THIBODAUX, La. – Junior Taryn Gregory recorded a season-high nine points and three Islanders (1-17, 0-7 SLC) chipped in eight apiece but it wasn't enough as Nicholls State (12-6, 4-3 SLC) was paced by three players in double figures to lift them to a 70-53 victory Thursday night at Stopher Gym.
Gregory paced the Islanders while Brandi Huff, Ashley Darley and Imani Dunn each chipped in eight points apiece. The Islanders notched the 41-35 advantage on the boards with the help of Huff's seven and Darley matched her season-high of eight.
Alisha Allen tallied 20 points to lead all scorers while Emani White added 17 and KK Babin added 12 to guide the Colonels.
Nicholls State jumped on board first before Janae Blount dished it to Dunn for a three from the left wing. Nicholls State pushed ahead by four on a 5-0 run. After a Blount three pointer, the Colonels nailed a layup before Ashanti Plummer sank a free throw. Nicholls State built an eight-point lead on a 10-4 run with 11 to play in the half.
After back-to-back three pointers by the Colonels, the two teams traded baskets back-and-forth before Dunn ignited a 5-0 run with a jumper and a three pointer to pull the Islanders within three with eight to play in the half. However Nicholls State responded with a 9-2 run to pad the lead to 10. After a Plummer putback, the Colonels put together a 5-0 run to take a 13-point cushion.
The Islanders finished the half on a 7-2 run with baskets by Huff, Plummer and Darley to trim the deficit to eight. Nicholls State headed into the locker room ahead 35-27 on 40 percent shooting from the field. Dunn paced the Islanders with eight points and Plummer added six. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi notched the 22-19 advantage on the boards. Allen led all scorers with 12 points.
Nicholls State gained momentum out of the half to put together a 7-2 run. After trading baskets, Gregory put together a 7-0 run with a three and two jumpers to pull the Islanders within six with 12:30 to play.
After back-to-back buckets by the Colonels the two traded baskets back and forth until Huff grabbed a put back. Nicholls State built a 59-42 lead on a 9-0 run over the next two minutes before Gregory jumped on board with a jumper. After two points from Babin at the charity stripe Darley chipped in four points. Nicholls State answered with a 4-0 run of their own before Blount triggered her second three of the game and Jammer hit a jumper to pull the Islanders within 12. However, the Colonels capped the scoring on a 5-0 run as time expired.
The Islanders will remain on the road to take on Southeastern La. in Hammond, La. on Saturday, Jan. 26. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.
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