STEPHEN F. AUSTIN (19-7, 9-4 SLC) AT TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (8-18, 4-9)
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team returns to the Dugan Wellness Center for the final time this season Saturday to host Stephen F. Austin. The Islanders are looking to snap a four-game losing streak. The Islanders sit at 8-18 overall and 5-6 at home, including a 1-2 record at the Dugan Wellness Center.
In the Islanders last contest, senior Myeisha Myles powered the Islanders with 13 points and four rebounds and junior Jessica Jammer tallied her 10th double-figure scoring game with 12 points, two blocks and three steals.
The Islanders sit at 4-9 in the conference and will face Stephen F. Austin for the second time this season. SFA garnered a 69-57 victory over the Islanders in Nacogdoches in first round action.
The Ladyjacks come into the game on a four-game winning streak, with three of the wins coming on SFA's home court. SFA holds a 19-7 overall record and sits at 9-4 in the conference, which is tied for first place in the West Division with Sam Houston State and tied for third overall behind Central Arkansas and McNeese State.
• The Islanders are looking to snap a four-game losing streak.
• Myeisha Myles has tallied 14 double-figure scoring games this season and four double-doubles to lead the Islanders in scoring with 10.8 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 4.8 assists a game.
• The Islanders are forcing their opponents to 17.1 turnovers per game.
• The Islanders are leading the conference with 28.0 defensive rebounds a game.
• Head Coach Robert Robinson has used eight different starting lineups this season.
LAST TIME OUT
The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team led by as many as nine in the first half, but couldn't overcome a second half surge by UTSA, falling 72-58 Wednesday night at the Convocation Center. The Islanders dropped their fifth consecutive road game and fourth straight loss of the season to move to 8-18 and 4-9 in the Southland Conference.
Senior Myeisha Myles powered the Islanders with 13 points and four rebounds and junior Jessica Jammer tallied her 10th double-figure scoring game with 12 points, two blocks and three steals. The Islanders' bench outscored UTSA's bench 25-3 and scored 32 of their 58 points in the paint.
SCOUTING THE LADYJACKS
SFA heads into Saturday's game with a 19-7 overall record, 9-4 in conference play and sits at 10-2 on their home court. The Roadrunners are on a four-game winning streak, with three of the victories coming at home.
UTSA has only dropped conference games to Nicholls State, Texas State, UT Arlington and UTSA. On the season, SFA averages 64.2 points, shoots .375 from the floor (579-of-1545), .319 percent (167-of-524) from three-point range and .642 (343-of-534) from the line.
Individually, the Ladyjacks are led by Tammara Marion with 15.1 points per game. Porsha Roberts is second on the team with 8.1 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game. Amina Sawyer is tied with Roberts with 5.8 rebounds per game to lead the Islanders on the glass.
Saturday's game will mark the 13th meeting between the two schools with the Ladyjacks claiming the 2-10 advantage.
The last time the two met up this season was on Jan. 28 in Nacogdoches. The Ladyjacks claimed a 69-57 victory. The Islanders 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 in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Junior Alisa Roberts led the Islanders with her fifth double-digit scoring game with 17 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 from behind the charity stripe and three from behind the arc. Junior Verne'qua Taylor scored 10 points and tallied six rebounds and eight assists, one shy of her career best. Taylor scored 10 of the Islanders 22 second half points and Roberts tallied seven of them.
The Islanders are leading the conference with 28.0 defensive rebounds a game and are sixth in offensive rebounds with 14.5.
Myeisha Myles is leading the team on the glass with 7.2 rebounds per game, which is good for ninth place in the conference. Myles has 4.2 defensive rebounds (12th, SLC) and 3.0 offensive rebounds (8th, SLC).
The Islanders are 6-3 when they outrebound their opponent and 2-15 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 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.
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 1-8 when at least two have posted double-digit scoring efforts.
Myles leads the Islanders with 14 double-figure scoring games, Taylor has nine while Jammer has 10th. 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.
Jessica Jammer has played a pivotal role for the Islanders this season. On the season, Jammer has posted 10th double-digit scoring games, with the most recent coming against UTSA when she tallied 12 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 tied for ninth in the conference with 0.9 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 8.3 points per game (T-27th, 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.
The Islanders will host their final home game of the season at the American Bank Center on Wednesday, Feb. 29, against UT Arlington at 7 p.m.