Saturday, March 10, 2018

No. 4 Nicholls upsets No. 1 seed Lamar; advances to Southland tournament title game

Photo by Robert H Kelly
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2018 All Rights Reserved
(game photos will be added later on Saturday, March 10)

KATY, TEXAS (March 10, 2018) The No. 4 Nicholls Colonels, paced by Cassidy Barrios' 27 points, upset the No. 1 seeded Lamar Cardinals by the score of 74-68 in the first semifinal game of the 2018 Southland Conference women's basketball tournament at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. The starting guard, who played her high school ball at Vanderbilt Catholic in Raceland, Louisiana, played the entire game and was 10-of-15 from the floor and 5-of-7 from three-point range. Fellow guards Tia Charles and Tykeria Williams each added 17 points to the Colonels' scoring assault. 

The Cardinals led 38-30 at the half, however Nicholls outscored Lamar 27-9 in the third period to quickly take command of the game and advance to the tournament final on Sunday, March 11 with a 12 noon CT start.

Moe Kinard was the high scorer for Lamar with 21 points, followed by Baileigh O'Dell, who came off the bench, to score 18. Kiandra Bowers tallied 14 points, along with 18 rebounds, to achieve her tenth double-double of the season. The Cardinals end their season with a 22-7 record. Nicholls will face the winner of the Stephen F. Austin vs. Central Arkansas match-up.

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