Conference Player of the Year Cassidy Barrios was the engine for Nicholls in the opening half, going 5-for-9 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line for 14 points. While plagued by early missed shots in the paint and 12 turnovers, Nicholls held its own on the boards with a 21-17 overall rebounding advantage. Another run by the Colonels capped by another Barrios three with 1:59 to go in the third gave the Colonels the largest lead for either team at 57-44. Kinard would pull the Cardinals closer with a three-pointer of her own to end the quarter but LU would still enter the final period of play down by 10. To start the second half, nine straight points from the Colonels gave them their first lead since early in the first quarter at 39-38. The run was pushed to 18-0 and a 47-38 Nicholls lead before Kiandra Bowers finally put up a layup and one for LU. Barrios answered with a trey with 5:00 on the clock to push the lead back to 50-41 Cardinals before the media timeout. LU’s offense started to click as the first quarter wound down. Both Kinard and senior Baileigh O’Dell knocked down a pair of threes and were 3-4 from the field to lead the floor with eight points each. The Colonels were unable to sustain their opening run and went the final 5:40 of the quarter without a field goal, entering the first intermission down 21-11. Behind strong rebounding and a pair of threes, Nicholls jumped out to an early 6-2 lead before Lamar began to find its stride. The Cardinals knotted the game at 8-8 behind five points from junior Moe Kinard at the first media timeout. The Cardinals were led by all-conference first team guard Kinard with 13 points while O’Dell also notched double figures with 10 points. Nicholls will face the winner of today’s second semifinal between No. 2 Stephen F. Austin and No. 3 Central Arkansas tomorrow at noon on CBS Sports Network for the tournament championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Led by a masterful scoring performance from conference Player of the Year Cassidy Barrios (27 points), the fourth-seed Colonels took LU out of its element and became just the fourth Southland team to hold Lamar under 70 points this season. Kinard led LU with 21 points while O’Dell added 18. Bowers racked up 14 points and 18 rebounds for her 12th double double of the season. “We knew it had to be all about us,” Plaisance said. “It’s the high character, it’s the grit and tremendous leadership we have. I always tell my team that the opponents can’t scout what’s in your head and your heart.” On the return possession, Barrios came up with a massive block on O’Dell’s three-point attempt, which teammate Marina Lilly gathered to force a foul from Lamar. After a missed three-pointer from Freshman of the Year Jadyn Pimentel, Tykeria Williams was fouled on her way to the basket on the other end and canned both free throws, making it a four-point game (72-68) with 19.8 on the clock. “Everything was set up for us to succeed,” Harmony said. “We just unraveled, lost our composure and couldn’t make it happen down the stretch.” Senior Tia Charles and sophomore Tykeria Williams each registered 17 points to lead a well-rounded Colonel attack which averaged just 65.3 points per game in the regular season. Lamar would open up a scoring spurt to close the first half but the Colonels remained in striking distance, finishing the second quarter with the score 38-30 in favor of LU. The Cardinals flirted with single-digit deficits as the final quarter wore on and pulled within six on a jumper from Kinard with 3:21 to go. With 1:46 on the clock, O’Dell drained her third three-pointer of the night to bring the top seed within three points at 68-65. With a minute to play, O’Dell came through with another trey to knot the game at 68 and end another 8-0 Colonels run. Barrios wasted no time on the other end, putting up an off-balance layup to push Nicholls back ahead 70-68. “We knew the third quarter had to be our best quarter,” said Charles. “Our third quarters had been our worst quarters all season, so we had to make a change.” The Cardinals, who were outright Southland Conference regular season champions for the first time in program history, made their 13th straight appearance in the conference tournament, but have not won the title since 2010. Colonels’ senior Tia Charles was fouled on the Nicholls-end inbound play and made 1-of-2 from the line to make the score 73-68 with 8.3 on the clock. Williams was then put back on the line, also going 1-for-2 to make it 74-68 for good. Kinard’s final three-point shot fell short and the Colonels punched their ticket to the championship game for the first time in program history. The fourth-seeded Colonels started a run of their own in the second period, sparking an 8-0 clip before Southland Coach of the Year Robin Harmony called a timeout with her side leading just 25-22 with 6:11 to play. “Don’t panic,” was Plaisance’s mantra. “We’ve been in every possible situation this year,” said Plaisance. “Never having the lead, never losing the lead, everything. We’ve seen it all, so there was no pressure.” They did just that, as the Colonels held Lamar to just nine points in the third period while putting up 27. Box Score | Photo GalleryKATY, Texas – “We are all that we need,” Nicholls head coach DoBee Plaisance said to her team in an early timeout with No. 4 Nicholls trailing No. 1 Lamar in today’s Southland Women’s Basketball Tournament semifinal. She couldn’t have been more right, as the Colonels survived everything the Southland champions threw at them to earn a 74-68 victory and a spot in their first ever Southland Tournament title game. We’re just taking it one game at a time,” Barrios said. “We’ve already made history and we’re ready to make more history tomorrow.”
