The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team will be hosting its annual home tournament starting this Friday, Nov. 12 with the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach Tip-Off Tournament. The two-day event will feature the Arkansas State, Southern and nationally-ranked Iowa. Iowa plays Southern in the first game of the day at 5:00 p.m. before the second game between ASU and the host Islanders at 7:30 p.m. at the American Bank Center.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi finished with a school-record 24 wins and a 24-11 overall record. The Islanders advanced to the finals of the Southland Conference Tournament and made it to the semifinals of the Women's Basketball Invitational before ending its deepest postseason run in school history.
The team will be led by senior Jade Davis who averaged 15.0 points per game last year and earning First Team All-Southland honors and being named to the All-Tournament team at the conference tourney. Adrienne Scott averaged 10.2 as a junior but will be out of action early in the season while recovering from an injury. Myeisha Myles scored 6.2 per game and started 15 games for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi.
The first opponent for the Islanders will be the Red Wolves of Arkansas State. After finishing 13-18 overall and 7-11 in the Sun Belt last year, they return three starters and nine letter winners from a year ago. Sherina Scott is the top returning scorer and rebounder after averaging 12.4 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game. NeNe Hurst at 11.7 points per game and Quinishia McDowell at 6.6 per game are the other two returning starters for ASU.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi will face either Southern or No. 22 Iowa on day two of the tournament.
Iowa was 20-14 last year, played in the Big Ten Championship game and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes return 10 players from last year's squad, including all five starters.
Southern was 23-9 and also return 10 letter winners and all five starters from a year ago. The Jaguars won the SWAC regular season and conference tournament championships before falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Connecticut, who went on to win the national championship.
Live stats and video for all games in the Tip-Off Tournament will be available by visiting www.GoIslanders.com.