MONROE-- Ashlynn Baggett led all players with a game high 23 points, four points shy of tying her career high in the Cowgirls' 68-60 win here Wednesday over UL-Monroe. Baggett was 8 of 16 from the field, three of six from three-point range and four of six from the free throw line. The win is the first in three in three trips to Monroe under Williams. McNeese improves to 6-1 on the year while the Warhawks fall to 0-8.
"As much as we struggled, we toughed it out and that's what we are about. I loved our toughness down the stretch. This is what gets you ready for conference play," said head coach Brooks Donald Williams.
Caitlyn Baggett pitched in 19 points while Kendra Wells added 10. Senior Martika Hull led all players with 14 rebounds, two shy of tying her career high. Hull grabbed five offensive and nine defensive rebounds.
"We felt like Martika kept us alive tonight, she did things that don't show up on the stat sheet. Both she and Kitty did a great job on defense in the paint tonight, said Williams."
The Cowgirls ended the game shooting 35.0 percent from the field and 78.3 percent from the free throw line and grabbed 34 rebounds. The Cowgirls' defense caused the Warhawks into 23 turnovers.
McNeese led for all but one possession in the first half. After ULM took a 25-24 lead with 4:28 left in the half, McNeese outscored the Warhawks 10-1 in the final 3:08 of the half. Senior Kendra Wells' jumper at the free throw line regave McNeee a 27-6 lead. A three-pointer then a layup by Ashlyn Baggett extended the Cowgirl lead to 32-36. Martika Hull gave McNeese an eight point lead (34-26) with :55 left before Baggett's layup with :03 gave McNeese its largest lead of the half and a halftime score of 36-26.
McNeese shot 43.8 percent from the field in the half, making 14 of 32 from the field and were five of 13 from three-point range. The Cowgirls made good on three of six free throws and forced ULM into 15 first half turnovers.
McNeese will return home at Saturday to host Southern-N.O.