Nicholls Women’s Basketball: Colonels’ streak snapped at Tulane but Barrios reaches milestone

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NEW ORLEANS – The Nicholls State University women’s basketball team struggled offensively against Tulane Tuesday night as the Colonels were limited to 24 percent shooting in a 71-46 loss at Fogelman Arena.

With the defeat, Nicholls snapped its four-game winning streak and fell to 4-5 on the season. The Green Wave improved to 7-1 and have won the last 15 meetings in the all-time series.

Nicholls made only 14 of 58 from the floor as Tulane contested shot after shot. The Green Wave swatted away 11 attempts, which was their most blocks since January of 2016.

Senior Cassidy Barrios led all players with 20 points and added 12 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. Barrios also became just the third player in program history to eclipse 1,500 career points as she scored on a putback in the opening minutes to put her over the mark.

Her bucket made the score 9-5 Tulane, and it was the first two-pointer of the game. The Green Wave sank three for a 9-0 lead before Kinzie Heineman beat the shot-clock with a 3 of her own. But the Tulane defense blocked six shots in the first quarter and held Nicholls to 3 of 20 from the field.

Both offenses picked it up in the second quarter, but the Colonels still trailed by double figures, 38-24 at the intermission

Early in the third, Nicholls picked up the intensity and threatened to cut the deficit to single digits, but the Green Wave answered with an 11-2 spurt, capped on their ninth 3-pointer of the night. For then on, the lead stayed around 20 points for the home team.

The Wave defense forced 18 Colonel turnovers, which led to a significant 25-3 advantage in points off turnovers. Sierra Cheatham paced Tulane with 14 points and four 3-pointers.

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Nicholls heads north to take on ULM on Friday, Dec. 14. Tipoff against the Warhawks is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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