GRAMBLING, La. – After a pair of close calls in its last two road games, the Nicholls State University women’s basketball team secured its first road win of the season Tuesday night as the Colonels defeated Grambling, 71-60, behind a season-high 21 points from senior Emani White.
White, who redshirted last season due to an injury and missed a third of the games in 2014-15, put together her best scoring effort since her 37-point showing in the home opener of 2014. White sank 5-of-11 3-pointers to lead four Colonels in double figures. Tykeria Williams and Cassidy Barrios scored 13 points each, and Taylor Morrison added 11.
The Colonels shot 45 percent from the field compared to 50 percent by Grambling (1-6), but the defense continued to force turnovers. Nicholls entered the game ranked fifth in the NCAA in turnovers forced per game at 25.8, and the defense recorded 13 steals off of 25 turnovers. Hope Pawlowski (9 points) added four more steals to her national leading mark and White chipped in with four steals as well.
Nicholls led for most of the first half before an impressive 14-0 run that carried over into the second half put the Colonels in control. Down by one with 1:23 left in the first period, White started a 3-point clinic to put Nicholls up heading into the break. Following the intermission, Williams, Barrios and White all sank triples for a 42-29 lead.
The Colonels led by as much as 14 in the third before Grambling chipped away at the deficit and eventually tied the game at 53-all with seven minutes remaining in the game.
After the teams traded baskets, Williams scored the go-ahead bucket at the four-minute mark and White and Pawlowski drilled 3-pointers for a 65-57 advantage. Jazmine Boyd, who scored 21 for Grambling, answered with a 3-ball but the Colonels scored the final six points to leave with the victory.
Nicholls will have 10 days off before returning to action at Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Dec. 10. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.