Height: 5'11"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Smyrna, Tenn.
High School: Ensworth



• Spring 2016 A.D. Honor Roll
• Fall 2015 A.D. Honor Roll
• Fall 2014 A.D. Honor Roll
• Summer 2014 A. D. Honor Roll
• Exercise science major (2.99 cumulative)


Veteran of 59 GSU games with 22 starts in first two seasons...Netted 292 points (4.9) with 230 rebounds (3.9).

Has nine double-figure scoring games...Has 28 career blocked shots.


Played in all 29 games with four starts...Scored 100 points (3.4) with 90 rebounds (3.1) as well as 18 steals and 13 blocks.

Led team with 12 points and 8 rebounds in win over Texas State (Feb. 4)...Hit 6-of-7 shots in that Texas State game.

Had 6 rebounds in win at Georgia Southern (Feb. 22) and at Arkansas State (Jan. 28).

Made 3 steals vs. Appalachian State (Feb. 27) and UL Monroe (Jan. 14)...Blocked 2 shots in three games.


Played all 30 games as freshman, starting 18 of the last 19 games (did not start Senior Day).

Finished second on the team in rebounding (4.7) and fifth in scoring (6.4)...But, over the final 19 games as a starter, averages rose to 8.1 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game.

Shot 55 percent for the season, which would have ranked second in Sun Belt with one more attempt (82-150)...Shot 50 percent or better in 20 of the 30 games.

Had eight games in double-figure scoring, with season-best 16-point game in win over Appalachian State (Feb. 22)...Hit 7 of 11 shots in that game.

Produced one double-figure rebound game (10 in win at South Alabama, Feb. 7)...Had five games with nine rebounds, including four consecutive games.

Logged 554 minutes (fourth most on team) and averaged 23.7 minutes per game over final 19 as a starter...Had two games over 30 minutes.

Blocked 15 shots with three vs. Arkansas State (Jan. 31)...Had 29 assists with seven games with two or more.


Was a two-time finalist for Miss Tennessee, as the state's top player...Played in Division II-AA level with private school Ensworth, near the Vanderbilt campus in the Nashville suburbs.

Team advanced to state championship game last three years, winning title her junior year...That 2012-13 Tigers' team of coach Hubie Smith had a 27-game win streak.

Scored more than 1,000 points and grabbed more than 500 rebounds...Named to all-region team three consecutive years...Named to state all-tournament team final two years.

Averaged 15 points and seven rebounds per game as a senior in 2013-14 with coach Cleve Harris...Wore uniform No. 25 and highest-scoring games of her career were all 25 points (five times).

One of those 25-point scoring games included a trio of 3-point baskets vs. Brentwood...Had a 22-rebound game against Brentwood Academy and added 15 points in that game.

Closed high school career in Tennessee state tournament with 15 points in title game after a 16-point, 14-rebound night in the semifinals.

Played AAU basketball with the Tennessee Flight and Tennessee Pride...Won national AAU championships with the 10-year old team in Orlando and the 16-year old team in Augusta, Ga...Coaches were Cliff Coleman and Chris Brown.

Her basketball passion spilled over to where she helped tutor sixth-grade boys in developing skills.

Was a member of track and field team, competing in both the discus and the shot put.

Qualified for the state tournament in each, but in separate years...Earned invitation to Vanderbilt's Great Eight track and field meet in three seasons at Ensworth.


Born Kennesha Tennell Nichols on Oct. 7, 1995 in Murfreesboro, Tenn., but grew up and family still lives in Smyrna, Tenn., a town about 20 miles southeast of downtown Nashville and 10 miles north of Murfreesboro.

The daughter of Kenneth and Curtisa, she is middle of three siblings...Has older sister Marisha, 22; with younger brother Kaleb, 16.

One of her likes in life is fish and aquariums...If the piggy-bank was overflowing with money, Nichols noted she would be collecting fish tanks and fish for fun.

Plans to major in kinesiology at GSU with an emphasis on becoming a physical therapist...Has cumulative 3.0 GPA at Georgia State.

View Full Bio
Inside Georgia State Basketball - Episode 3
WBB: Head Coach Gene Hill Introduction
WBB: Is August 1 Happy New Year for Women's Basketball?