No. 6 Islanders’ High-Tide Offense Washes Over No. 3 Nicholls

May 31, 2020

first_imgChadwick’s team achieved its biggest goal – stopping three-time All-Southland guard Cassidy Barrios. The heart and soul of Nicholls’ (20-11) team, Barrios was held to 1-for-9 shooting in the first half as the 2018 Southland Conference Tournament MVP finished with only 11 points on 2-for-17 field goal attempts, despite adding seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.“We just weren’t hitting shots like we usually do,” said Barrios, who streak of scoring at least 20 points was snapped at four games. Her scoring output matched season-low, which came against Texas Southern on November 24.Much of the credit in stopping Barrios came from All-Defensive selection Alexes Bryant, whose size and speed helped to disrupt Nicholls’ all-time leading scorer, who was held without a three-pointer for only the third time this season.The Islanders shot just 32 percent from the field, but their aggressive nature on the glass made up for their struggles. Making the most of a whopping 24 offensive rebounds, A&M-CC scored 25 points off second chances while also turning 16 Colonels turnovers into 23 points.“We didn’t lose (Friday),” said Nicholls coach DoBee Plaisance. “There were a lot of lessons, and I’m in a place with these kids that, no matter what, we’re always, always going to be in that number. It was a tough one (Friday) and there’s certainly some things we could have done better, but I feel like we played hard.”The Islanders never trailed after Bryant – who finished with 14 points and seven rebounds – scored off an Emma Young pass to give them a 4-2 lead with 6:53 left in the first quarter. A&M-Corpus Christi took a 33-26 lead into intermission and were able to stretch the lead to as much as 16 points early in the third quarter before the Colonels worked back into striking distance at 49-40 with 3:12 left in the quarter.WBB: Young feeds Booth, and this @islanderswbb team is rolling. 58-43 advantage now over @nicholls_WBB. 7:48 remains in regulation. Winner gets @SFA_WBB Saturday.?? https://t.co/5nVFM9IfxF ???? @espn apps #GeauxColonels #ShakasUp #SouthlandStrong ?? #ChampWeek pic.twitter.com/tEn4qlk8O9— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 15, 2019 Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas – Almost two months had passed since Texas A&M-Corpus Christi endured an 85-55 loss at Nicholls. On Friday, the Islanders showed the defending Southland Conference women’s basketball tournament champions that they were a different team than the one that day in Thibodaux, La.The sixth-seed Islanders kept their tournament championship dreams alive and dashed the hopes of a repeat for the No. 3-seed Colonels with a 69-56 victory at the Merrell Center on Friday afternoon. The win places A&M-Corpus Christi (16-15) into Saturday’s semifinal matchup against No. 2-seed Stephen F. Austin at 3:30 p.m. CT.“I thought our defense was once again March-ish,” said Islanders coach Royce Chadwick. “I thought we did the things that we had to do to play team schemes. Nicholls had a bad shooting night and we coupled that with our good defense. I thought it played into our hands.”WBB: After losing to Nicholls by 30 in the regular season, @IslandersWBB pulled off an impressive upset today. They’re into the tournament semifinals. Time to grab the team magnet and run to the big backstage bracket! #ShakasUp #SouthlandStrong ?? #ChampWeek pic.twitter.com/bZaeO5ED3d— #SouthlandStrong (@SouthlandSports) March 15, 2019 Corpus Christi sealed the win with a 12-3 stretch that helped give them a 60-43 cushion with 7:22 left. At that point, Barrios had just one field goal as the Colonels struggled to find an offensive pulse without her.Trailing 61-43 with 5:35 left, the defending champs made one last push with a 9-0 run that closed the margin to nine with just under three minutes to play. The Colonels appeared on the verge of cutting the gap further before Young’s block of Airi Hamilton’s layup attempt triggered a fast break that led to Bryant’s layup on the other end with 2:12 remaining that proved to be the knockout blow.last_img

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