Colonels cruise past William Carey, 86-45

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THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls State University women’s basketball team lit up the scoreboard for 30 points in the first quarter to take a commanding lead over William Carey and the Colonels went on to stay undefeated at home with an 86-45 victory Friday afternoon in Stopher Gymnasium.

With the win, Nicholls wrapped up its non-conference schedule with a 6-6 record. The six victories are the most before Southland play since 2012 when the Colonels won eight games.

Senior Cassidy Barrios posted her second consecutive 18-point, 13-rebound effort, but also flirted with her second triple-double of the season as she finished with eight assists in just 27 minutes. Freshman Adrian Mann and sophomore Destiny Collins joined her in double figures with 12 points each. All 12 players on the active roster scored and played at least nine minutes.

Nicholls finished at 50 percent shooting for the game but made a blistering 10 of 14 from the field in the first quarter as they led 30-6 after the opening 10 minutes. William Carey (2-5) made only one bucket in the first, shooting 1 of 13 from the floor.

The Colonels had eight assists on their 10 made shots, with Barrios recording six. She had her eighth double-double of the season by halftime with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists, but picked up just one helper in limited minutes in the second half. Nicholls led 54-17 at the intermission.

The Red and Gray sank a season-high 10 3-pointers at 47.6 percent. Barrios, Collins, Tykeria Williams and Kinzie Heineman each made two from long range. Nicholls also set season highs in free throws made (18) and attempted (25).

William Carey was led by Tariah Mouton and Jada Jones with eight points apiece. Mouton also had five steals and three assists.

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Nicholls will have the rest of the year off before starting Southland Conference play at home against Northwestern State on Jan. 2. Tipoff at Stopher Gym is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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