Norton sets career mark, Lady Tigers beat Nicholls
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE - The LSU women’s basketball team defeated in-state opponent, Nicholls, 76-44 on Tuesday evening in the PMAC.
The Lady Tigers were looking to bounce back after a loss on the road to Rutgers. With the win, LSU improved to 6-3 on the season while Nicholls fell to 5-6.
“It was a great game for us to come back and dive into our bench,” LSU coach Nikki Fargas said. “Our starters really set the tone. I thought the tone was set by Khayla Pointer and Shanice Norton right off the bat.”
Khayla Pointer led the charge with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Shanice Norton scored a new career high in the win with 16 points and added six rebounds and two assists.
Ayana Mitchell was the third Lady Tiger to score in double digits with 10 points and grabbed six boards.
LSU was aided by 21 points coming off the bench which gave the Lady Tigers an extra boost on offense.
“When we came back from Rutgers, I wanted to spend more time with our bench,” Fargas said. “We’ve been meeting and getting on the court about 30 minutes extra before practice starts and giving them our undivided attention.”
“I think it really made a difference. I felt like they went out and they executed our game plan. Instead of keeping us even of where the starters were our bench did the exact opposite and actually elevated our play.”
The Lady Tigers used a fast tempo offense to jump out to a quick lead and press the Nicholls defense. Pointer scored 10 points in the first five minutes of the game.
“We knew we had to make shots,” Fargas said. “Tonight, we were able to do so and connect from the perimeter game. That was huge for us because a couple nights ago we couldn’t make anything.”
Pointer and Norton each made three shots from beyond the arc to give LSU a presence on the perimeter.
LSU forced 20 turnovers on Nicholls while scoring 28 points off of those turnovers. While putting pressure on Nicholls defensively, the Lady Tigers were able to take care of the basketball and only give up 11 turnovers.
“We had a great team win today with us being able to play a lot of players,” Fargas said.
LSU will face UL Lafayette on Thursday, Dec. 20 at the Cajundome with tip-off set for 6:30 p.m.