After going over a month without a home game, the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team will finally play in front of a friendly crowd when they host the St. Edward's Hilltoppers on Thursday night at the Dugan Wellness Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and will feature the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosting its annual Toys for Tots gift drive.
The Islanders come into the contest with a record of 0-7 on the year with the most recent loss coming by a 72-62 margin to the Houston Cougars. SEU comes into the game with a record of 6-4 on the season, having won its last game by a 75-62 final over Huston-Tillotson.
Adrienne Scott broke through with her first double-double of the season against the Cougars in just her third game back from injury. The team also had Lauren Smith, Ashley Darley and Anitra Jeffery scoring in double digits as the Islanders played their best game of the young season against the 5-1 Cougars.
Smith is leading Texas A&M - Corpus Christi in scoring at 12.8 points per game, followed by Jeffery at 8.9 ppg and Scott with an 8.7 ppg average. Jeffery leads the team in rebounding with 9.4 board a game, followed by Scott at 6.7 per game in her three games back.
The Hilltoppers are led in scoring by Haley Tidwell at 12.3 points per game. Brittany Ward is second at 8.5 ppg while Sarah Milewski leads the team with 5.4 rebounds per game. SEU is 5-1 at home, but just 1-3 on the road as they travel to Corpus Christi on Thursday night.
In addition to the game, the SAAC will be hosting its Toys for Tots gift drive to help less fortunate children. Fans bringing a new, unwrapped toy will get into the game for a special discounted rate of $3 per ticket. In addition to the gift drive, the SAAC will also be giving away gift cards to a few lucky winners. Every fan entering the game will be entered to win either a $75 gift card from HEB, a $25 gift card from Starbucks or a $25 gift card from Cheddar's. Winners will be announced at halftime along with a presentation of the gifts to the Marines, the originator of the Toys for Tots program.
Live stats, as well as Yannis Koutroupis calling the action will be available on www.GoIslanders.com for Islanders fans unable to attend the game.