TAMIU hit the 100-point mark for the first time this season in a 100-95 win over UT-Permian Basin on Jan. 5. It also marked the second 100-point outing in the two-year history of the program.
The Dustdevils defeated Southwestern Assemblies, 100-84, last season ... Freshman Gabe Weinholtz dished out a season-high six assists in Saturday's win over Wiley College.
He also scored in double-figures for the second time this season, finishing with 11 points. Weinholtz contributed a season-high 15 points in a two-point loss at Wayland Baptist on Jan. 1 ... Senior Kyle Edwards ranks third in the Red River Athletic Conference in blocked shots (1.9 blocks per game) and fourth in rebounding (8.1 rpg). He has registered a school single-game record five blocks in two games this season, most recently against UT-Permian Basin. Edwards also has four double-figure rebounding outings to his credit this season.
The Week Ahead
Texas A&M International University has only one game on the schedule this week, a non-conference home tilt against Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday. TAMUK, a NCAA Division II member of the Lone Star Conference, enters play this week with a 3-10 overall record and a five-game losing streak.
TAMIU has an 1-5 all-time record against NCAA D II opponents with the win coming earlier this season against St. Edward's.
Freshman Starting To Emerge
Freshman Nicole Gipson has started to emerge as a defensive force for the Dustdevils. She has recorded back-to-back double-figure rebounding outings, starting with a TAMIU single-game record 19 boards against Wiley College last Saturday. Gipson followed up that record-setting performance with a 10-rebound effort against Jarvis Christian on Monday.
Overall, she is tied for the team lead in rebounding with Vanessa Villarreal (6.6 rebounds per game) while ranking first on the squad in blocked shots (1.8 bpg). Gipson has blocked four shots in a game twice this season, tieing a school-game record established by Nyibol Bior last season.
The Program & Head Coach
The Texas A&M International University women's basketball team is competing as a second year program as members of the NAIA and Red River Athletic Conference. Head coach Marc García (Trinity, 1993) began the task of building a new program in September, 2002.
He guided the Dustdevils to a 14-20 overall record in their inaugural season of competition, including a 13-5 mark over the final 18 games. TAMIU finished fifth in the RRAC regular season standings with a 12-10 record before advancing to the semifinal round of the conference postseason tournament. García has a career and school record of 21-27.
Junior Gloria Miller recorded a season-high seven assists in Monday's win over Jarvis Christian. She registered a career-high eight assists three times last season.
... TAMIU has out-rebounded its opponent in three straight games, marking the first time that has been accomplished in the program's history. The Dustdevils were plus 10 rebounds against UT-Permian Basin, plus two against Wiley College and plus five against Jarvis Christian.
Previously TAMIU had rebounded its opponent in back-to-back games twice, one last season and once earlier this season.