NEW ORLEANS, LA (KPLC) - McNeese junior Regan Bolton led the Cowgirls with 22 points here Saturday in an 88-76 Southland Conference loss at New Orleans. Bre’Ashlee Jones scored 12 points and Sky Jasper chipped in with 10.
McNeese (2-12, 0-4 SLC) couldn’t find an answer for UNO’s (5-8, 1-3 SLC) inside game led by Shania Woods’ 22 points along with 15 from Kayla Thomas who came off the bench for her points.
“Total mental lapse in the third quarter,” said head coach Kacie Cryer. “We didn’t come out with the same fire and passion that we started the game with. You have to credit UNO, they came out in the third and were ready to go and they did.”
UNO jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Jones put McNeese on the board with three-point play. UNO followed that with a 7-3 run to extend the lead to 12-7. McNeese countered with a 9-4 run to tie the game at 16 behind a three-pointer by Bolton and a layup by Jones late in the first quarter. UNO held a 21-18 lead after the first quarter.
UNO scored the first four points of the second quarter to take a 25-18 lead but the Cowgirls used the free throw line to their advantage to tie the game a few times in the second quarter and took their first lead of the game (36-33) on Bolton’s second trey with 3:28 left in the second quarter.
McNeese ended the second quarter on a layup by Maddisen Martin and a jumper by Sky Jasper to take a 42-39 lead into the locker room.
UNO opened the second half by scoring the first eight points to regain the lead 47-42 but Bolton connected on her third three-pointer of the game to bring McNeese to within two early in the third quarter.
The Privateers outscored McNeese 29-11 in the third quarter took a double digit lead (55-45) midway through the quarter on three straight layups and two free throws. The Cowgirls came up empty handed on a several trips down the floor and were held to only one shot on a several possessions.
“We didn’t match their intensity in the third quarter. When we missed shots, we hung out head instead of sprinting back on defense. They outscored us in the quarter and set us up to not come out victorious,” Cryer said.
McNeese continued to use its full-court press and got as close as nine points 75-66 following a steal and a Bolton layup with 2:30 to play.
One thing that hasn’t happened to often this season, is the Cowgirls were outrebounded (46-38) with Woods completing her double double with a game high 11.
“I think were a step behind them and out urgency getting to our spot and fronting the post wasn’t there in the third quarter when they really hurt us.
UNO scored 46 of their points in the paint and got 42 off the bench including 19 second chance points.
The Cowgirls outshot the Privateers from the field, 44.1 percent to 43.1 percent. Both teams connected on six three-pointers with Bolton accounting for all six for the Cowgirls on seven attempts. Damilola Balogun led the Cowgirls with nine rebounds.