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Nicholls oulast Lady Demons 86-78
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THIBODAUX – Trudy Armstead became the 24th player in Northwestern State Lady Demon basketball history to score 1,000 career points after she sank 22 against Nicholls, but the milestone didn’t result in a win as the Lady Demons fell 86-78 to the Lady Colonels in Southland Conference action here Wednesday night.

Armstead, a junior from Dallas, entered the game with 980 career points achieved the milestone off a layup with 14:03 to play in the game that cut the Nicholls lead to 51-46.

“Trudy played really well tonight,” said head coach Jennifer Graf. “They (Nicholls) really didn’t have an answer for her. We wanted her to take the basket a little more but did a good job with her fade away jumper.”

The loss dropped the Lady Demons to 6-22 overall and 2-13 in conference play while Nicholls, who improved to 14-14 overall and 7-8 in the Southland, locked up a spot in the league postseason tournament.

The Lady Demons led 36-34 after shooting 55 percent from the field and did a good job of pushing the ball up the floor and playing the type of tempo Nicholls like to play.

“Our gameplan was to run Nicholls,” said Graf. “We felt like we could get some baskets in transition and we were able to do that in the first half. It caused us to turn the ball over a bunch but we still led by two at the break despite turning it over 16 times in the half.”

Jordi James scored 24 points to lead the Lady Demons while Ronikka Drake added 12 points and Jasmine Upchurch 11. It was the third straight game James has scored 20 or more in a contest.

Nicholls scored the first six points of the second half off of back-to-back 3-pointers from Liann McCarthy to give the Lady Colonels a 40-36 lead with 18:38 to play but the Lady Demons kept it close even after Nicholls went up by six with 16:01 to play and Drake sank a trey to cut the deficit to 47-44.

The Lady Demons tied the game at 51-51 with 13:11 to play when James buried one of her four three-point goals on the night but Nicholls quickly answered with a triple by K.K. Babin to put Nicholls back on top.

NSU cut the margin to one-point on several occasions and trailed 73-68 after Meredith Graf knocked down a bucket with 2:32 to play. But Alisha Allen, who led all scorers with 30 points, drained a 3-pointer with 1:59 to play and the Lady Demons had to start sending the league’s to-ranked free throw shooting team to the line in the final two minutes where they hit all 10 of their free throws.

“I thought the difference of game was when they hit three-pointer late in the game,” said Graf. We had cut the margin down but they come down and knocked down that three and then we came down and couldn’t get the score and that forced us into sending them at the line.”

Armstead hit 10 of 15 from the field to lead the Lady Demons’ 29 of 59 shooting for 49 percent, including 7 of 23 from long range.

In addition to Allen’s 30 points, the Lady Colonels got double-figures from Sumar Leslie with 15 points, Jenny Nash 13 and Jasmine Hoskins with 10. Nicholls connected on 26 of 57 from the field for 45 percent and sank 28 of 33 from the free throw line for 85 percent.
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