WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Balanced scoring effort lifts Nicholls past Jackson State, 90-64
JACKSON, Miss. – The Nicholls State University women’s basketball team reached a season-high in points and had five players score in double figures, as the Colonels ran away from Jackson State, 90-64, Saturday afternoon.
Jackson State (4-2) played at a frantic tempo and the Colonels responded by shooting 50 percent from the field. Sophomore Tykeria Williams scored a team-high 16 points for the Colonels, but it was the defense that led to a large lead in the second quarter. After the game was tied at 17 through the opening 10 minutes, Nicholls (4-4) held JSU to 4 of 20 shooting in the period and grabbed a 40-29 advantage at the break.
The second half was much of the same as the fast pace led to turnovers and easy buckets for Nicholls. Off of a missed shot, Williams hit Airi Hamilton for a layup and a double-digit lead at 44-34, and the deficit was never single digits for the rest of the day.
Tia Charles had a strong effort in the win, scoring 14 points on 5 of 10 from the field. Marina Lilly and Destiny Collins each scored 13, while Cassidy Barrios had 12 points and five steals.
Both teams combined for 42 turnovers, with Nicholls holding a 24-15 edge in points scored off the miscues. The Tigers totaled 79 shots in the loss, making just 32 percent and 3 of 25 from behind the arc. The Colonels were efficient in their 3-point shooting, hitting 6 of 16 – led by Williams with three.
Jackson State was led by 20 points from Derica Wiggins, who finished 8 of 27 from the field.
The win marked the second-straight for the Colonels over JSU. Nicholls defeated Jackson State last season in Thibodaux, 83-76.
Nicholls will have some time off for final exams before returning to action Friday, Dec. 15 at Mississippi Valley State.