HAMMOND-- McNeese State's women's basketball team improved to 14-4 overall and moved into sole possession of first place in the SLC here tonight with its 60-36 Southland Conference victory over Southeastern La. in the Toyota Game of the Week.
"It was a solid road win," head coach Brooks Donald Williams said. "We made a lot of mistakes and did not value the ball the way we would have liked but toughed it out to get the win. I'm very proud of our effort tonight, said head coach Brooks Donald Williams."
Ashlyn Baggett led all scorers with 21 points and moved into ninth place on McNeese's career scoring list. Baggett entered the game needing 12 points. Her layup with 16:48 left in the game moved her into ninth place. Baggett was 7 of 16 from the field and 7 of 9 from the free throw line. Caitlyn Baggett was the only other double figure for the Cowgirls with 12 points.
McNeese held its opponents to under 40 points for the fourth time this season and held the opponents leading scorer well under her average. Jenkins entered the game as Southeastern's leading scorer to three points. The Cowgirls also dominated on the boards by out rebounding the Lady Lions 48-34. Kendra Wells led all players with 13 rebounds.
"I thought it was another strong team defensive effort. It is always tough to go on the road and still defend with the same intensity, and I thought we did that as a team tonight, said Willliams."
With the Cowgirls leading 33-14 at the half, the Cowgirls went on a 11-3 scoring run to take a 50-28 lead with five minutes left in the game.
McNeese State took a quick 4-0 lead on a layup and two free throws by Ashlyn Baggett before Southeastern La. tied the game at four all with 15:43 left in the half. A three-pointer by Caitlyn Baggett with 15:30 gave the Cowgirls the lead for good and started a 24-9 scoring run to take a 33-14 halftime lead.