NORTHWESTERN STATE AT NICHOLLS
6 p.m. Wednesday on Broussard Court at David R. Stopher Gym in Thibodaux (Southland Conference game)
Records: Northwestern State (7-20 overall, 2-14 in the SLC); Nicholls (14-13 overall, 9-7 in the SLC)
Coaches: Northwestern State – Jordan Dupuy (second season); Nicholls – DoBee Plaisance (10th season)
Last meeting: Dec. 28 – Nicholls defeated Northwestern State, 79-63 (Northwestern State leads all-time series, 66-11)
Statistical leaders: Northwestern State – Libba Gilliam (10.9 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game), Nautica Grant (9.7 ppg, 39-3-pointers), Joycelyn Scott (7.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg); Nicholls – Cassidy Barrios (16.5 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 89 assists, 80 steals, 41 blocked shots), Tykeria Williams (13.0 ppg, 60 3-pointers), Tia Charles (8.70 ppg, 100 assists)
Notes: In their last games, Nicholls beat New Orleans, 72-48, and Northwestern State lost to Southeastern Louisiana, 64-54 ... Nicholls is 6-6 at home, while Northwestern State is 1-11 on the road ... Nicholls is tied for sixth with Abilene Christian in the Southland Conference standings, while Northwestern State is 12th in the standings and has been eliminated for a spot in the conference tournament ... With a win, Nicholls would secure a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament for the seventh straight season ... Nicholls will honor Charles and Marina Lilly for Senior Night … Barrios, a Vandebilt Catholic graduate, leads the Southland with 13 double-doubles and minutes played (37.6 per game) and is the only player in the conference ranked in the Top 10 in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks ... Barrios was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday for the fourth time this season … Nicholls is looking to post its fourth Southland sweep of the season (Houston Baptist, McNeese State and New Orleans) ... Northwestern State has played without Cheyenne Brown, a preseason All-Southland Conference second team, since mid-December after she suffered an undisclosed injury ... Nicholls is fifth in the Southland in scoring offense (64.2 ppg) and is sixth in scoring defense (64.2 ppg) ... Northwestern State ranks 11th in the Southland in scoring offense (57.4 ppg) and is fifth in scoring defense (63.6 ppg) ... Barrios (third) and Williams (10th) each rank in the Top 10 in the conference’s scoring average, while Northwestern State’s top scorer – Gilliam – is 22th ... The Top 8 teams earn bids to the 2018 Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament, March 7-11, at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas.