December 1, 2011

Women's Basketball Travels to Houston For Gene Hackerman Rice Invitational

GENE HACKERMAN RICE INVITATIONAL

GAME 1: RICE UNIVERSITY (4-3) VS. TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (2-5)

Friday, Dec. 2 • 7 p.m. CT | Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750) • Houston, Texas

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GAME 2: TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (2-5) vs. NORTH TEXAS (4-2)/OREGON STATE (5-0)

Saturday, Dec. 3 • 5/7 p.m. CT | Tudor Fieldhouse (5,750) • Houston, Texas

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GAME NOTES  

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team will travel to Houston to compete in the Gene Hackerman Rice Invitational on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. The Islanders are set to take on Rice in the first game before facing the winner/loser of the North Texas/Oregon State game on Saturday, Dec. 3. The consolation game will tip-off at 5 p.m. followed by the championship game at 7 p.m. 

The Islanders are coming off a heartbreaking loss to Texas-Pan American on Tuesday night. The Islanders fell 58-56 at the American Bank Center in the final 3.3 seconds off a made layup under the basket.  

Rice is coming off a 67-47 home loss to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Saturday, Nov. 26. The Owls sit at 4-3 with a 2-1 home record. 

North Texas is heading into the tournament with a record of 4-2 and will face Oregon State prior to the Islanders game on Friday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. Oregon State is undefeated with a perfect 5-0 record with four of the wins coming at home.

LAST TIME OUT

The Islanders fell to Texas-Pan American, 58-56, on Tuesday night at the American Bank Center. Senior Myeisha Myles' layup and free throw with eight seconds evened the score at 56-56. With time winding down, UTPA's Bianca Torre dished it to Adanna Opara for the winning bucket in the paint and sophomore Marquesha Anderson-Sparks' jumper hit the backboard as time expired. 

Junior Alisa Roberts led the Islanders with a season-high 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting and junior Verne'qua Taylor added 10 points and tied a season-high six assists. Junior Jessica Jammer paced the Islanders on the glass with eight boards. Senior Myeisha Myles added three blocks and Roberts led the team with four steals.   

The Islanders shot 40.4 percent from the field (21-52), 25.0 percent from behind the arc (4-16) and 62.5 percent from the charity stripe (10-16). The Islanders scored 28 bench points to the Broncs' four and outrebounded UTPA 44 to 39. UTPA turned the Islanders' season-high 29 turnovers into 21 points while making 36 of their 58 points in the paint. The Islanders led by two, 25-23, at halftime. 

SCOUTING THE OWLS

Rice heads into the weekend with a 4-3 overall record and sits at 2-1 at home. On Saturday, Nov. 26, the Owls fell to UALR 67-47, snapping their four-game winning streak. The Owls have claimed wins against Alcorn State, Valparaiso, Chicago State and Houston Baptist. 

On the season, Rice averages 63.6 points, shoots .332 from the floor (150-of-452), .262 percent (34-of-130) from three-point range and .645 (111-of-172) from the line.  

Individually, the Owls are led by Jessica Kuster with 19.9 points per game and 13.1 rebounds per game. Brianna Hypolite is second on the team in points with 9.1 points per game. 

Saturday's game will mark the third time the Islanders and Owls have met up. Rice currently holds the 2-0 advantage over the Islanders.

The last time the Islanders faced Rice was on January 8, 2003 under then-head coach Jodi Kest. The Islanders lost 61-55 at Rice. The Islanders other loss to the Owls came during the Islanders home opener on November 17, 2001 under then-head coach Sheryl Estes. The Owls won 66-59. 

SCOUTING THE MEAN GREEN

North Texas heads into Friday's game against Oregon State with a 4-2 record and sits at 2-1 on the road. 

The Mean Green are coming off a 69-62 loss to the University of Arizona on Nov. 28 on the road. The Mean Green's other loss came to Oral Roberts, 70-60, on Nov. 16 at home.  

North Texas has claimed wins against UT Arlington, New Mexico, SMU and Texas State.

On the season, North Texas averages 60.3 points, shoots .360 from the floor (116-of-322), .280 percent (21-of-75) from three-point range and .690 (109-of-158) from the line. 

Individually, the Owls are led by Tamara Torru with 16.5 points per game and 8.0 rebounds per game. Jasmine Godbolt is second on the team in points with 13.2 points per game and leads the team on the glass with 9.3 rebounds per game. 

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS

Oregon State heads into Friday's game against North Texas undefeated. The Beavers sit at 5-0 with four of their wins coming on their home floor. Their most recent win came against Eastern Washington on the road 74-60. 

Oregon State has claimed wins against Western Oregon, Montana State, Cal State Northridge, Southern Utah and a road win at Eastern Washington. 

On the season, Oregon State averages 85.2 points, shoots .502 from the floor (162-323), .333 percent (30-of-90) from three-point range and .610 (72-of-118) from the line. 

Individually, the Beavers are led by Ali Gibson with 15.0 points per game and Earlysia Marchbanks with 14.6 points per game. ShaKiana Edwards-Teasley leads the team on the glass with 7.0 rebounds per game.

BENCH WORK 

This season the Islanders have depth on their roster, something they have lacked in the past. On Tuesday, the Islanders outscored UTPA's bench 28-4. The Islanders were led by Alisa Roberts' 12 points and Brandi Huff's six points off the bench. In the Islanders' win against Houston Baptist the bench outscored the Huskies 30-2. 

TWICE AS NICE

The Islanders tallied 18 second chance points to the Bronc's five on Tuesday.  

REBOUNDING MACHINE

The Islanders are outrebounding their opponent 334-303 with an average of 47.7 rebounds per game.  Myeisha Myles is leading the team on the glass with 8.3 rebounds per game and Jessica Jammer is second with 7.9 rebounds per game. On Tuesday, the Islanders outrebounded UTPA 44-39. At halftime the Islanders led the glass 28-16. 

JAMMIN'

Jessica Jammer has played a pivotal role for the Islanders. The junior has tallied five double-digit scoring games out of the seven the Islanders have played. She also has posted two double doubles.

Jammer is averaging a team high 11.9 points and is second on the team with 7.9 rebounds per game and is third on the team with an average of 25.4 minutes per game.           

PRESEASON PICKS

The Islanders were picked to finish last in the Southland West division after finishing last in the conference last season. 

STACKED SCHEDULE

After the Rice Tournament, the Islanders will face Big Ten foe Indiana after Christmas. The Islanders host 12 games, including four which will be played at the Dugan Wellness Center. 

UP NEXT

Following the Gene Hackerman Rice Invitational the Islanders will travel to Edinburg, Texas, on Wednesday, Dec. 7, to take on Texas-Pan American at 7 p.m.