TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI AT ARKANSAS STATE
Sunday, Nov. 20 • 2 p.m. CT
ASU Convocation Center (10,727) • Jonesboro, Ark.
LIVE STATS: astateredwolves.com
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team will travel to Jonesboro, Ark. to compete in their first road game of the season against Arkansas State on Sunday afternoon at the ASU Convocation Center. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. CT. The Islanders dropped their first two home games, falling to Big 12 foe Missouri 75-58 at the Dugan Wellness Center and Colorado of the Pac-12, 71-58, at the American Bank Center.
ON THE ROAD
The Islanders head on the road for the first time since falling to UT Arlington by four points last season.
The Islanders are set to take on Arkansas State out of the Sun Belt Conference in their third game of the season and first true road test. The Islanders opened the 2010-11 season with a home game against the Red Wolves.
LAST TIME OUT
Despite a late comeback, the Islanders dropped their second game of the season, 71-58, to Colorado on Wednesday night at the American Bank Center. Junior Jessica Jammer gave the Islanders a spark off the bench to lead all scorers with 22 points, three-shy of tying a career best. Myeisha Myles added 10 points and nine rebounds in 31 minutes of play while newcomer Verne'qua Taylor chipped in nine points and five boards in 36 minutes of action.
Sunday's game will mark the fourth meeting between the two teams with Arkansas holding a 3-0 advantage.
Just a little over a year ago, the Red Wolves came to the American Bank Center to open the 2010-11 season. The Islanders dropped a 69-59 contest, one that senior Myeisha Myles doesn't need reminded about.
In 14 minutes of action, Myles went down with a season-ending injury. Jessica Jammer had eight points and eight rebounds in 33 minutes of play, while Zoey Vega-Vega added two points and Taryn Gregory tallied one free throw and two rebounds.
SCOUTING THE RED WOLVES
Arkansas State lost its season opener on the road against Charlotte 78-48. The Red Wolves had three players in double-digits. Guards Ashley Olvera and Megan Lewis led the team with 11 points in 30 minutes of play. Forward Jane Morrill had 10 points and four rebounds.
The Red Wolves opened the season with two exhibition games at home. In the first game, Arkansas State edged out a close 78-73 victory over Maryville University and then followed it with a 65-51 win over the Christian Brothers Lady Bucs.
In both of the Islanders' games, five newcomers have contributed action, including four out of the five getting the start.
The newcomers have combined for 64 of the Islanders' 116 points. Junior Verne'qua Taylor is second on the team with a combined 21 points in a team high 74 minutes. Freshman Trish Amboree has added 16 points, while Marquesha Anderson-Sparks has chipped in 15 points, both getting the starting nod from Coach Robinson. JC transfer Damequia Montgomery has been a force on the glass, adding 12 boards in 32 minutes of play. JC transfer Alisa Roberts has given the Islanders a presence off the bench, with five boards and seven points in the two games.
This season the Islanders have depth on their roster, something they have lacked in the past. In the Islanders first game against Missouri, the bench outscored Missouri's bench 14-9. The Islanders' bench was led by Jammer's six points, Roberts' five points and Huff's three free throws. Against Colorado, the bench added 26 points, led by Jammer's 22 points. The work of the bench will continue to help propel the Islanders' offense.
In the Islanders' two games, they have gone to the line 47 times, compared to their opponents 30 attempts. Jessica Jammer had a career night against Colorado going 10-for-13 at the charity stripe breaking her career eight free throws and nine free throw attempts. Trish Amboree and Verne'qua Taylor are perfect from the line in the two contests.
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 has a tough schedule this season, including their first few contests. The Islanders faced Missouri and Colorado at home and after traveling to Jonesboro, Ark. they will 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 return home to face Iona at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at the American Bank Center. The game is part of a double header with the men's basketball team. Tickets for both games are as low as $8 and are available at GoIslanders.com or by calling 825-BALL (2255).