebound their opponent and 2-12 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 12.1 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 23 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 12 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.
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 5.0 assists a game with a total of 115 assists in 23 games in a team-high 31.6 minutes per game.
Against Northwestern State, Taylor tallied 15 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and five steals in 40 minutes. 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 also tallied 10 points, eight assists and six rebounds in 32 minutes at SFA.
She is averaging 7.6 points per game, 4.2 rebounds and leads the team with 40 steals, which is good for 11th place in the conference. Taylor along with Myles are the only two Islanders to have started all 23 games.
The Islanders head back on the road Saturday, to take on Lamar out of the East Division in Beaumont, Texas. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.