September 2, 2008

ISLANDER WOMEN'S BASKETBALL RELEASES 2008-09 SCHEDULE

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball schedule features 29 games against five postseason participants from the previous season, as well as three early tournaments before kicking off its schedule of Southland Conference games.

"The nonconference games will be a good test for our team," said head coach Robert Robinson. "It will give us an early indication of where we are as a team because we play on the road in some tough environments."

The Islanders open the season on November 14 in Nashville, Tenn. against NCAA participant Vanderbilt, a perennial contender in the Southeastern Conference. The Islanders return to Corpus Christi for their home opener against Texas Southern before heading back out onto the road to face another NCAA participant in Texas.

The Islanders return home to face North Texas before getting into preconference tournament action. After North Texas, they go to the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic in Las Cruces, N.M., play an away game at NCAA participant SMU, in addition to visiting Texas-Pan American.

The team then heads East for tournaments hosted by North Florida and Georgia State, taking on Jacksonville State in the first game and host North Florida on the second day of the Lady Osprey Holiday Tournament on December 18th and 19th. They then travel to the Georgia State tournament after the Christmas break to take on Rhode Island on the first day of the tournament, followed by either Mississippi Valley State or host Georgia State on the second day of the tournament.

After finishing off their non-conference slate, the Islanders begin SLC action on the road against Central Arkansas and NIT participant Texas State before coming home for six of the next 10 contests. The Islanders play 16 SLC games in all, finishing the regular season with a home game against UT Arlington with the SLC Tournament beginning on March 11th and running through the 15th.

"We're looking forward to the season." said Robinson, "We had a young team last year, but we bring almost everybody back from a team that reached the SLC Tournament semifinals last year for the second year in a row."

The Islanders lost only starter from last years team, bringing back two seniors, three juniors and three sophomores, as well as adding two junior college transfers to the team.

"We return five players who scored in double figures from a year ago and should have stronger guard play this year as well as a strong inside presence with our height." said Robinson, "We are excited about the amount of talent and athleticism we have heading into this year."