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Women’s basketball claims victory in conference tournament
March 2, 2018
The Nicholls State University women’s basketball team won three straight games and earned a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament for the seventh straight season.
After falling to the University of Central Arkansas Bears 60-42 on Feb. 17, the Colonels faced the McNeese State University Cowboys at home Feb. 21 and won 63-51.
Nicholls outscored McNeese 23-2 in the third quarter, and junior guard Cassidy Barrios added another double-double to her season collection with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Next, the Red and Gray flew past the University of New Orleans Privateers 72-48 Feb. 24 at Stopher Gymnasium.
For its annual Pink Game, the Colonels ended the Privateers’ three-game winning streak and needed only one more win to punch their ticket into the Southland Conference Tournament.
They would do so against the Northwestern State University Demons Wednesday at home with an 85-53 victory.
On Senior Day, four Colonels reached double figures, including Barrios, who earned her 14th double-double of the season with 17 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and three blocks.
Senior guard Tia Charles tallied 16 points, six assists and three steals, redshirt senior center Marina Lilly added 12 points and nine rebounds and sophomore guard Tykeria Williams scored 15 points.
The Colonels (15-13, 10-7 SLC) close out the regular season on the road against the Southeastern Louisiana University Lions Saturday.
The game will start at 2 p.m. and then Nicholls will prepare for the conference tournament in Katy, Texas, which is scheduled to take place March 8-11.