Islanders Host Colonels in Midweek Matchup
NICHOLLS STATE (11-9, 4-3 SLC) AT TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (6-14, 2-5)
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team returns home and is looking to snap a three-game losing streak Wednesday when they take on Nicholls State at the American Bank Center. The Islanders have dropped their last three conference games, including their last two road games and seven of their last nine games. This season, the Islanders are 1-2 at home in conference play and 1-3 away from the Coastal Bend.
In the Islanders last contest on Saturday, Alisa Roberts registered her third straight double-figure scoring game with 17 points and Verne'qua Taylor added 10 points, eight assists and six rebounds in the Islanders 69-57 loss to Stephen F. Austin in San Nacogdoches, Texas.
Nicholls State comes into Wednesday's contest with an 11-9 overall record and are 4-3 in the league. The Colonels sit in third place in the East Division behind Central Arkansas and McNeese State.
• The Islanders have dropped seven of their last nine and their last three conference games.
• Myeisha Myles paced the Islanders with her 10th double-figure scoring game and her third double-double of the season on Wednesday at Texas State with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
• Alisa Roberts posted back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts this week against Texas State and Stephen F. Austin. The junior also went a combined 10-for-12 from behind the free throw line in the two contests.
• Verne'qua Taylor tallied eight assists on Saturday at SFA, one shy of her career-best, and currently leads the conference with 4.7 assists per game.
• The Islanders are 5-3 when at least three players have scored in double-digits and 0-7 when at least two have posted double-digit scoring efforts.
• Texas A&M - Corpus Christi went 14 minutes in the second half Saturday at SFA without a field goal and shot a season low 21.4 percent from the field in the second half.
• Head Coach Robert Robinson has used eight different starting lineups this season.
• The Islanders face Nicholls State and Northwestern State at home this week.
The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi saw a 14-point first half lead evaporate, as the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks fought their way back in the second half to seal a 69-57 victory Saturday night at Nacogdoches, Texas.
SCOUTING THE COLONELS
Nicholls State heads into Wednesday's game with an 11-9 overall record, 4-3 in conference play and sits at 3-6 on the road. The Colonels are 1-2 on the road in Southland Conference action with their lone victory coming against Northwestern State.
On the season, Nicholls State averages 67.2 points, shoots .410 from the floor (485-of-1182), .353 percent (128-of-363) from three-point range and .780 (245-of-314) from the line.
Individually, the Colonels are led by Sumar Leslie with 16.2 points per game. Alisha Allen is second on the team with 14.1 points per game and leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per game.
Wednesday's game will mark the sixth meeting between the two schools with the Islanders claiming the 3-2 advantage. Nicholls State has garnered the last two contests by three points on their home court with the Islanders sealing back-to-back home victories in 2008 and 2009. The Islanders also sealed a victory on the Colonels home floor in 2007.
The Islanders are leading the conference with 29.1 defensive rebounds a game and are fifth in offensive rebounds with 15.1.
The Islanders have been a force on the defensive end, tallying 582 rebounds to their opponent's 572. The Islanders have tallied 17 assists or more in four games this season. They have registered 17 assists in wins against Jackson State, UT Arlington and a loss at SMU. The Islanders dished out a season-high 18 against Southeastern La. The Islanders are in a tie for seventh place in the conference with an average of 11.6 assists per game.
Verne'qua Taylor has tallied six or more assists in eight games this season and five of those she had eight or more assists. The junior is 13 assists shy of tying the Islanders all-time assists record for a junior. Kirbria Lewis set the record with 107 during the 2005-06 season. The all-time Islanders record of assists in a season is 179 set by Mandie Vinck during the 2002-03 season.
The Islanders sit in sixth place in the conference with 3.3 blocks per game. Myeisha Myles and Jessica Jammer are two of the top shot blockers in the league. Myles leads the way in ninth with 1.0 and Jammer is in 10th with 0.8 a game.
Coach Robinson has used eighth different lineups this season. Myeisha Myles and Verne'qua Taylor are the only two Islanders to have started all 20 games. Nine of the 12 players have made their way into the starting lineup. The most times one set lineup has been used is five games.
This season the Islanders seem to perform better when at least three players have scored double-digit points rather than two. The Islanders are 5-3 when at least three players have scored and 0-7 when at least two have posted double-digit scoring efforts.
Myles and Roberts led the Islanders in double-figure scoring against Texas State. Myles tallied 17, while Roberts added 15. Against SFA, Roberts tallied 17 points and Taylor added 10.
Myles leads the Islanders with 10 double-figure scoring games, Jammer has seven while Anderson-Sparks and Taylor have tallied six each.
Jammer and Vega-Vega also have two double-doubles apiece this season, while Myles has three.
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 4.7 assists a game with a total of 94 assists in 20 games in a team-high 30.7 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. The junior registered a balanced attack at Texas State with seven points, six rebounds, five assists and a season-high six steals in 34 minutes. She also tallied 10 points, eight assists and six rebounds in 32 minutes at SFA.
She is averaging 6.5 points per game, 4.3 rebounds and leads the team with 33 steals, which is good for 14th place in the conference. Taylor along with Myles are the only two Islanders to have started all 20 games.
Alisa Roberts brings a Philly toughness to the Islanders. The junior came off the bench against Sam Houston State and registered a career-high 18 points. She also went 7-of-8 from behind the charity stripe and triggered a career-high three 3-pointers.
She is third on the team in scoring with an average of 8.1 points per game (30th SLC) and is second with 32 steals (1.6) which is good for 15th place in the conference in 18.9 minutes per game. She is third in assists with 21.
The Islanders were picked to finish last in the Southland West Division after finishing last in the conference last season.
The Islanders will return to the American Bank Center, Saturday, Feb. 4, for a matchup against Northwestern State at 7 p.m.