FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls’ Chrystal Ezechukwu is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.Ezechukwu led the Colonels (6-14, 3-8) to a 79-63 win over McNeese with 35 points last Wednesday night, her second consecutive career-high scoring performance. The senior was three rebounds shy of a double-double against the Cowgirls but also recorded three assists, one block and one steal in the win. In addition to an 87.5-percent clip from the free throw line, Ezechukwu also registered a 63.6-percent outing from the field against the Cowgirls.Basketball Player of the Week – Chrystal Ezechukwu, Nicholls – Sr. – Forward – Decatur, Ga.Ezechukwu set a career-high scoring mark for the second-consecutive game, pouring in 35 points to go along with seven rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in a 79-63 victory at home over rival McNeese. Following her 25-point game last weekend, Ezechukwu had another dominating performance Wednesday night, going 14-of-22 from the field and 7-for-8 at the free-throw line. Her 35 points are the most by any Southland player in a single game this season and are just four shy of the Colonels’ program record.Honorable Mention: Damilola Balogun, McNeese; Caitlyn Williams, Southeastern Louisiana; Alexes Bryant, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.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 25 percent of ballots.
A woman was called to answer a charge of assault on Friday when she appeared before Magistrate Christel Lambert at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court.Shontel Cummings, 29, of Stewartville, West Coast Demerara, (WCD) pleaded not guilty to the offence which alleged that on 25 May, 2016 at Blankenburg, WCD, she assaulted Marissa Harding with intent to maim, disfigure and cause grievous bodily harm.The prosecution’s case stated that on the day in question, the defendant approached the virtual complainant (VC), Harding, with a dangerous weapon, that is, a knife, and proceeded to assault her. The VC was stabbed several times about her body and had to be rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital.The matter was reported to the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station, where the defendant was arrested, cautioned and charged with the offence.In court the defendant said that she and the VC have an ongoing vendetta for a number of years now and on the day in question, the VC spread defaming rumours about her which angered her and caused her to take the course of action outlined.Cummings said that the VC was the first person to attack her and she had to defend herself.The Police Prosecutor objected to bail based on the gravity of the offence but was unsuccessfully.The defendant was granted bail at the sum of $50,000 and will next have to appear in court on 9 June 2016.