LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Louisiana Tech’s full court pressure caused McNeese women’s basketball to turn the ball over 28 times resulting in 33 points in an 89-48 loss here Saturday at the H&HP Complex.
“We worked on the press and were prepared for it, but they upped their tempo and it really caused us some problems,” said head coach Kacie Cryer. “We were getting ourselves stuck on the sidelines which helped them to trap us and that’s not what we worked on in practice.”
McNeese (2-9) held a 7-5 lead early in the game but LA Tech (8-5) went on an 11-0 run to take a 16-7 lead and never looked back.
The Lady Techsters full-court press really hurt the Cowgirls in the second quarter, holding McNeese to eight second quarter points while scoring 17 and a 42-23 halftime lead.
McNeese’s outside shooting wasn’t what it has been in the last two games. The Cowgirls finished the game making two of 10 three-pointers while LA Tech was 7 of 18 from behind the arc.
“Our outside shots weren’t falling today but credit them for making it tough on us to get the open looks,” Cryer said.
Junior Regan Bolton was the only Cowgirl to score in double figures, ending the game with 12 points. It’s the third straight game Bolton scores in double figures. Damilola Balogun and Divine Tanks led McNeese with eight rebounds apiece.
LA Tech placed three players in double figures with the nation’s third leading scorer Kierra Anthony leading all players with 23 points. Raizel Guinto scored 17 and Nikki McDonald pitched in with 16 and nearly missed a double double with a game high nine rebounds.
“This is the third team from C-USA that we played this season and no question these games have prepare us for conference play.”
McNeese will begin Southland Conference play next Wednesday, Jan. 2 when they will host Incarnate Word. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m.