Colonels women roll past Abilene Christian, 81-60

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THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls State University women’s basketball team put together one of its best performances of the season as the Colonels led wire-to-wire in an 81-60 victory over Abilene Christian Wednesday night in Stopher Gymnasium.

The win improved the Colonels’ record to 10-12 overall and 5-6 in the Southland. It was also the first win at home this season in league play and first in Thibodaux in the series against ACU (14-8, 8-4 SLC) which had won all three in Stopher.

Junior guard Cassidy Barrios led the assault, hitting 9 of 13 from the field for a game-high 26 points. She totaled 11 rebounds for her 11th double-double as Nicholls dominated the glass with a 40-25 advantage in rebounding. Tykeria Williams finished with 15 points, and Airi Hamilton scored 13 on 5-of-6 shooting. As a team, Nicholls shot 52 percent from the field while limiting ACU to 39 percent. The 60 points allowed was the fifth-lowest point total for a Nicholls opponent this season.

It did not take long for the Colonels to set the tone as Barrios scored five seconds in on a layup after Marina Lilly won the opening tip. Lilly was a force inside all night, collecting six offensive rebounds and 11 total for the game while adding seven points.

The Colonels doubled their lead in the quarter when Williams thread the needle with a pass to Hamilton, who scored to make it 12-6. But the 3-ball kept the visitors in the game as four different Wildcats connected from downtown as Nicholls ended the quarter with a 21-18 lead.

Nicholls saw its first double-digit lead of the night when Williams drained a 3-pointer for a 38-28 advantage. Williams had a tremendous first half, scoring all 15 of her points to give the Colonels a 41-33 lead at the break. Williams hit three 3-pointers, but it was an old-fashioned 3-point play by Barrios that sent Nicholls into the locker room with the eight-point lead.

Hamilton was the star of the third quarter, making all three of her field goal attempts. Nicholls doubled up ACU in the frame to go up 59-42.

In the fourth, Barrios caught fire and was perfect from behind the arc, going 3-for-3. After Barrios scored to open the third quarter, the Colonel lead was double-digits for the rest of the night and swelled to as much as 24 before the Wildcats hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds.

The offense was full throttle all game as the Colonels had 23 fast break points and dished out 20 assists on 29 made field goals, led by senior Tia Charles with nine. Williams also added six helpers and Charles had three of the Colonels’ 10 steals. All 10 Colonels that played scored at least two points.

ACU hit 10 3-pointers in the game and was led by 14 points from Dominique Golightly.

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The women will play the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at home against HBU. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m., and the men’s game will follow at 3 p.m.

For the latest news on Colonel women’s basketball, follow the team on Twitter @Nicholls_WBB.

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