December 29, 2012

Women’s Basketball Set to Wrap Non-Conference Schedule at TCU

GAME NOTES

TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (1-9) AT TCU (6-4)

Saturday, Dec. 29 • 5 p.m. CT
Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201) • Fort Worth, Texas
LIVE STATS


THE OPENING TIP

The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team returns to the court Saturday, Dec. 29 to take on TCU in the final non-conference game of the season. The Islanders are coming off their first victory of the season and first under Head Coach Royce Chadwick. The team edged a 52-49 win over Cornell in the Islanders' final home game of the 2012 year on Dec. 18.

Saturday's game will mark just the third meeting in program history between the two teams, with all three taking place in Fort Worth. The last time the Islanders and Horned Frogs competed against each other was in 2010 when the Islanders dropped a close 78-74 road loss.
 

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 562 wins on his collegiate coaching resume.

TCU enters Saturday's game with a 6-4 record, including a 6-2 record at home. The Horned Frogs are coming off a 73-37 home victory over Texas - Pan American on Dec. 22.
 

QUICK HITS

Jessica Jammer powered the Islanders against Cornell with a season-high 16 points. She also chipped in eight rebounds, a career-high six steals and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line in a season-high 31 minutes to earn Southland Conference Player of the Week honors.

•The Islanders' victory on Tuesday snapped a 10-game losing streak dating back to the last season.

•Texas A&M - Corpus Christi outrebounded Cornell 36-30 and dished out 13 assists. The Islanders also scored 32 of its 52 points in the paint and recorded 10 fast-break points, including six in the first half.

•Freshman Janae Blount has scored in double figures in seven of the Islanders' 10 games this season. Blount leads the team with 11.1 points per game, which ranks 15th in the Southland Conference.   

Alisa Roberts also had a balanced game vs. Cornell. The senior tallied nine points and eight rebounds and two assists.

Marquesha Anderson-Sparks is ranked second in the SLC with a free-throw percentage of .857.

•Coach Chadwick used his fourth different starting lineup in Tuesday's game vs. Cornell. Ashanti Plummer, Alisa Roberts, Jessica Jammer, Verne'qua Taylor and Taryn Gregory received the starting nod.

SCOUTING THE HORNED FROGS

The Horned Frogs and Islanders will meet for the third time in program history. TCU has the 2-0 advantage in series history, by just 10 points combined. The last time the two teams met up was in 2010 when the Islanders dropped a close 78-74 road loss. TCU notched a 62-56 victory in 2001 during the first meeting.

TCU downed Texas - Pan American at home, 73-37, in its last meeting. Prior to that, the Horned Frogs dropped a 72-59 loss to Georgia at home. TCU has victories against Southland opponent Sam Houston State, UTSA, Houston, SMU and UCF.  
 

TCU is averaging 66.4 points per game behind leading scorer Zahna Medley. She leads the Horned Frogs with 15.3 points per game and Natalie Ventress is second on the team with 14.6 points per game. Latricia Lovings leads the boards with 9.6 rebounds per game.

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.

BE BLUNT ABOUT IT

Freshman guard Janae Blount is leading the Islanders with 11.1 points per game in a team-high 27.1 minutes per game. She is 15th in the SLC in scoring and is eighth in 3-point goal percentage. She has scored in double figures in seven of the 10 games this season and has made starts in seven of the 10. The Washington, D.C. native is 20-for-24 from the line, which is good for a tie for fourth place in the SLC. She scored a career-high 21 points vs. Auburn and tied her career-high four three-pointers.

FRESH FIVE

Joining Blount is freshman post Ashanti Plummer, who tallied a career-high nine points vs. Texas State. She also led the newcomers with five rebounds in the only exhibition of the season. Morgan Schwartz is a transfer from Midland CC where she played two seasons under head coach Ron Jones. This season she posted eight points at UTPA on 4-of-7 shooting and tied a season-high five rebounds at Texas. Rounding out the newcomers is Zenobia Winbush along with Janae Lyde who is a sophomore transfer from Texas Southern and will sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules.

HOMETOWN DARLIN'

Ashley Darley has made starts in eight of the 10 Islanders' games. She is second on the team with 7.7 points per game in 17.6 minutes per game. She has also chipped in 16 steals, which is good for 14th in the SLC. Darling recorded a season-high 17 points at UTPA and grabbed a season-high seven rebounds vs. Auburn. She also scored 12 points in both games against Colorado and Auburn in the Omni Hotels Classic. She netted a game-high 14 points vs. UTPA and chipped in four of the Islanders' season-high 18 steals.

THE VETERANS

Joining Darley is senior Alisa Roberts who is third on the team with 6.8 points per game. The senior tallied a season-high 16 points vs. Texas State. Right behind Roberts is Jessica Jammer who is fourth in scoring with 6.7 per game. She leads the team with 5.8 rebounds per game. Jammer leads the team with 19 steals and is tied for seventh in the Southland with 1.9 per game. Helping Jammer on the boards is Darley, Schwartz and Brandi Huff with 3.1 rebounds per game.

Last season's Southland Conference assist leader Verne'qua Taylor brought back her old ways vs. Texas State with a season-best eight assists. She followed that performance with six assists vs. Cornell. Marquesha Anderson-Sparks is second in the conference and leads the team at the charity stripe with a .857 percentage (18-of-21). The Islanders also return guards Imani Dunn, Taryn Gregory, Trish Amboree and forward Damequia Montgomery.

BENCH WORK

The Islanders' bench has outscored its opponents in the last two games. The bench outscored Texas State 23-9 and Cornell 12-5. Roberts is leading the bench with 6.8 points per game and Anderson-Sparks has 3.9 points per game.  

CHADWICK ERA

Royce Chadwick is the fourth coach in Islanders' history to make his debut on the sidelines. He holds 562 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. 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 made his Islanders' coaching debut this season as the Islanders Assistant Coach. Brunson comes to the Island University after spending the past two years as the associate head coach and team's recruiting coordinator at Texas Southern. Geoff Grawn is in his 11th season on the Islanders' staff as an assistant coach.    

UP NEXT

The Islanders will ring in the 2013 year with Southland Conference action starting on Friday, Jan. 4 at Sam Houston State. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m. Last season, the Islanders tallied a 5-11 conference record.