November 12, 2012

Women's Basketball Treks to Edinburg to Face UTPA in First Road Game

GAME NOTES

TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (0-1) AT TEXAS - PAN AMERICAN (0-2)

Tuesday, Nov. 13 • 7 p.m. CT
UTPA Fieldhouse (2,500) • Edinburg, Texas
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THE OPENING TIP
The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team will trek to Edinburg, Texas, to face Texas - Pan American for their first road trip of the season on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. The Islanders dropped their season opener on Sunday and have a tough opening schedule, playing three games in seven days, including two on the road. On Sunday, Belmont's strong shooting doomed the Islanders, 75-54, at the American Bank Center.  Prior to that, the Islanders cruised past Texas Lutheran 83-43 in its lone exhibition of the season.

Head Coach Royce Chadwick is in his first year as the Islanders' Head Coach. Chadwick, who spent the previous 11 years at the helm of the Marshall University program, has 561 wins on his collegiate coaching resume.               

The Islanders return 10 letterwinners and features five newcomers, three freshmen and two transfers. The Islanders finished the 2011-12 with a 9-20 record and 5-11 in the conference.

Texas - Pan American is looking for their first victory of the season after dropping a 68-34 opening loss to UTSA on the road and a 72-59 home loss to Our Lady of the Lake on Sunday. Tuesday will mark the 27th meeting between the Islanders and Broncs.

QUICK HITS

•Freshman Janae Blount led the Islanders on Sunday with 14 points, including 3-for-6 from behind the arc. She also went 3-for-3 from the charity stripe and dished out four assists.

Brandi Huff led the glass with a game-high seven rebounds.

•The Islanders outrebounded Belmont 36-32 but gave up 30 points in the paint.

 •Texas A&M - Corpus Christi scored 11 second-chance points and only gave up five to Belmont. 

Verne'qua Taylor dished out 141 assists in 2011-12 which set the Islanders' all-time assist record as a junior. She led the Southland Conference in assist average with 4.9 per game.

Alisa Roberts was No. 11 in the Southland Conference in three-point percent shooting .323.

• Chadwick has a career record of 561-302 (.650) in stops at Marshall, Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State, Oklahoma Panhandle State and Howard Junior College.

• In 20 years at the Division I level, Chadwick holds a 365-237 (.606) record and seven NCAA Tournament appearances.

• Three out of the five newcomers come to the Island University from out-of-state. Freshman Janae Blount is from Washington, D.C., freshman Ashanti Plummer is from Manhattan, N.Y. and sophomore transfer Janae Lyde is originally from Albany, N.Y.

SCOUTING THE BRONCS

UTPA dropped its opening game on the road to UTSA, 68-34, and two days later fell to Our Lady of the Peace, 72-59m, in its home opener.

Jasmine Gordon and Ce'Monay Newell lead the Broncs with 8.0 points per game and Cassandra Moody leads the glass with 7.5 rebounds per game.

The Islanders hold the 19-7 all-time series. Last season, the Broncs edged the Islanders 58-56 at the American Bank Center and won 69-52 in Edinburg.

Last season, Alisa Roberts led the team with 12 points and Verne'qua Taylor added 10 points in the Islanders' 62-58 loss at home. Taylor also dished out six assists and Jessica Jammer led the team on the glass with eight rebounds.

In the second game between the two schools, Trish Amboree scored eight points off the bench and Roberts added seven in the Islanders' 69-52 road loss.  

PRESEASON PICKS

The Islanders were picked to finish eighth in the Southland Conference Coaches' Poll after finishing with a 5-11 conference record last season.

FRESH FACES

Chadwick will look to five newcomers, three posts and two guards. Freshman guard Janae Blount will add a presence after averaging 10.2 points per game at Howard D. Woodson High School in Washington, D.C. Freshman post Ashanti Plummer will add some inside presence that will be missing from graduated senior Myeisha Myles. Plummer averaged 18.1 points per game during her senior season while pulling down 13.6 rebounds. Freshman Zenobia Winbush and junior transfer Morgan Schwartz will also add height to the Islanders roster. Winbush led her team in scoring and rebounding during her senior season at Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz, Texas. Schwartz transferred from Midland CC where she played two seasons under head coach Ron Jones. Rounding out the newcomers is Janae Lyde who is a sophomore transfer from Texas Southern.

In the exhibition, Plummer led the newcomers with nine points on 3-of-12 shooting from the field. Plummer and Schwartz both pulled down five rebounds apiece.

Blount had an impressive day on Sunday vs. Belmont. The freshman scored a team-high 14 points and went 3-for-6 from behind the arc. She also dished out a team-high four assists in 30 minutes of play.           

RETURNERS

The Islanders return 10 letterwinners from last seasons' team. Leading returners include Taylor, who led the conference with 4.9 assists per game and tallied a total of 141 on the season, Jessica Jammer, who averaged 8.0 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game while registering 25 blocks in 21.2 minutes. Along with Taylor and Jammer the Islanders are anticipating the return of Darley who sat out last season with a medical redshirt.

During the exhibition, Darley tallied 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting and recorded six steals, five rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes. She also went a perfect 4-for-4 from the line.

The Islanders also return guards Imani Dunn, Taryn Gregory, Trish Amboree, Marquesha Anderson-Sparks, Sarah Alva and Roberts, along with forwards Brandi Huff and Damequia Montgomery.

Huff led the forwards on Sunday, with a team-high seven rebounds and recorded six points in 21 minutes.       

CHADWICK ERA

Royce Chadwick is the fourth coach in Islanders' history to make his debut on the sidelines. He holds 561 wins on his collegiate coaching resume and seven NCAA Tournament bids. Chadwick is familiar with the Southland Conference after coaching stints at Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State. He holds a .829 career winning percentage in Southland Conference games. Chadwick was named the Southland Coach of the Year in 1997. He has 28 years of experience coaching women's college basketball and four career wins in the NCAA Tournament.

Roxanne White joins Chadwick on the sidelines as the Islanders' Associate Head Coach. White served on Chadwick's staffs at Marshall and Stephen F. Austin. White was Marshall's recruiting coordinator for all 11 years she was at the school and was the associate head coach for 10 of those seasons. The Stephen F. Austin alumna was an assistant for Chadwick for five years at SFA and also spent a year with Texas A&M.

Darren Brunson also makes his Islanders' coaching debut this season as the Islanders Assistant Coach. Brunson comes to the Island University after spending the past three years as the associate head coach and team's recruiting coordinator at Texas Southern.

Geoff Grawn joins the three of them on the sidelines and enters his 11th season on the Islanders' staff as an assistant coach.                    

LOADED SCHEDULE

 The Islanders have a very challenging non-conference slate, including five opponents from BCS conference schools. The Islanders will continue their road trip heading to UTSA on Friday before returning home to face Indiana. The Islanders will then travel to Boulder, Colo., for a two-day tournament at the University of Colorado. The Islanders will also face Big 12 opponent Texas at Austin. The Longhorns advanced to the NCAA Tournament a year ago, and this season's game will mark four years since the two teams faced each other in Austin in 2008. Three games are scheduled for December with the Islanders welcoming former Southland rival Texas State and Ivy League opponent Cornell. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi will wrap the non-conference schedule in Ft. Worth against TCU before the start of the Southland Conference.

UP NEXT

The Islanders will remain on the road for a Friday contest between former Southland opponent UTSA on Nov. 16 in San Antonio. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.