KATY, Texas (AP) — Tykeria Williams scored all 17 of her points in the second half, including the clinching free throw with four seconds left, and Nicholls rallied to shock Stephen F. Austin 69-65 on Sunday to win the Colonels’ first Southland Conference Tournament and NCAA Tournament berth.
The fourth-seeded Colonels (19-13), who knocked off top-seeded Lamar on Saturday, trailed the second-seeded Ladyjacks (25-6) by 14 just 5 1/2 minutes into the game. They didn’t take their first lead until Williams made two free throws with 6:43 to play.
SFA, in its 21st title game, quickly regained the lead with a Taylor Jackson 3-pointer but Cassidy Barrios, who led Nicholls with 22 points, tied it with two free throws. That started an 8-0 run for a 66-60 lead when Marina Lilly made two foul shots with 3 1/2 minutes to play.
Riley Harvey hit a 3 and followed with a layup as SFA pulled within 66-65 but the Ladyjacks missed two shots and had two turnovers after that.
Tia Charles fed Airi Hamilton for a nice layup with 29.8 seconds left, making it 68-65. SFA had two good looks at 3s and still had the ball with 4.8 seconds left. However, the Ladyjacks lost the ball on a five-second inbounds violation, allowing Williams to ice the game.
Channel Hayes led SFA with 17 points and Harvey added 16.