This is a good time to be a fan of Nicholls State basketball.

The Lady Colonels and the Colonels have enjoyed successful seasons to this point. And both teams hope to keep them going when they begin conference tournament play today in Katy, Texas.

The Lady Colonels tip off at 11 a.m., and the men tip off their first game at 7:30 p.m.

For the Lady Colonels, the trip is nothing new. In fact, it is the team’s seventh consecutive trip to the conference tournament.

“There is a bench mark now for our program that I’ve been very humbled about,” women’s coach DoBee Plaisance said. “Again, I give all the glory to god, but we’ve had some great players that helped pave the way to put us in this position. We know now where the bar is, and we are just trying to take the next step and win this thing.”

They come into the tournament sporting a winning overall record, 16-13, and a winning conference record, 11-7.

No matter how the tournament goes from here, the Lady Colonels have enjoyed a great season.

The men’s team, too, has had a great year.

They seemed headed to a regular season conference tournament, which would have given them the top seed in the tournament.

Unfortunately, though, they lost a tough game to close out the regular season. And, the team lost one of its primary contributors late in the year when senior guard Tevon Saddler went down with a knee injury, ending his season.

“This is just another hurdle we have to overcome,” said men’s coach Richie Riley, named the Southland Conference’s Coach of the Year on Monday. “I told my guys that you don’t see many movies where there’s not a tough part in it. I asked them how we are going to end our movie. We want to end our movie with a happy ending and win it for Saddler.”

Perhaps the injury to Saddler – as unfortunate as it is for this young student-athlete and his teammates – will provide an extra bit of motivation for a team that has done well throughout the season.

Just like the women’s team, the Colonels have done well regardless of what happens tonight.

Good luck to both of Nicholls State’s teams. They have worked so diligently to get here. Let’s hope they continue to bring the students and fans many more memories this season.


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