TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN (1-5) AT TEXAS A&M – CORPUS CHRISTI (2-4)
Tuesday, Nov. 29 • 7 p.m. CT
American Bank Center (8,100) • Corpus Christi, Texas
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CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team will play host to Texas-Pan American on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. at the American Bank Center. The contest will be the first of two this season. The Islanders are 19-5 all-time against the Broncs. Last season, the Islanders split games with the Broncs with each team securing a win on their home floor. The Islanders return to the American Bank Center where they claimed their first win of the season against Iona, 77-68, last Tuesday.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi is coming off their first road win of the season against Houston Baptist at Houston in the Husky Classic. The Islanders finished 1-1 at the tournament, falling to Texas Southern, on the first day. Against Houstin Baptist the Islanders bounced back to have their best performance of the year, in a game which saw all of the Islanders tally minutes.
Texas-Pan American is coming off two losses in Houston in the Houston Classic. The Broncs sit at 1-5 and will be competing in their fourth consecutive away game.
The Islanders will travel to Houston this weekend to compete in the Rice Tournament before facing the Broncs in Edinburg, Texas on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
LAST TIME OUT
The Islanders competed in the Husky Classic, hosted by Houston Baptist on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, The Islanders dropped their fourth game of the season, falling to Texas Southern, 63-54. Despite leading at the half by one and a 6-0 run with 9:42 left, the Tigers answered with a 14-0 run in the second half to secure the victory.
Junior Jessica Jammer posted her second consecutive double-double with 12 points and tied a game-high 11 rebounds while tallying her fourth straight double-digit scoring game. Sophomore Brandi Huff posted a career-high 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting and freshman Trish Amboree added nine points and seven rebounds. Junior Alisa Roberts had a game-high four steals.
On Saturday, the Islanders sealed their first road game of the season, cruising to a 65-45 victory over Houston Baptist in the final day of the Husky Classic. The Islanders were powered by three Islanders in double digits and 30 points from the bench.
Sophomore Marquesha Anderson-Sparks paced the Islanders with a career-high 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting including 3-of-8 from behind the arc and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe. Senior Myeisha Myles posted her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 boards on 4-of-6 shooting. Junior Jessica Jammer tallied her fifth consecutive double-digit game with 12 points, two assists, one block and one steal.
On Saturday against Houston Baptist, after HBU took the lead on the opening tip with Joselyn Pugh's jumper at the 19:19 mark, the Islanders took the lead for good on a 13-0 run capped by four different Islanders. Jessica Jammer, Myeisha Myles, Brandi Huff and Taryn Gregory all added buckets while Myles and Huff chipped in points from the charity line.
The Islanders went on another run with 5:39 to play with a Jammer jumper to take the 28-15 lead. Jammer's pass inside to freshman Trish Amboree extended the Islanders' lead to 15 with 5:14 to go in the half. Myles' rebound and put-back in the paint off an Amboree miss gave the Islanders a 32-15 lead. A steal by Ambree and layup in the paint capped the Islanders' 8-0 run.
In the second half, the Islanders extended their biggest lead of the game to 30 with 6:29 to play. Anderson-Sparks' jumper in the paint jumpstarted the run at the 11:31 mark and Roberts' pass down low to Myles in the paint gave the Islanders a 57-32 lead. Amboree's three and Jammer's jumper capped a 10-0 run to give the Islanders their biggest lead, 62-32.
SCOUTING THE BRONCS
The Broncs head into the weekend with a 1-5 record. UTPA is coming off two losses at the Houston Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, the Broncs fell to Southland foe McNeese St., 67-46, and dropped a heartbreaker to Yale on Saturday, 59-57. UTPA topped Paul Quinn College on Nov. 14, 72-43, to secure their first victory of the season.
On the season, UTPA averages 54.0 points, shoots .361 from the floor (122-of-338), .262 percent (17-of-65) from three-point range and .663 (63-of-95) from the line.
Individually, the Broncs are led by LaQuita Garner with 11.7 points per game and Donna Jackson is averaging 9.7 points per game and leads the team with 6.8 rebounds per game.
The last time the Islanders faced UTPA was on January, 5, 2011. The Islanders won 84-70 at the American Bank Center. Jessica Jammer posted a career-high 25 points and grabbed five rebounds in 27 minutes of play while Taryn Gregory tallied nine points on 7-of-8 shooting from the free throw line.
The Islanders dropped a 70-57 loss to the Broncs on November 10, 2010 in their fourth game of the season in Edinburg, Texas. Jammer tallied 11 points and eight rebounds in 26 minutes of play and Gregory scored seven points and pulled down five rebounds in 29 minutes of play. Brandi Huff chipped in four points and three rebounds.
The Islanders had a season-high 14 steals against Texas Southern on Friday. On Saturday, the Islanders tallied 12 steals to Houston Baptist's four steals. Junior Alisa Roberts leads the team in steals with eight while juniors Damequia Montgomery and Verne'qua Taylor are second on the team with seven.
This season the Islanders have depth on their roster, something they have lacked in the past. In the Islanders' win against Houston Baptist the bench outscored the Huskies 30-2. The Islanders' bench was led by Marquesha Anderson-Sparks' 14 points and Alisa Roberts' six points.
TWICE AS NICE
In the two games in the Houston Baptist Tournament the Islanders tallied 33 second chance points to their opponents' 15 points.
The Islanders are outrebounding their opponents 290-264 with an average of 48.3 rebounds per game. Myeisha Myles is leading the team on the glass with 8.5 rebounds per game. Jessica Jammer is second with 7.8 rebounds per game. On Friday, the Islanders outrebounded Texas Southern 53-48 and on Saturday the Islanders outrebounded Houston Baptist 49-35.
In the Islanders six games, Jessica Jammer has played a pivotal role. On Friday, Jammer posted her second consecutive double-double with 12 points and tied a game-high 11 rebounds while tallying her fourth straight double-digit scoring game in the Islanders' 63-54 loss to Texas Southern in the Houston Baptist Tournament.
On Saturday, the Brookshire, Texas, native tallied her fifth consecutive double-digit game with 12 points, two assists, one block and one steal in 22 minutes of play in the Islanders' 65-45 win over Houston Baptist.
Jammer is averaging a team high 13.3 points and is second on the team with 7.8 rebounds per game and is third on the team with an average of 25.3 minutes per game.
The Islanders were picked to finish last in the Southland West division after finishing last in the conference last season.
The Islanders will travel back to Houston to compete in the Rice Tournament next weekend. The Islanders will face Rice on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. before facing Oregon State/North Texas on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m./7 p.m.