Women's Basketball Travels to Colorado for Omni Hotels Classic
GAME 1: TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (0-4) AT COLORADO (2-0)
Friday, Nov. 23 • 7:30 p.m. MST (8:30 p.m. CST)
GAME 2: TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (0-4) VS. SAN DIEGO STATE (2-1)/AUBURN (3-1)
Saturday, Nov. 24 • 5 p.m./7:30 MST (6 p.m./8:30 p.m. CST)
Coors Events Center (11,064) • Boulder, Colo.
THE OPENING TIP
The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team will travel to Boulder, Colo. for the first time in program history to compete in the two-day Omni Hotels Classic. First up for the Islanders is a Friday night contest against host Colorado from the Pac-12. The Buffs and Islanders will meet just for the second time in school history. On Saturday, the Islanders will face the winner/loser of the San Diego State and Auburn matchup.
The Islanders are looking for their first victory of the season after dropping their first four contests, including two on the road. The Islanders are coming off an 11-point loss to Big Ten Indiana at home on Monday.
Head Coach Royce Chadwick is in his first year as the Islanders' Head Coach. Chadwick, who spent the previous 11 years at the helm of the Marshall University program, has 561 wins on his collegiate coaching resume.
The Islanders are comprised of 10 returning letterwinners and five newcomers which includes three freshmen and two transfers. The Islanders finished the 2011-12 with a 9-20 record and 5-11 in the conference.
The Buffs are 2-0 after a 70-65 victory at home against Idaho to open the season and a 78-55 victory at Kansas City on Sunday.
•Junior Alisa Roberts came off the bench on Monday vs. Indiana to score a season-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
•Freshman Janae Blount tallied nine points vs. Indiana, one short of registering her fourth consecutive double-figure scoring game. She leads the team with 11.5 points per game.
•Texas A&M - Corpus Christi has made it to the charity stripe 84 times this season and are shooting .679 percent from the line compared to their opponents' .638 percent
•Coach Chadwick has used the same starting five of Ashanti Plummer, Ashley Darley, Janae Blount, Jessica Jammer and Taryn Gregory in three out of the four games this season. Darley is the only one to make starts in all four games this season.
• The two-day classic will mark the third time in program history the Islanders have competed over the Thanksgiving weekend.
•Verne'qua Taylor dished out 141 assists in 2011-12 which set the Islanders' all-time assist record as a junior. She led the Southland Conference in assist average with 4.9 per game.
• In 20 years at the Division I level, Chadwick holds a 365-237 (.606) record and seven NCAA Tournament appearances.
SCOUTING THE BUFFS
The Islanders and Buffs meet for just the second time in program history. Colorado holds the 1-0 advantage after a 71-58 victory last season in the Coastal Bend.
Jessica Jammer tallied a game-high 22 points, including 10-of-13 at the charity stripe and grabbed six rebounds. Verne'qua Taylor chipped in nine points.
This season, the Buffs are 2-0. Colorado topped Idaho, 70-65, to open the season and then picked up a 78-55 at Kansas City on Monday.
Colorado is averaging 74.0 points per game behind Arielle Roberson's 19.5 points per game. Brittany Wilson is second on the team with 12.5 points per game. Meagan Malcolm-Peck leads the glass with 8.0 rebounds per game.
SCOUTING THE AZTECS/TIGERS
If the Islanders were to face the Aztecs, it would mark the third meeting between the two schools. San Diego State holds the 2-0 advantage. In 2000, the Aztecs sealed a 57-52 victory at home and followed it with a 67-59 victory in 2001 in Corpus Christi.
San Diego State holds a 2-1 record with victories against UC Irvine and CSUDH at home. The Aztecs dropped a season-opener road loss to UCLA.
If the Islanders were to face Auburn, it would mark the first time in program history. The Tigers hold a 3-1 record with victories against Maine, Alabama State and Alabama A&M. Auburn's only loss came at NC State.
The Islanders were picked to finish eighth in the Southland Conference Coaches' Poll after finishing with a 5-11 conference record last season.
BE BLUNT ABOUT IT
Freshman guard Janae Blount is leading the Islanders with 11.5 points per game in 25.5 minutes per game. She has scored in double figures in three out of the four games this season and has made starts in three out of the four. The Washington, D.C. native is also 12-for-15 from the line. She scored a team-high 14 points and went 3-for-5 from behind the arc in the Islanders' season opener vs. Belmont.
Joining Blount is freshman post Ashanti Plummer who has added some inside presence after averaging 18.1 points per game during her senior season of high school. She also pulled down 13.6 rebounds. Freshman Zenobia Winbush and junior transfer Morgan Schwartz have added height to the Islanders roster. Schwartz transferred from Midland CC where she played two seasons under head coach Ron Jones. Rounding out the newcomers is Janae Lyde who is a sophomore transfer from Texas Southern and will sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules.
In the exhibition, Plummer led the newcomers with nine points and five rebounds. Schwartz also chipped in with five rebounds.
Ashley Darley is back after sitting out last season with a medical redshirt. The redshirt junior has made starts in all four of the Islanders' games. She is second on the team with 7.5 points per game in 19.8 minutes per game. She has also chipped in a team-high eight steals. The Corpus Christi native scored eight points in the season opener vs. Belmont and recorded a team-high 17 points, one shy of her career best at UTPA. She also chipped in a game-high five steals.
Joining Darley is junior Alisa Roberts, who is third on the team out of the returners with 7.0 points.
Leading the boards are Jessica Jammer with 6.3 rebounds per game and Brandi Huff is second with 4.8 per game.
The Islanders also return last season's conference assist leader Verne'qua Taylor and guards Marquesha Anderson-Sparks, Imani Dunn, Taryn Gregory, Trish Amboree and Sarah Alva, along with forward Damequia Montgomery.
Royce Chadwick is the fourth coach in Islanders' history to make his debut on the sidelines. He holds 561 wins on his collegiate coaching resume and seven NCAA Tournament bids. Chadwick is familiar with the Southland Conference after coaching stints at Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State. He holds a .829 career winning percentage in Southland Conference games. Chadwick was named the Southland Coach of the Year in 1997. He has 28 years of experience coaching women's college basketball and four career wins in the NCAA Tournament.
Roxanne White joins Chadwick on the sidelines as the Islanders' Associate Head Coach. White served on Chadwick's staffs at Marshall and Stephen F. Austin. White was Marshall's recruiting coordinator for all 11 years she was at the school and was the associate head coach for 10 of those seasons. The Stephen F. Austin alumna was an assistant for Chadwick for five years at SFA and also spent a year with Texas A&M.
Darren Brunson also makes his Islanders' coaching debut this season as the Islanders Assistant Coach. Brunson comes to the Island University after spending the past three years as the associate head coach and team's recruiting coordinator at Texas Southern.
Geoff Grawn joins the three of them on the sidelines and enters his 11th season on the Islanders' staff as an assistant coach.
The Islanders will host Texas - Pan American on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the American Bank Center. It will mark the second meeting between the two schools this season. The Broncs notched the first meeting, 77-65 in Edinburg on Nov .13 in the Islanders' second game of the season. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi led by eight points at the half before UTPA outscored the Islanders 54-34 in the second half.