Three explosive devices were hidden in a hedge and triggered remotely as the team’s bus passed by © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZ“He expected people to at least be killed,” judge Peter Windgaetter said in court.After an 11-month trial, the trained electrician, who was born in Russia, was also found guilty of causing an explosion and two counts of causing serious injury. The blasts wounded Spanish defender Marc Bartra and a police officer.Wenergold had stayed in the same hotel as the team when he remotely triggered the bomb attack on the evening of April 11, 2017 as the bus was heading for a Champions’ League quarter-final match against Monaco.The devices were triggered “just at the moment” the bus drove past the the bombs, added Windgaetter.Dortmund’s empty bench after the team bus was targeted © AFP/File / Odd ANDERSENWenergold had hidden in a hedge three explosive devices, each of which contained up to a kilogramme (2.2 pounds) of a hydrogen peroxide mixture and about 65 cigarette-sized metal bolts.Wenergold had left letters suggesting an Islamist terrorist motive at the scene, sparking initial alarm about a possible jihadist attack.He had bought put options worth some 26,000 euros ($29,000) — essentially a bet on the club’s share price falling — and had hoped to gain half a million euros, said prosecutors.– ‘I would like to apologise’ –Ex-Borussia Dortmund footballer Matthias Ginter broke down in the witness box © dpa/AFP/File / Ina FassbenderWenergold’s defence lawyer Carl Heydenreich insisted his client hoped to spark panic, not to wound or kill people.Wenergold reportedly drew attention to himself at the hotel, first by insisting on a window room facing the front and then, in the chaos after the blasts, by calmly walking into its restaurant to order a steak.Police arrested him 10 days after the attack.Several players of Borussia Dortmund, who currently sit four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table, gave emotional testimony during the trial about the trauma they suffered.“There are still some players receiving psychological treatment,” Windgaetter revealed.Defender Matthias Ginter, who now plays for Borussia Moenchengladbach, broke down in tears when he gave evidence about the aftermath of the blasts on board the bus.Wenergold planned the attack to make money on the club’s shares © POOL/AFP / Marcel Kusch“Everyone was lying on the floor. Splinters were flying. There was a lot of smoke. Marc was crying out. We didn’t know what would happen next,” Ginter told the court in April.A day after the attack, the team played their postponed game against Monaco and lost, prompting then coach Thomas Tuchel to rail against UEFA for not giving the players time to come to terms with their fear before returning to the pitch.Wenergold, who confessed to the attack in January, voiced his regret last week when he told the court: “I would like to apologise to everybody.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wenergold left letters suggesting an Islamist terrorist motive at the scene © POOL/AFP / Marcel KuschDORTMUND, Germany, Nov 27 – A German man who launched a shrapnel bomb attack on the team bus of football club Borussia Dortmund in April 2017 to make money on the club’s shares diving was on Tuesday sentenced to 14 years in jail.A court in Dortmund found Sergej Wenergold, 29, guilty of 28 counts of attempted murder after he detonated three explosive devices while the bus was en route to the stadium for a Champions League game last year.