CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team continues its home slate with a Wednesday night contest against Pac-12 foe Colorado at the American Bank Center at 7 p.m. The Islanders dropped their season opener on Saturday against Big 12 foe Missouri 75-58 at the Dugan Wellness Center. The Buffs opened their season with a Friday night win against Northern Arizona 84-60 in Boulder. This will be the first matchup between the two teams.
The Islanders return to the American Bank Center for the first time this season. Last season the squad wrapped their season at the ABC on March 5 against Central Arkansas.
The Islanders are set to take on Pac-12 foe Colorado in their second game of the season and first at the American Bank Center.
The last time the Islanders faced a Pac-12 opponent was during the 2009-10 season when they played Washington in the Women's Basketball Invitational. The Islanders edged the Huskies by one point, 59-58.
LAST TIME OUT
In her first career start as an Islander, newcomer Verne'qua Taylor led the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting Saturday night against Missouri in the Islanders' season opener. The guard chipped in two assists and grabbed three rebounds in 38 minutes of play in the Islanders' 75-58 loss. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi was also propelled by freshman Trish Amboree and sophomore Marquesha Anderson-Sparks, who chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively.
SCOUTING THE BUFFS
Wednesday's game will mark the first meeting between the two teams. Colorado won its first exhibition game and its regular season contest, topping Regis and Northern Arizona at home. The Buffs cruised past Regis 78-40 and had four players in double-digits. Colorado followed up with a win against Northern Arizona in their season opener. The Buffs were led by three players in double-digits. Brittany Wilson scored 22 points, while Lexy Kresl added 15 and Chucky Jeffery came off the bench to score 11.
In the Islanders' season opener on Saturday, five newcomers saw action, including four out of the five getting the start. Junior college transfer Verne'qua Taylor led the team offensively at point guard with 12 points and two assists in 38 minutes of play. Joining Taylor was her JC teammate sophomore Marquesha Anderson-Sparks, who chipped in 10 points including two from 3-point land.
JC transfer Damequia Montgomery and freshman Trish Amboree also started for the Islanders. Montgomery had two points, three rebounds and three assists in 14 minutes of play. Amboree was the only freshman to see action. The forward scored 11 points in 26 minutes of play while burying three of her four three-point attempts. JC transfer Alisa Roberts scored five points and grabbed three rebounds in 13 minutes of action.
This season the Islanders have depth on their roster, something they have lacked in the past. On Saturday, the bench outscored Missouri's bench 14-9. The Islanders' bench was led by Jessica Jammer's six points, Roberts' five points and Brandi Huff's three free throws. The work of the bench will continue to help propel the Islanders' offense.
The Islanders were picked to finish last in the Southland West division after finishing last in the conference last season.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi will play a tough schedule this season, including their first few contests. The Islanders will take on Pac-12 opponent Colorado before traveling to Jonesboro, Ark. to take on Arkansas State. They will also participate in the Houston Baptist and Rice Tournaments. The Islanders will then face Big Ten foe Indiana after Christmas. The Islanders host 12 games, including four which will be played at the Dugan Wellness Center.
The Islanders will hit the road for the first time this season when they travel to Jonesboro, Ark. to take on Arkansas State on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.