Islanders Host Southeastern Louisiana Saturday
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA (5-9, 0-1 SOUTHLAND) AT TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (4-11, 0-2)
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team is looking to snap a four-game losing streak and claim their first Southland Conference win of the season Saturday, Jan. 14 against Southeastern Louisiana University at the American Bank Center.
The Islanders sit at 4-11 and 0-2 in the SLC and are looking to snap a string of 18 conference losses dating back to last season. The Islanders last home conference win came on March 3, 2010 against Lamar. The Islanders stumbled in their conference home opener Jan. 11 against UTSA, falling 58-38 and lost to McNeese State on the road, 66-51 to open conference play on Jan. 7.
The Islanders are 3-3 all-time against Southeastern Louisiana and have dropped three of the last four against the Lady Lions, including two of the three at home.
Southeastern Louisiana comes into the contest with a 5-9 record and are also looking for their first conference win. The Lady Lions have been selected to finish last in the Southland Conference East Division after finishing with a record of 13-16 last season and 5-11 (5th, SLC). Saturday's game will be the seventh meeting between the two schools.
• The Islanders are averaging 59.2 points per game and 45.1 rebounds per game.
• Texas A&M - Corpus Christi are outshooting their opponents from behind the arc .277 percent (64-231) to .263 (83-316). The Islanders are shooting .288 from the field in conference play.
• The Islanders have dropped four straight and sixth of their last seven.
• Coach Robinson has used five different starting lineups this season.
• Texas A&M - Corpus Christi will face UTA and Sam Houston State next week.
LAST TIME OUT
The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team took the early lead, but saw it quickly evaporate as the UTSA Roadrunners notched their first Southland Conference win of the season, 58-38, on Wednesday night at the American Bank Center.
SCOUTING THE LADY LIONS
Southeastern Louisiana heads into Saturday's game with a 5-9 overall record, 0-1 in conference play and sits at 0-5 on the road. The Lady Lions have dropped five of their last six games.
The Lady Lions are returning to action after a bye week. In their conference home opener, Southeastern Louisiana fell to Stephen F. Austin 69-61 on Saturday, Jan. 11. Last season the Lady Lions finished 5-11 in the SLC.
This season, the Lady Lions have victories over Centenary College, Jackson State, Mobile, Spring Hill College and New Orleans. On the season, Southeastern Louisiana averages 63.1 points, shoots .392 from the floor (334-of-851), .214 percent (42-of-196) from three-point range and .685 (174-of-254) from the line.
Individually, the Lady Lions are led by Aja Gibson with 12.1 points per game and is second in rebounds with 6.9 a game. Kelli Jenkins is second on the team in points with 9.4 points per game and Brandi Simmons leads the Lady Lions with 8.1 rebounds per game.
Saturday's game will mark the seventh meeting between the two schools with the two teams each claiming three wins apiece. Southeastern Louisiana has won the last three out of four, including two of the three on the road.
The last time the two teams met up was at Southeastern Louisiana on Jan. 15, 2011. The Lady Lions sealed an 80-73 victory. Jessica Jammer scored nine points and pulled down seven rebounds in 27 minutes of play and Taryn Gregory added six points in three steals in a career-high 37 minutes. The Islanders won the year before on Feb. 24 at Southeastern Louisiana. Myeisha Myles tallied 12 points in the Islanders 75-67 win.
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 310-286. Junior Alisa Roberts leads the bench with 6.7 points per game and freshman Trish Amboree is second with 6.3 points per game.
The Islanders are outrebounding their opponents 677-667 with an average of 45.1 rebounds per game. The Islanders are leading the conference with 29.2 defensive rebounds a game.
Myeisha Myles is leading the team on the glass with 7.6 rebounds per game, which is good for ninth place in the conference. Jessica Jammer is second with 6.4 rebounds per game (15th SLC), while Damequia Montgomery is third on the team with 5.7. The Islanders have been a force on the defensive end, tallying 438 rebounds to their opponent's 423. Jammer and Myles have combined for a total of 132 defensive rebounds.
The Islanders sit in fifth-place in the conference with 3.5 blocks per game. Myeisha Myles, Jessica Jammer and Damequia Montgomery are three of the top shot blockers in the league. Myles leads the way in ninth place with 1.0 a game, Jammer is 10th (0.9) and Montgomery is 12th (0.8).
AT A GLANCE
The Islanders finished 2-4 in the month of December and 2-5 in November this season. Since its first season of basketball in 1999-2000 the Islanders are 49-42 in the month of January.
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 has stepped up for the Islanders as of late. She posted a balanced attack for the Islanders against the Indiana Hoosiers. Myles powered the Islanders with her seventh double-digit scoring game of the season with a team-high 19 points and grabbed five boards, while also adding three blocks and two steals in 25 minutes of play.
In the Islanders conference opener, Myles tallied six points and nine rebounds in a season-high 34 minutes. Against UTSA she pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.
This season, the senior has registered two double-doubles and leads the team in scoring with 10.3 points per game and in rebounds with 7.6 rebounds per game. Myles is second on the team with an average of 27.6 minutes per game.
She currently is second in the conference with a .529 (64-121) field goal percentage. She is in 18th place with 10.3 points per game and sits in ninth place in rebounds with an average of 7.6 a game. Myles is averaging 1.0 block per game which is good for ninth place. She is tied in eighth place with 2.9 offensive rebounds a game and is in seventh place with 4.7 defensive rebounds a game. Myles along with Taylor are the only two Islanders to have started all 14 games.
Junior Imani Dunn is back for her third season and is the voice of the Islanders. Check her weekly blog "What's Done is Dunn" on GoIslanders.com.
Dunn had her first career start as an Islander against McNeese State. The junior registered a season-high eight points, including 2-of-4 from behind the arc in a season-high 17 minutes. In the Islanders conference home opener, Dunn had her second career start and tallied five points, four boards, two steals and one assist in a career-high 27 minutes.
Dunn tallied one assist and one steal against SMU in five minutes of play before scoring a season-high three points and a career-high three steals against Indiana in six minutes of play. The junior registered her first basket of the season against UTPA while tallying two points on 1-of-3 shooting and grabbed one rebound in nine minutes of play. She also logged five minutes against Houston Baptist in her first game of the season. Dunn is averaging 2.6 points per game in 9.9 minutes in nine contests.
TALE OF NENE
Verne'qua "Nene" Taylor leads the team at the point guard position and has no problem sharing the ball. The junior sits in second place in the conference with an average of 4.1 assists a game with a total of 62 assists in 15 games in a team-high 29.3 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. At Indiana, the junior passed out seven assists, while tallying four points and five rebounds in 33 minutes.
She is averaging 6.1 points per game, 4.2 rebounds and is second on the team in steals with 16. Taylor along with Myles are the only two Islanders to have started all 15 games.
The Islanders were picked to finish last in the Southland West Division after finishing last in the conference last season.
The Islanders will travel to UT Arlington on Wednesday, Jan. 18 to face the Mavericks. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.