February 22, 2012

Islanders, Roadrunners Square Off in San Antonio

TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (8-17, 4-8) AT UTSA (7-18, 3-9)

Wednesday, Feb. 22 • 7 p.m. CST 
Convocation Center (4,080) • San Antonio, Texas
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Game Notes

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team remains on the road Wednesday when they travel to San Antonio to take on UTSA. The Islanders are looking to snap a three-game losing streak and snap a string of four road losses. The Islanders sit at 8-17 overall and 1-5 on the road in conference play.

In the Islanders last contest, junior Jessica Jammer tallied her ninth double-figure scoring game with 13 points but the Lamar Lady Cardinals clinched their fifth straight game, 63-49, Saturday afternoon to hand the Islanders their eighth conference loss.

The Islanders sit at 4-8 in the conference and will face UTSA for the second time this season. UTSA garnered a 58-38 victory over the Islanders at the American Bank Center in first round action.

The Roadrunners come into the game on a seven-game losing streak and have lost eight of their last nine. UTSA holds a 7-18 overall record and are 3-9 in the conference, with wins over the Islanders, Texas State and Stephen F. Austin.

Saturday's game will mark the 16th meeting between the two schools, with the Roadrunners holding a 9-6 advantage.

QUICK HITS

• The Islanders are looking to snap a three-game losing streak including a string of four straight road losses.      

Myeisha Myles has tallied 13 double-figure scoring games this season and four double-doubles to lead the Islanders in scoring with 10.7 points per game.

Verne'qua Taylor has 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.

• The Islanders are forcing their opponents to 16.8 turnovers per game.

• 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

Jessica Jammer collected her second back-to-back 13-point scoring game to lead the Islanders, but Lamar powered its way to a 63-49 victory to seal the team's fifth consecutive victory Saturday afternoon at the Montagne Center.

The Islanders were paced by Jammer's 13 points and five rebounds and junior Verne'qua Taylor collected eight points and five assists while tallying three steals. Senior Myeisha Myles powered the glass with a game-high eight rebounds while chipping in five points. The Islanders' bench scored 32 points, behind Jammer's 13, and Trish Amboree added seven points, while junior Damequia Montgomery chipped in six points and seven rebounds.       

SCOUTING THE ROADRUNNERS

UTSA heads into Saturday's game with a 7-18 overall record, 3-9 in conference play and sits at 6-8 on their home court. The Roadrunners are looking to snap a string of seven straight losses.  

UTSA has victories against the Islanders, Texas State and Stephen F. Austin in conference action. On the season, UTSA averages 55.8 points, shoots .343 from the floor (469-of-1368), .287 percent (90-of-380) from three-point range and .658 (366-of-556) from the line.

Individually, the Roadrunners are led by Kamra King with 9.9 points per game. Judy Jones is second on the team with 9.5 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game. Mannasha Bell leads the Roadrunners on the boards with 7.8. 

ALL-TIME SERIES

Saturday's game will mark the 16th meeting between the two schools with the Roadrunners claiming the 9-6 advantage.

The last time the two met up this season was on Jan. 11 in the Islanders conference home opener at the American Bank Center. The Roadrunners claimed a 58-38 victory. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi took the early lead, but saw it quickly evaporate as the UTSA Roadrunners notched their first Southland Conference win of the season.

Brandi Huff led the Islanders with eight points and Myeisha Myles pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds. Imani Dunn and Damequia Montgomery added five points each.

REBOUNDING MACHINE

The Islanders are leading the conference with 28.6 defensive rebounds a game and are fifth in offensive rebounds with 14.6.

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 4.3 defensive rebounds (12th, SLC) and 3.0 offensive rebounds (T-7th, SLC).

The Islanders are 6-3 when they outrebound their opponent and 2-14 when their opponent has more rebounds.

DISTRIBUTOR

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.

LINEUP CHECK

Coach Robinson has used eight different lineups this season. Myeisha Myles and Verne'qua Taylor are the only two Islanders to have started all 25 games. Nine of the 12 players have made their way into the starting lineup. The most times one set lineup has been used is seven games.

BALANCED ATTACK

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 nine. 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.

JAMMIN'

Jessica Jammer has played a pivotal role for the Islanders this season. On the season, Jammer has posted nine double-digit scoring games, with the most recent coming against Lamar when she tallied 13 points. She has also been a factor down the stretch. The junior hit a clutch three-pointer with 32 seconds left to seal the Islanders victory against Jackson State on Dec. 16. Against Indiana, she tallied nine points, five rebounds and one block in 20 minutes.         

Jammer tallied 13 points against Texas State, including the Islanders only three-pointer of the game.

The junior is 10th in the conference with 0.8 blocked shots. On Wednesday against Texas State the junior tied a career high four blocks. Jammer is second on the team with an average of 8.1 points per game (T-28th, SLC) and is third on the team with an average of 21.8 minutes per game. She is second on the team with 37 assists.

UP NEXT

The Islanders will return home to host Stephen F. Austin at the Dugan Wellness Center on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m.