WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Colonels women’s hoops unable to keep pace with UCA
THIBODAUX, La. – Facing the nation’s second-best scoring defense, the Nicholls State University women’s basketball team battled to a tie at the half, but Central Arkansas caught fire after the break by hitting 7-of-9 3-pointers to hand the Colonels a 69-48 loss Saturday afternoon in Stopher Gym.
With the setback, Nicholls slipped to 8-9 overall and 3-3 in the Southland. Central Arkansas remained perfect in league play at 6-0 and improved to 13-4 on the season. The win was also the fourth-straight in the series for the Sugar Bears.
Tia Charles scored 14 points for the Colonels on 6-of-11 shooting, while Cassidy Barrios and Tykeria Williams each scored 11. Nicholls shot 45 percent for the game and UCA was at 47 percent, but a blistering third quarter for the visitors helped them pull away.
After the game was tied at 25 at the break, UCA shot 9 of 12 in the third quarter and hit four 3-pointers to double up the Colonels in the frame, 24-12. Antonija Bozic came off the bench and hit four from long range in the period and UCA never looked back.
The Colonels had trouble slowing down Kamry Orr, who finished with a career-high 32 points and was 4 of 8 from 3-point range. A total of four UCA players reached double figures in the win.
It was a back-and-forth affair in the first half, with UCA jumping out to a 13-9 advantage after a 5-0 run. Trailing 15-10, Nicholls scored six straight to regain the lead as Marina Lilly scored four points and Kinzie Heineman picked up a steal and found Charles for a layup.
UCA went back up by five points before the break, but a late bucket by Charles inside tied the game at 25.
In the third, Bozic’s triples led to a 37-31 advantage and UCA then put together a 13-0 run that ran into the fourth quarter. Orr hit two from long range to cap the run as UCA remained undefeated in league play.
Averaging nearly 12 steals a game, Nicholls had just four in the loss. The Colonels were also outrebounded by UCA, 33-17.
Nicholls heads back to Texas for a Wednesday (Jan. 17) matchup against the Islanders of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Colonels will then have the weekend off before returning home on Jan. 24 against Lamar.