Colonels' late rally falls short against North Florida – Houma Courier
Nicholls Sports Information
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After a competitive first half, the Nicholls State University women’s basketball team was doubled up in the third quarter against North Florida, but the Colonels rallied late to make it a one point game before coming up short, 77-74, Saturday in the Jacksonville Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday.
The Colonels (2-4) were down 30-26 at the break, but the Ospreys (4-3) scored 26 in the third to take a commanding 17-point lead. Nicholls cut the deficit to single digits in the final minutes but was unable to capture its first road win of the season.
Nicholls freshman Tykeria Williams scored a team-high 19 points and had seven steals, while Cassidy Barrios had 16 points on 5-of-9 from the field. Hope Pawlowski recorded 12 points and five steals and Taylor Morrison finished with 10 points.
Nicholls shot 40 percent from the field, while North Florida finished at 55 percent. For the second straight game, the Colonels had trouble slowing down the opponent’s top scorer from 3-point range as Claire Ioannidis scored a game-high 28 points and was 7-of-10 from behind the arc.
The Colonels led late in the first quarter, helped by three early 3-pointers, but never regained the advantage. Early in the third, the Ospreys made a pair of 3s to extend their advantage to 40-28. Nicholls fell behind by as much as 16 in the second half before mounting its comeback.
The Colonels cut it to single digits late in the fourth before a 3-pointer by Ioannidis looked to have put the game away at 73-61 with 2:38 on the clock. Nicholls answered with five free throws before three consecutive layups by Pawlowski cut the deficit to 75-72 with nine seconds to go.
Williams then picked up a steal and a layup to make