DEFENSIVE WIN: Lady Trojans bring hard defense in a 104-51 win over the Nicholls Colonels Tuesday night
Published 3:30 am Wednesday, December 2, 2015
A suffocating defense helped the Troy Lady Trojans gain a 104-51 win over the Nicholls Colonels on Tuesday.
“It feels good to get the win tonight,” said Trojan head coach Chandra Rigby. “We have been on the road and have had a few hard lessons. We were able for the first time since I have been here to hold a team under their scoring average.”
The Trojans entered the game with the nation’s highest scoring offense averaging nearly 96 points per game. With the comfortable lead the entire evening, Rigby was able to empty her bench. It paid off as every Troy player scored during the game.
“It was fantastic,” Rigby said. “Truthfully, everybody on that team gives it their all in practice. It’s nice to see them rewarded.”
The Trojans forced 35 turnovers in the game and turned them into 41 points.
“It’s very important,” Rigby said of the turnovers. “We have come to depend on that a lot. In the last game we lost to Belmont we didn’t get a lot of turnovers. We have to get back to that.”
After the Trojans struggled to get anything established in the game’s first three minutes, they took an 8-0 lead over Nicholls thanks in large part those turnovers. The Trojans forced 19 turnovers in the first half and also drew three charge fouls against Nicholls.
Nicholls was able to cut their deficit to eight points until the Trojans turned on the gas, going on a 15-1 run to put them 34-12 midway through the second quarter. Troy kept their foot on the gas pedal and closed out the half with a 43-21 lead.
The Trojans shot 50 percent from the field while holding the Colonels to 24 percent. Rachel Reid led the Trojans with 10 points. Ashley Beverly Kelley had nine.
The Trojans started the second half on a 9-2 run to give them a 54-35 lead and they never looked back. Troy was able to go on a 7-0 to close out the quarter with a 72-35 lead.
Troy scored 32 points in the fourth quarter. A three-point basket by Claresa Banks that gave them their 102nd point of the night.
Caitlyn Ramirez led the Trojans in scoring with 16 points on the night. Beverley Kelley, Jayla Chills, and Rachel Reid all finished with 15.
With the win the Trojans improve their record on the season to 3-2. They will be in action again on Dec. 10 when they travel to Vanderbilt. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.