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Islanders’ women’s hoop returns to friendly confines to start 3-game homestand

Posted: 6:54 PM, Jan 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-08 20:02:33-05

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women’s basketball team returns to the Dugan Center Wednesday when they resume Southland Conference play against Northwestern State.

The 7-6 Islanders love playing there.

The Dugan is on campus and the Islanders have enjoyed a lot of success there over the years.

Away from the American Bank Center, the women are 2-1 at the Dugan this year.

The Islanders are coming off a tough 76-58 loss at Lamar Saturday, dropping them to 1-1 in conference play.

So it’s back to campus Wednesday and that makes their coach Royce Chadwick very happy.

“In the Dugan, we have a very good winning percentage. I feel good about when we walk into this gym and the enthusiasm we have and the opportunities we have,” Chadwick said. “We practice here so our girls feel at home it’s a situation where it’s your backyard, it’s the gym you practice in every day.

“It’s the gym if you want to get shots up, you come and get shots up. It’s your home court and I think it just feels different. It’s like your easy chair at home. When you sit in your easy chair at home, this is my spot.”

A&M-Corpus Christi’s junior guard Dae Dae Evans believes the Islanders will be ready for the 6-7 Lady Demons.

“I would say this one tomorrow will be a good bounce-back game from Lamar’s game, but I believe we have to keep our poise,” said Evans, who went for a team-high 18 points against Lamar. “I think when we are playing well, we keep our composure and we stay aggressive. We have heart and keep our minds in the game.”

It should be a fun one to watch. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.