Cowgirls Cruise Past Centenary

SHREVEPORT,LA (KPLC)- McNeese State's women's basketball team got back into to win column here Monday night with a 89-32 win over Centenary.  The win improves the Cowgirls to 9-2 overall while the Ladies fall to 3-7.  The 89 points is the most points the Cowgirls have scored this season.

"We got good effort from everybody and this was a good team win.  A lot of players got to play a lot of quality minutes.  We played several different lineups and saw good things from all of them," said head coach Brooks Donald Williams.

McNeese senior and Shreveport native Raiyawna Gatlin led all players with 19 points, one shy of her career high.  Gatlin was 8 of 12 from the field and 3 of 4 from the free throw line.  Freshman Ashley Salazar scored a career high 13 points and Caitlyn Baggett added 11 points.  Salazar made 6 of 10 attempts from the field, dished out two assists and was credited with two steals.  Baggett was 4 of 6 from the field, 3 of 4 from three point range and led all players with six assists.  The six assists ties her season high.

The Cowgirls ended the game shooting 56.1 percent from the field, 57.1 from three-point range and 87.5 percent from the free throw line.

McNeese jumped out to a 12-0 lead two minutes into the game on back-to-back three pointers by Candace LaCombe and a layup by Martika Hull.  The Cowgirls never gave up the lead and held a 20 point lead with 16:08 in the first half.  The Cowgirls extended their lead to 30 points on a Ashley Salazar laypup with 1:05 left in the half.  McNeese held a 51-19 halftime lead behind a 58.1 field goal shooting percent including a 40.0 three-point field goal shooting percent.  McNeese was five of six from the free throw line for a 83.3 percent.

McNeese held Centenary to a 24.1 field goal shooting percent in the first half and outrebounded the Ladies 27-13.  Shreveport native, Raiyawna Gatlin led all players with 13 first half points.

The Cowgirls will remain on the road and head to No. 1 ranked Baylor Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. game.