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Nicholls State, McNeese State advance in Southland Conference women's tournament

The Southland Conference kicked off their women’s basketball tournament on Thursday, March 13, 2014 with two games at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas, outside of Houston.

The Southland Conference tournament will continue through Sunday, March 16, 2014 at the Merrell Center in the Houston suburb of Katy, Texas.
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Game one saw the No. 5 Nicholls State Colonels, as a result of sophomore Emani White’s 24 points, down the No. 8 Oral Roberts Golden Eagles by the score of 77-66.

With the win, the Colonels advanced to the quarterfinal round against No. 3 Northwestern State on Friday, March 14.

In the post game press conference, Babin commented on the duo’s performance:

“We both have the ability to influence the team. I guess the hard part was learning how to feed off each other so we can make each other better.”

For Oral Roberts, Christian Key scored 16 points, with Kaylan Mayberry contributing 15.

The Golden Eagles finish the season with a 9-20 record.

The second game had the No. 6 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders playing the No. 7 McNeese State Cowgirls.

Behind the shooting of Allison Baggett, the Cowgirls downed the Islanders by the score of 78-73.

With the win, the McNeese will play No. 3 Central Arkansas in the next round.

The game was relatively close, with McNeese coming back from a 57-49 deficit with 14:25 remaining in the game.

Baggett scored 27 points for McNeese, with NeTanya Jones and Jayln Johnson chipping in 17 each.

The Islanders had five players in double figures with Jasmine Shaw leading the scoring with 17 points.

Baggett, stated in the post-game press conference about her starting role in the tournament:

“It’s great, but we all played as one. We did so well tonight doing that. We played together, we fought together, we came back together and that is why we won.”

McNeese head coach Brooks Donald-Wilson also talked to the press after the game, about facing Central Arkansas:

“We are looking forward to having a rematch with them. They really challenged us at our place. So we are certainly going to study that and we ready to go tomorrow. It is very fitting for us to be competing against Central Arkansas with our history.”

The tournament will continue through Sunday, March 16, 2014.