WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Nicholls cruises to victory over SUNO on record night

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THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University women’s basketball team saw a pair of milestones reached in a 94-61 victory over SUNO Monday night in Stopher Gymnasium.

Head Coach DoBee Plaisance notched her 300th career victory, while senior guard Tykeria Williams became the 16th player in team history to surpass 1,000 points in a career. In her 12th season, Plaisance is responsible for nearly half of the program’s 1,000-point scorers as Williams is the seventh Plaisance recruit to reach the plateau.

Williams was one of six Colonels to score in double figures against SUNO (2-5), finishing with 12 points, four rebounds and three steals. Airi Hamilton and Lauryn Bowie each scored a team-high 16 points, while Loan-Anh Johnson chipped in with 13. Freshman Chelsea Cain added 10 while her classmate Terris McKay had 10 assists and seven points.

Like in last Monday’s home opener, Nicholls did not need much time to grab an early lead. The Colonels scored the game’s first 10 points and led by as much as 19 in the quarter. The Red and Gray then outscored SUNO in the second to take a commanding 48-21 advantage into the intermission.

SUNO found its offense in the second half and Nicholls only edged the visitors by three points in each of the final two quarters.

The Colonels continued their stellar play at home, winning seven straight in Thibodaux and 18 of their last 19. The defense caused 31 miscues in the victory, resulting in a 47-7 advantage in points off turnovers. Mann led the defense with four steals.

Nicholls will play its next three games on the road, starting next weekend in the JU Thanksgiving Classic in Jacksonville, Fla. The Colonels will take on host Jacksonville University on Friday, Nov. 29, before playing North Florida on Saturday.

For more information on Nicholls women’s basketball, follow the team on Twitter (@Nicholls_WBB).

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