Lady Colonels Upend LSU-Shreveport
November 28, 2004
Story Courtesy of Nichols State University Sports information Department 11/28/2004
Thibodaux, La.- The Nicholls State University women’s basketball team had three of its players score in double figures, as they moved past NAIA foe LSU-Shreveport 62-49 on Saturday in Stopher Gym.
Cristin Burdette, Jamie Octave and Nkechi Nwachukwu led the way for Nicholls with several solid individual performances. Burdette ended the day with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while Octave recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Nwachukwu added 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting.
With the win, Nicholls moved to 2-1 overall, while LSU-Shreveport fell to 3-3.
Cook went 1-1 against LSU-Shreveport last season while coaching at Dillard in New Orleans.
“I was very pleased with our guard play this afternoon,” head coach Mark Cook said. “A big key for us was getting on top of them early. We shot for a good percentage and we forced them to make mistakes on offense. I thought our defense played well, and I like how we responded down the stretch when they cut our lead to three points.”
The Lady Colonels began the game by jumping in front of LSU-Shreveport 12-2 thanks to a Burdette 3-pointer at the 16:43 mark.
After a Sharise Richards jumper made the count 27-14 with 4:52 remaining, the Lady Pilots went on a 10-7 run down the stretch to make the halftime score 34-24.
The Lady Colonels started the second half by building their lead up to 41-29. But, LSU-Shreveport rallied back thanks to an 8-0 run that made the count 41-37 at the 14:26 mark.
After cutting the lead to three points, Nicholls answered with a 14-3 run to put the game out of reach.
Leading the way in scoring for LSU-Shreveport were Kendra Monette and Renalda Stafford. Monette finished with 11 points, while Stafford tallied 10.
Nicholls shot 46.2 percent for the game, while limiting the opposition to 37 percent from the field. The Lady Colonels also out rebounded LSU-Shreveport 40-30.
Nicholls will return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 30, when they host the University of Mobile at 5:15 p.m. in non-conference action.