Tori Nichols towered over many of her opponents at a dominant 6’3” during her time at Hebron Christian, not only height-wise, but talent-wise. Last year, Nichols and her fellow Lady Eagles made a deep run into the MAIS postseason and made it to the State All-Around in Clinton before being eliminated.
After an impressive high school career full of many accolades, Nichols was a very sought after recruit for many college programs. Making multiple visits to different campuses, Tori made the decision that she had found a home away from home in Magnolia, Arkansas, home to Southern Arkansas University.
“It felt like home,” said Nichols about her decision to play for the Muleriders during a phone interview Monday, “I made visits to a lot of different places, and I could not see myself anywhere else but at Southern Arkansas.”
In her freshman season, Tori has made a big impact on the very young Southern Arkansas team under the direction of head coach Carrie Slaton. Leading the Muleriders in rebounding (averaging 7.6 a game) and the second leading scorer (averaging 9.1 a game) for Southern Arkansas, Nichols really is a key player for the team. Although she is enjoying a successful season so far, Nichols is still learning some new things as she adjusts to collegiate basketball.
“What the coaching staff have taught me has really brought me success,” said Nichols about the transition to collegiate women’s basketball, “I was used to playing as the tallest player on the court and now I am sometimes shorter than some of my competition.”
Nichols this past Thursday, January 24, picked up her third double-double of the season as she pulled down 11 rebounds and scored 14 points against Arkansas-Monticello in a 78-65 loss.
Tori, a native of Houston and the daughter of Tess and Doug Nichols, is enjoying her time at Southern Arkansas.
You can keep up-to-date with Nichols and the Muleriders at muleriderathletics.com.