TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (4-8) AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY (5-4)
Tuesday, Dec. 27 • 7 p.m. EST
Assembly Hall (17,472) • Bloomington, Ind.
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team will wrap up their final non-conference game Tuesday, Dec. 27 against Big Ten foe Indiana in Bloomington, Ind. The Islanders will face the Hoosiers before opening the New Year at McNeese State on Jan. 7 to begin Southland Conference play. Indiana heads into Tuesday's game with a record of 4-8 and sits at 1-3 at home.
After a nine-day break for the holiday season, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi returns to action after falling to Southern Methodist University 73-64 on the road on Sunday, Dec. 18. The Islanders trailed as many as 20 but cut the deficit to three with four minutes remaining. Myeisha Myles, Trish Amboree and Verne'qua Taylor paced the Islanders in double-digit scoring.
Indiana returns home after splitting two games in the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico before the break. The Hoosiers fell to Pittsburgh in overtime 77-72 before topping Colorado State 47-39.
This will only be the second meeting between the two schools with the Islanders holding a 1-0 advantage. The last time the two teams met up was in Indiana on Feb. 17, 2005. The Islanders garnered a 10-point victory under then-head coach Jodi Kest.
LAST TIME OUT
Despite a second-half comeback and three players scoring in double-digits the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team fell to Southern Methodist University, 73-64, Sunday at Moody Coliseum. The Islanders trailed by as many as 20 but cut the deficit to three with 4:02 to play in the second half behind 6-of-9 three-pointers.
Senior Myeisha Myles paced the Islanders with her sixth double-digit scoring game of the season with 17 points and junior Verne'qua Taylor posted a season-high 13 points and dished out eight assists. Freshman Trish Amboree added 11 points, including 3-of-5 from three-point land.
The Islanders shot 41.9 percent from the field (26-62), 50.0 percent from behind the arc (8-16) and 44.4 percent from the charity stripe (4-9). Texas A&M - Corpus Christi's rebounding came alive in the second half, after trailing 26-13 on the boards in the first half, the Islanders outrebounded the Mustangs 25-16 in the second half. The Islanders scored 22 bench points to the Mustangs 17.
After trailing by 18 at the half, the Islanders jumpstarted the second half on an 11-0 run with 14:34 to play. Taylor and junior Alisa Roberts scored a combined 16-second half points during the first eight minutes. Taylor hit two layups and a three-pointer and Roberts added two layups during the 11-0 run.
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
Indiana heads into Tuesday's game with a 4-8 overall record and sits at 1-3 at home. The Hoosiers return home after competing in the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico where they finished 1-1 before the holiday break.
In the first game of the Classic, on Dec. 20 the Hoosiers fell to Pittsburgh in overtime 77-72. Indiana was led by three players in double digits including Jasmine McGhee's double-double with 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Hoosiers bounced back to win the next day against Colorado State, 47-39. Quaneisha McCurty posted a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds and Jasmine McGhee tallied nine points and 11 rebounds in 39 minutes of play.
On the season, Indiana averages 59.8 points, shoots .361 from the floor (267-of-739), .290 percent (38-of-131) from three-point range and .627 (146-of-233) from the line.
Individually, the Hoosiers are led by Jasmine McGhee with 13.8 points per game and is second on the team with 6.3 rebounds per game. Aulani Sincair is second on the team in points with 12.5 points per game. Georgia Jones leads the Hoosiers with 8.2 rebounds per game.
Tuesday's game will mark only the second meeting between the two schools with the Islanders holding a 1-0 advantage. The last time the two teams met up was in Indiana on Feb. 17, 2005. The Islanders garnered a 10-point victory under then-head coach Jodi Kest and went on to finish with a record of 23-7.
This season the Islanders have depth on their roster, something they have lacked in the past. This season, the Islanders bench has outscored their opponents' bench 276-227.
Amboree leads the bench with 7.8 points per game and sophomore Marquesha Anderson-Sparks is second with 6.5 points per game.
The Islanders are outrebounding their opponent 546-527 with an average of 45.5 rebounds per game, Myeisha Myles is leading the team on the glass with 7.5 rebounds per game. Jessica Jammer is second with 7.1 rebounds per game. Jammer led the boards for the Islanders against SMU with seven while Brandi Huff and Myles each grabbed six apiece.
Against SMU, the Islanders had a balanced attack with three players registering double-digit scoring efforts. Myeisha Myles posted 17 points and Verne'qua Taylor tallied 13 points and eight rebounds. Trish Amboree added 11 points off the bench in 16 minutes of play.
WHY NOT DEC. 27
Tuesday's game will mark the first time the Islanders will play on Dec. 27. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi has never played two days after the holiday.
Head coach Robert Robinson is within two games of reaching the 70-win mark. Robinson currently sits at 68 wins in his six years as head coach at the Island University.
GOING THE MYLE
Senior Myeisha Myles posted a balanced attack for the Islanders against SMU. Myles registered her sixth double-digit scoring game with 17 points and six rebounds while adding two assists and two steals in 30 minutes of play. She also made 3-of-6 from behind the charity stripe.
This season, Myles has registered two double-doubles and leads the team in scoring with 10.5 points per game and in rebounds with 7.5 rebounds per game. Myles is second on the team with an average of 27.4 minutes per game.
As a junior, Myles played in 34 of the 35 games and led the team in scoring three times during the season.
TALE OF NENE
Verne'qua "Nene" Taylor leads the team at the point guard position and has no problem sharing the ball. Through 12 games, the junior has dished out 49 assists in a team-high 30.9 minutes per game.
Against SMU, the Wharton, Texas native, posted a season-high 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting and dished out eight assists while jumpstarting the Islanders scoring in the second half.
In the Islanders last two games Taylor averaged 8.5 assists and 10.0 points per game while shooting 53.8 percent from the field.
She is averaging 6.7 points per game, 4.3 rebounds and is second on the team in steals with 15.
The Islanders were picked to finish last in the Southland West division after finishing last in the conference last season.
The Islanders will open the New Year on Saturday, Jan. 7 against McNeese State in Lake Charles, La. to begin Southland Conference action. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m.