TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (9-19, 5-10) AT CENTRAL ARKANSAS (23-5, 13-2)
Saturday, March 3 • 2 p.m. CST
Farris Center (5,500) • Conway, Ark.
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team will wrap the regular season Saturday at Central Arkansas. The Islanders are looking to snap a five-game road losing streak and clinch a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament. The Islanders sit at 9-19 overall and 3-10 on the road.
In the Islanders last contest at home against UT Arlington, senior Myeisha Myles posted a game-high 17 points and the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team cruised to a 74-54 victory in their final home game of the season at the American Bank Center. The Islanders were powered by three players in double-figure scoring. Myles also tallied two blocks and five rebounds and junior Alisa Roberts added 15 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Brandi Huff also scored in double figures, tallying 11 points.
The Islanders sit at 5-10 in the conference and will face Central Arkansas for the first time this season. The Sugar Bears clinched the Southland Conference regular-season title on Wednesday.
Central Arkansas comes into the game with a 23-5 overall record, sits at 13-2 in the conference and holds a perfect 15-0 record at home.
• The Islanders are looking to snap a five-game road losing streak Saturday and advance to the Southland Conference tournament in the Islanders final regular season game.
• Myeisha Myles has tallied 16 double-figure scoring games this season and four double-doubles to lead the Islanders in scoring with 11.1 points per game.
• Verne'qua Taylor has tallied six or more assists in 11 games this season and six of those she has eight or more assists. She leads the conference with 4.8 assists a game.
• The Islanders are forcing their opponents to 17.0 turnovers per game.
• Head Coach Robert Robinson has used eight different starting lineups this season.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior Myeisha Myles posted a game-high 17 points and the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team cruised to a 74-54 victory Wednesday over UT Arlington in their final home game of the season at the American Bank Center.
The Islanders were powered by three players in double-figure scoring. Myles went 6-8 from the field and tallied two blocks and five rebounds and junior Alisa Roberts added 15 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Brandi Huff also scored in double figures, tallying 11 points. Senior Zoe Vega-Vega tallied a career-high five assists and grabbed seven rebounds. The Islanders shot 45.3 percent (20-64) from the field to the Mavericks 28.8 percent (17-59). Texas A&M - Corpus Christi edged UT Arlington on the boards 45-43. The Islanders also received 29 points from the bench.
SCOUTING THE SUGAR BEARS
Central Arkansas heads into Saturday's game with a 23-5 overall record, 13-2 in conference play and sits at a perfect 15-0 record at home. The Sugar Bears clinched the Southland Conference regular season title on Wednesday and have secured the top spot in the 2012 Southland Conference tournament. Central Arkansas has only dropped conference games to Southeastern La. and Stephen F. Austin.
On the season, Central Arkansas averages 67.0 points, shoots .410 from the floor (647-of-1579), .322 percent (188-of-584) from three-point range and .682 (395-of-579) from the line.
Individually, the Sugar Bears are led by Megan Herbert with 17.6 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per game. Nakia Guiden is second on the team with 9.9 points per game.
Saturday's game will mark the sixth meeting between the two schools with the Islanders claiming the 4-1 advantage. The last time the two met up was on March 5, 2011 in Corpus Christi. The Sugar Bears garnered an 85-66 victory. Prior to that, the Islanders had sealed four straight victories over Central Arkansas.
A MUST WIN SITUATION
An Islanders' victory over Central Arkansas and a Nicholls State victory over Southeastern La. would put the Islanders in the Southland Conference Tournament.
The Islanders are second in the conference with 28.0 defensive rebounds a game and are sixth in offensive rebounds with 14.1.
Myeisha Myles is leading the team on the glass with 7.0 rebounds per game, which is good for ninth place in the conference. Myles has 4.1 defensive rebounds (T-14th, SLC) and 2.9 offensive rebounds (9th, SLC).
The Islanders are 7-3 when they outrebound their opponent and 2-16 when their opponent has more rebounds.
Verne'qua Taylor has tallied six or more assists in 11 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.
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. Myles led the Islanders with her 13th double-digit scoring game against Texas State with 13 points.
This season, the senior has registered four double-doubles and leads the team in scoring with 11.1 points per game and in rebounds with 7.0 rebounds per game. Myles is second on the team with an average of 25.4 minutes per game.
She sits in third place in the conference with a .519 (126-243) field goal percentage. She is in 17th place with 11.1 points per game and sits in ninth place in rebounds with an average of 7.0 a game. Myles is averaging 0.9 blocks per game which is good for ninth place. She is in ninth place with 2.9 offensive rebounds a game and is in a tie in 14th place with 4.1 defensive rebounds a game.
Myles along with Taylor are the only two Islanders to have started all 28 games.