Honorable Mention: Kierra Jordan, Central Arkansas; Breanna Wright, Abilene Christian; Taylin Underwood, Southeastern Louisiana; Kayla Mundy, New Orleans. 2017 Southland Women’s Basketball Week 10 Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls junior guard Cassidy Barrios earned her second Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor of the season, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. The Colonels (7-8, 2-2 SLC) travel to take on McNeese (6-9, 2-2 SLC) at 6:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday before hosting defending league champion Central Arkansas (11-4, 4-0 SLC) on Saturday at 1 p.m. Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls – Jr. – Guard – Raceland, La.Barrios averaged 18.0 points, 15.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists for the Colonels last week, highlighted by a 24-point, 20-rebound effort in a 77-64 win at Houston Baptist. Barrios was instrumental in the Colonels’ rally against the Huskies, leading Nicholls to a 45-22 advantage in the second half to overcome an 11-point deficit. In Wednesday’s matchup with Stephen F. Austin, she nearly recorded a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists with no turnovers. The 20-rebound outing against HBU is the Southland’s single-game high this season and led to her fourth double-double in as many league games (eighth overall). For the week, she shot 12 of 13 from the line and added four steals and two blocks. This marks Barrios’ second weekly award in 2017-18, having garnered the distinction previously on Nov. 13. Nicholls now has three weekly honors as a team, including Tykeria Williamson on Dec. 4. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
They lost 7-1 in a match that went down in history as a defeat at least as, if not more, painful than their infamous Maracanazo — the 2-1 loss to Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium that denied Brazil a first World Cup success in 1950.“No-one here has amnesia, nor will they forget what happened, but that’s life, we can’t get stuck in the bad things from the past. We have to think about good things,” said Silva.Brazil have to a certain extent already overcome their Mineirao demons by beating Argentina 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in that stadium in 2016, but this will be their first return to the theatre of horrors in a major competition.“We played well in the last match against Argentina here, and most of all for the upcoming match we need to focus on that positive aspect.”The stadium and painful memories are less significant than the task of playing against fierce rivals boasting the best player in the world in Lionel Messi, according to Silva.The Paris Saint-Germain defender said Brazil are “more aware that we’re up against an Argentina that is on a par with us technically and tactically.”While three of the four Copa quarter-finals finished goalless — and were decided on penalties — Silva insists the semi-final against Argentina will provide better attacking entertainment.“You can expect dedication, force of will, responsibility but with joyful football, attacking players with sufficient qualities to ensure a great game,” he said.“The fans will see a great spectacle.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thiago Silva says fans can expect a great spectacle when Brazil take on Argentina in Tuesday’s Copa America semi-final © AFP / DOUGLAS MAGNOBELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, Jun 30 – Brazil center-back Thiago Silva says the hosts are concentrating on positive thoughts ahead of their Copa America semi-final against Argentina, at the scene of one of their most disastrous experiences on a football field.The Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, where the two South American giants will face off on Tuesday for a place in the Copa America final, was where Brazil collapsed spectacularly in the World Cup semi-final against Germany in 2014.