PALMER CLAIMS FIRST SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE WEEKLY HONOR OF SEASON

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi senior guard Kevin Palmer was named the first Southland Conference Player of the Week of the 2009-10 season Monday after averaging 22 points a game at the Duel in the Desert in Lubbock.

For the week, Palmer hit 54.5% of his field goal attempts for the weekend going 24-of-44, while grabbing 6.3 rebounds a game. The guard, who was 11th in the nation with 2.86 steals a game a season ago, had 12 thefts and nine assists in three games.

In the opening game of the season, Palmer scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half as the Islanders knocked off Oregon State 67-43. In the game, he just missed his first double-double as Islander snaring a career-high nine rebounds. The senior also dished out five assists and swiped three steals.

In the second game against Texas Tech, Palmer hit three, three-point baskets and finished with 18 points and five steals in a 7-point loss, 66-59. He was also 5-of-7 from the foul line.

For the second time in three games, Palmer led A&M-Corpus Christi in scoring against South Dakota. He led all players with 25 points including a stretch where he exploded for 11 points in a span of less than four minutes. Palmer was 10-of-17 from the floor in the contest

Islander fans can get their first glimpse of Palmer and his teammates this Thursday when they host Texas-Pan American at 7 p.m. at the American Bank Center.