TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (8-16, 4-7) AT LAMAR UNIVERSITY (14-11, 6-5)
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team hits the road for their next two conference games, beginning Saturday at Lamar. The Islanders sit in a tie for eighth place with Southeastern La. for the final spot to advance to the Southland Conference Tournament. The Islanders sit at 8-16 overall and 1-4 on the road in conference play.
In the Islanders last contest, senior Myeisha Myles tallied her 13th double-figure scoring game but the Texas State Bobcats snapped the Islanders two-game home winning streak, 74-61 victory Wednesday night in the Play 4Kay pink game.
The Islanders sit at 4-7 in the conference and will face Lamar for the first time this season. Lamar sits in a three-way tie for fifth place in the conference with Nicholls State and Texas State.
The Cardinals come into the game on a four-game winning streak, with three of the victories coming on the road to Southeastern La., Northwestern State and UTSA. The Cardinals hold a 14-11 overall record and are 6-5 in the conference,
Saturday's game will mark the 15th meeting between the two schools, with the Islanders holding an 8-6 advantage.
• Myeisha Myles has tallied 13 double-figure scoring games this season and four double-doubles to lead the Islanders in scoring with 10.9 points per game.
• Verne'qua Taylor have tallied six or more assists in 10 games this season and six of those she has eight or more assists. She leads the conference with 4.9 assists a game.
• Myeisha Myles leads the conference with a .527 field goal percentage.
• The Islanders are leading the conference with 28.6 defensive rebounds a game.
• Head Coach Robert Robinson has used eight different starting lineups this season.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior Myeisha Myles tallied her 13th double-figure scoring game but the Texas State Bobcats powered their way to a 74-61 victory Wednesday night at the American Bank Center to snap the Islanders two-game home winning streak.
Myles paced the Islanders with 18 points and seven rebounds while junior Jessica Jammer tallied 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals, while tying a career high four blocks. Junior Verne'qua Taylor chipped in 10 points and six rebounds. Myles and senior Zoe Vega-Vega powered the Islanders glass with seven rebounds and Myles dished out a season-high four assists while Vega-Vega added three. The Islanders scored 18 points off of the Bobcats 18 turnovers.
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
Lamar heads into Saturday's game with a 14-11 overall record, 6-5 in conference play and sits at 7-2 on their home court. The Cardinals are looking for their 200th victory in the Montagne Center. Lamar is riding on a four-game winning streak. The Cardinals have victories against Southeastern La., Nicholls State, Northwestern State, UTSA, and UT Arlington in conference action.
On the season, Lamar averages 60.1 points, shoots .372 from the floor (527-of-1415), .289 percent (121-of-418) from three-point range and .661 (328-of-496) from the line.
Individually, the Cardinals are led by Kalis Loyd with 15.5 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game. Monique Whittaker is second on the team with 10.1 points per game.
Saturday's game will mark the 15th meeting between the two schools with the Islanders claiming the 8-6 advantage.
The last time the two met up, Lamar sealed a 75-64 victory in Corpus Christi on February 19, 2011. In 2010 when the Islanders traveled to Beaumont, the Islanders garnered the 71-55 victory on March 4, 2009.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi faced Lamar in the 2010 Southland Conference Tournament. The Cardinals captured an 86-59 victory. The Islanders went on to play in the Women's Basketball Invitational.
The Islanders are leading the conference with 28.6 defensive rebounds a game and are fifth in offensive rebounds with 14.8.
Myeisha Myles is leading the team on the glass with 7.3 rebounds per game, which is good for ninth place in the conference. Myles has 4.2 defensive rebounds (13th, SLC) and 3.1 offensive rebounds (T-7th, SLC).
The Islanders are 6-3 when they outrebound their opponent and 2-13 when their opponent has more rebounds.
Verne'qua Taylor has tallied six or more assists in 10 games this season and six of those she had eight or more assists. The junior dished out a season-best 10 assists against Northwestern State to move into first place on the all-time assist leader as a junior with 110 assists. Taylor passed Kirbria Lewis who 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.
Coach Robinson has used eight different lineups this season. Myeisha Myles and Verne'qua Taylor are the only two Islanders to have started all 24 games. Nine of the 12 players have made their way into the starting lineup. The most times one set lineup has been used is six 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 6-4 when at least three players have scored and 1-7 when at least two have posted double-digit scoring efforts.
The Islanders were powered by four players in double-figure scoring against Northwestern State. Myles paced the Islanders with a career-high 27 points, junior Verne'qua Taylor scored 15 points, while junior Alisa Roberts had a career-night with a career-high 21 points. Sophomore Brandi Huff also chipped in double-figure scoring efforts with 10 points.
Myles leads the Islanders with 13 double-figure scoring games, Taylor has nine while Jammer has eight. Myles also has four double-doubles while Vega-Vega has three. Taylor tallied a double-double against Northwestern State with 15 points and 10 assists.
GOING THE MYLE
Senior Myeisha Myles has stepped up for the Islanders in crunch time. Against Northwestern State she hit a game-winning shot off a Zoe Vega-Vega missed jumper with 2.4 seconds left to clinch the Islanders two-point victory.
Myles paced the Islanders with a career-high 27 points and career-best 14 rebounds over Northwestern State. She led the Islanders with her ninth double-figure scoring game with 11 points against Sam Houston State and tallied 17 points and 11 rebounds at Texas State. In the Islanders first conference victory against Southeastern La., Myles tallied 18 points.
Myles led the Islanders with her 13th double-digit scoring game against Texas State with 18 points. She also led both teams by dishing out a season-high four assists.
This season, the senior has registered four double-doubles and leads the team in scoring with 10.9 points per game and in rebounds with 7.3 rebounds per game. Myles is second on the team with an average of 25.2 minutes per game.
She leads the conference with a .527 (108-205) field goal percentage. She is in 17th place with 10.9 points per game and sits in ninth place in rebounds with an average of 7.3 a game. Myles is averaging 0.8 blocks per game which is good for 11th place. She is in a tie for seventh place with 3.1 offensive rebounds a game and is in 13th place with 4.2 defensive rebounds a game. Myles along with Taylor are the only two Islanders to have started all 24 games.
The Islanders will travel to San Antonio to take on UTSA in second round action on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.