SAM HOUSTON STATE (8-7, 3-1) AT TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (6-11, 2-2)
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team returns home on a two-game winning streak and are looking for their third conference win Saturday against Sam Houston State. The Islanders clinched their first conference road win of the season on Wednesday against UT Arlington and won their first conference game of the season last Saturday against Southeastern La.
The Islanders sit at 6-11 and 2-2 in the SLC and return to the Dugan Wellness Center for the third time this season. The Islanders are 1-1 at the on campus site, with their lone victory coming against Jackson State in their most recent appearance there.
The Islanders are 11-3 all-time against Sam Houston State and have dropped the last two meetings. The Bearkats come into the contest with an 8-7 record and are looking for their third road victory of the season. Sam Houston State has been selected to finish third in the Southland Conference West Division after finishing with a record of 17-14 last season and 11-5.
• The Islanders clinched their first conference road win of the season Wednesday against UT Arlington.
• The Islanders are on a two-game winning streak, which is the first this season. Last season the Islanders' two wins came back-to-back.
• Texas A&M - Corpus Christi matched a season-best 15 steals on Wednesday and tallied 17 assists.
• Brandi Huff came off the bench to register a career-high 14 points to lead all scorers
• Alisa Roberts also came off the bench to pull down a 12 rebounds and was one point shy of her first double-double of the season.
• The Islanders shot 43.4 percent (23-53) from the field against UT Arlington.
• Head Coach Robert Robinson reached 70 wins in his six years as head coach at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi on Wednesday with the victory over UT Arlington.
• Coach Robinson has used six different starting lineups this season.
LAST TIME OUT
The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team put together a 12-0 run with under five minutes left to clinch their first conference road game of the season, 61-51, over UT Arlington. Sophomore Brandi Huff led all scorers with a career-high 14 points and tied a career-best six rebounds. Junior Alisa Roberts pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds, including 11 on the defensive end. She also went 7-of-8 from the line and tallied two assists and two steals to round out her stat line. Zoe Vega-Vega, Imani Dunn, Verne'qua Taylor, and Trish Amboree all chipped in eight points. Vega-Vega also pulled down eight rebounds and Taylor dished out eight assists and tallied five steals in 40 minutes of play.
SCOUTING THE BEARKATS
Sam Houston State heads into Saturday's game with a 8-7 overall record, 3-1 in conference play and sits at 2-7 on the road. The Bearkats dropped their first conference game on Wednesday against Texas State and snapped the team's four game winning streak.
Sam Houston State opened conference play with three victories. The Bearkats sealed a win on the road against UTSA and then notched their next two home games against UT Arlington and Nicholls State.
On the season, Sam Houston State averages 61.6 points, shoots .350 from the floor (333-of-952), .247 percent (57-of-231) from three-point range and .698 (201-of-288) from the line.
Individually, the Bearkats are led by Britni Martin with 14.7 points per game. Sequeena Thomas is second on the team with 13.9 points per game and leads the team with 10.3 rebounds per game.
Saturday's game will mark the 15th meeting between the two schools with the Islanders claiming the 11-3 advantage. The Islanders had won nine consecutive wins against the Bearkats until last season when Sam Houston State notched both victories.
The last time the two teams met up was in Corpus Christi on Feb. 12, 2011. The Bearkats sealed a 76-70 victory. Sam Houston State also notched a 83-67 victory on Jan. 22, 2011 in Huntsville.
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 363-332. On Wednesday, The Islanders scored 34 points to UT Arlington's 20. Brandi Huff led the Islanders off the bench with a career-high 14 points and Alisa Roberts pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds off the bench. Roberts leads the bench with 6.6 points per game and freshman Trish Amboree is second with 6.2 points per game.
The Islanders are leading the conference with 29.1 defensive rebounds a game and are fifth in offensive rebounds with 15.5.
Myeisha Myles is leading the team on the glass with 7.1 rebounds per game, which is good for 11th place in the conference. Myles has 4.2 defensive rebounds (14th, SLC) and 2.8 offensive rebounds (9th, SLC) while Damequia Montgomery is in 14th place in the conference with 2.5 offensive rebounds.
The Islanders have been a force on the defensive end, tallying 495 rebounds to their opponent's 482. Jammer and Myles have combined for a total of 136 defensive rebounds.
The Islanders matched a season-high 15 steals against UT Arlington. The other time the Islanders tallied that many was against Rice. This season the Islanders are 3-2 when having more steal than their opponents. The Islanders sit in 11th place in the conference with an average 7.7 steals a game. Alisa Roberts lead the team with 28 steals and Verne'qua Taylor has tallied 25.
The Islanders sit in fifth-place in the conference with 3.4 blocks per game. Myeisha Myles, Jessica Jammer and Damequia Montgomery are three of the top shot blockers in the league. Myles and Jammer lead the way in ninth place with 0.9 a game, and Montgomery sits in 14th (0.7).
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 51-42 in the month of January.
TALE OF NENE
Verne'qua "Nene" Taylor leads the team at the point guard position and has no problem sharing the ball. The junior is leading the conference with an average of 4.6 assists a game with a total of 78 assists in 17 games in a team-high 30.4 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. Taylor dished eight assists against UT Arlington for the second straight game. She also tallied eight points and a season-high five steals in 40 minutes.
She is averaging 6.0 points per game, 4.1 rebounds and is second on the team in steals with 25. Taylor along with Myles are the only two Islanders to have started all 17 games.
Brandi Huff, a two-sport student-athlete, came off the bench against UTA and scored a career-best 14 points and pulled down six rebounds in a season-high 24 minutes. She also led the team against UTSA with eight points off the bench in 20 minutes. At SMU Huff scored six points, including a season-high two three-pointers while pulling down six rebounds in 20 minutes of play.
The sophomore is averaging 4.3 points a game and 3.5 rebounds in 14.8 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 head on the road to face Texas State on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.