Islanders Host UT Arlington in Home Finale
UT ARLINGTON (6-20, 4-10 SLC) AT TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (8-19, 4-10)
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team will play their final home game of the season Wednesday night when they host UT Arlington on senior night. The Islanders are looking to snap a five-game losing streak and earn their first conference sweep of the season. The Islanders sit at 8-19 overall and 5-7 at home.
In the Islanders last contest at home against Stephen F. Austin, they led by four at the half and three Islanders tallied double-figure scoring efforts, but Stephen F. Austin's second half outburst topped the Islanders 72-60.Senior Myeisha Myles and junior Alisa Roberts powered the Islanders' offense with 15 points apiece and junior Imani Dunn registered a career-high 10 points.
The Islanders sit at 4-10 in the conference and will face UT Arlington for the second time this season. The Islanders garnered a 61-51 victory over the Mavericks in Arlington in first round action.
The Mavericks come into the game on a two-game losing streak, including dropping their last four out of five games. UTA holds a 6-20 overall record and is tied with the Islanders and UTSA in the West Division with a 9-10 record in the conference.
• The Islanders are looking to snap a five-game losing streak Wednesday night in the Islanders final home game of the season.
• Myeisha Myles has tallied 15 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 has tallied six or more assists in 11 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 17.0 turnovers per 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 four at the half and three Islanders tallied double-figure scoring efforts, but Stephen F. Austin's second half outburst topped the Islanders 72-60 Saturday afternoon at the Dugan Wellness Center.
Senior Myeisha Myles and junior Alisa Roberts powered the Islanders' (8-19, 4-10) offense with 15 points apiece and junior Imani Dunn registered a career-high 10 points. Both Roberts (4-for-7) and Dunn (3-for-3) scored a season-best from behind the arc. Juniors Verne'qua Taylor and Damequia Montgomery led the Islanders on the boards with six apiece and Taylor added six assists, one block and two steals in 36 minutes of play. The Islanders shot 44 percent (22-50) from the field to the Ladyjacks 41.7 (25-60) but SFA came up big on the glass tallying 40 boards to the Islanders 29.
SCOUTING THE MAVERICKS
UT Arlington heads into Wednesday's game with a 6-20 overall record, 9-10 in conference play and sits at 3-7 on the road. The Mavericks have dropped four of their last five, including their last two.
UTA has conference victories over Nicholls State, Texas State, UTSA and Stephen F. Austin
On the season, UT Arlington averages 54.6 points, shoots .360 from the floor (525-of-1457), .247 percent (67-of-271) from three-point range and .701 (303-of-432) from the line.
Individually, the Mavericks are led by Bianca Sauls with 6.7 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game. Sabreena DeNure and Chauntandr Williams are second on the team with 6.4 points per game.
Wednesday's game will mark the 17th meeting between the two schools with the Mavericks claiming the 6-10 advantage.
The last time the two met up this season was on Jan. 18 in Arlington. The Islanders claimed a 61-51 victory. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 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 at Texas Hall in 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.
The Islanders are second in the conference with 27.9 defensive rebounds a game and are sixth in offensive rebounds with 14.1.
Myeisha Myles is leading the team on the glass with 7.1 rebounds per game, which is good for ninth place in the conference. Myles has 4.2 defensive rebounds (13th, SLC) and 2.9 offensive rebounds (9th, SLC).
The Islanders are 6-3 when they outrebound their opponent and 2-16 when their opponent has more rebounds.
Verne'qua Taylor has tallied six or more assists in 11 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 27 games. Nine of the 12 players have made their way into the starting lineup. The most times one set lineup has been used is nine games.
- 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 13 points.
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 7.1 rebounds per game. Myles is second on the team with an average of 25.3 minutes per game.
She sits in third place in the conference with a .511 (120-235) field goal percentage. She is in 18th place with 10.9 points per game and sits in ninth place in rebounds with an average of 7.1 a game. Myles is averaging 0.9 blocks per game which is good for a tie in ninth place. She is in ninth place with 2.9 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 27 games.
- VEGA SQUARED
Joining Myeisha Myles as the lone seniors on the team is Zoe Vega-Vega. She is in her second season after transferring from Daytona State College.
In the Islanders conference opener against McNeese State, the senior stepped her game up, posting her first double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds in her first season start. The senior also tallied two assists, one steal and went 3-of-4 from the charity stripe in a season-high 27 minutes.
In the Islanders first conference victory of the season, Vega-Vega notched a double-double with a career-high 15 points and a career-best 15 rebounds in 34 minutes. Vega-Vega powered the Islanders with her third double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds against Nicholls State in a career-high 35 minutes.
The senior is averaging 5.2 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game in 18.3 minutes per game.
The Islanders will travel to Conway, Ark. to take on Central Arkansas in their final regular season game Saturday, March 3. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.