Surging Islanders women only half-game out of first place

Islanders senior guard Dalesia Booth
Posted at 6:48 PM, Feb 24, 2020

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — It’s been a historic season for the Islander women's basketball team.

For the first time ever, they have won more than 12 conference games

And with four regular-season games still to play, they can shatter that record.

The Isles currently are 13-3 in the Southland Conference and 19-7 overall.

Conference-leading Stephen F. Austin lost over the weekend, so the Islanders are now just a half game out of first place.

With five senior starters, the Islanders have been poised for this late season surge. It’s understandable considering the five senior starters have been starting since their freshman season.

“It has been so good because we know each other so well,” Islanders guard Emma Coleman-O’Brien said. “Playing together for four years certainly has its advantages. It is so much easier when things get tough. We have learned to stay calm and we are going to be fine.”

His team’s resiliency has been one of its biggest strengths, according to veteran A&M-Corpus Christi coach Royce Chadwick.

“I think they are very gritty,” Chadwick said. “The one thing we try to teach is that things that happen on a basketball court are a lot like life. And when bad things happen you have to show grit, tenacity and keep fighting.

“They have learned that on a basketball court that no matter how bad things get, they feel like they are going to show the tenacity … they are going to pull the game out and they have done it over and over and over again.”

The Islanders will host New Orleans on Wednesday night at the Dugan Center.