LAKE CHARLES-- McNeese State's women's basketball team suffered a 64-43 loss to LSU here Friday night in front of a new home record crowd of 4,089. The loss snaps the Cowgirls' eight game winning streak this season and its 17 game home winning streak dating back to last season. The loss drops McNeese to 8-2 on the year while LSU improves to 6-3.
"We have a lot of positives to take from tonight's game. I'm proud of our effort and the way we fought until the end. We can only get better from this game and we will. LSU is a Top 30 team and we saw we can play with them," said head coach Brooks Donald Williams.
McNeese's Ashlyn Baggett led all players with a game high 24 points and scored her 1,000th career point in the first half. Senior Kendra Wells scored nine and also scored her 1,000th career point in the first half. Wells led the Cowgirls with seven rebounds on the night.
The Cowgirls didn't shoot the ball well, ending the game shooting 22.0% from the field and 52.6% from the free throw line.
"We had an off shooting night despite having great looks but you have to also give credit to LSU's defense. They caused us to shoot bad shots," said Williams.
The Cowgirls trailed 38-18 at the half and were down by as many as 28 early in the second half. LSU outscored McNeese 26-25 in the second half but dominated the boards by outrebounding the Cowgirls 47-25. LSU was led in rebounds by Courtney Jones who grabbed eight. Krystal Forthan led the Lady Tigers with 15 pts. While LaSondra Barrett, a Naismith Women's College Player of the Year candidate chipped in 12.