The following is a press release from McNeese State:
LAKE CHARLES-- McNeese State's women's basketball team got double figure scoring from three players here Saturday in a 64-54 Southland Conference victory over Northwestern State. The win kept the Cowgirls undefeated in league play at 5-0 and 15-4 overall. The win also improved the Cowgirls' home record to 22-1 overall and 12-0 in league play, dating back to last season. The loss drops Northwestern State to 5-13 overall and 1-4 in league play.
"I thought we played hard today. It wasn't a pretty game but we toughed it out. I thought the kids did a great job on the boards and made big shots when we needed," said head coach Brooks Donald Williams.
Senior Martika Hull led all players with a game high 12 rebounds. Senior Kendra Wells and junior Adrienne Minor both ended the game with 10 rebounds apiece.
"Adrienne was a spark off the bench and stepped in and gave us a much needed presence in the paint." said Williams.
McNeese also had three players score in double figures with Ashlyn Baggett leading the Cowgirls with 17 points, including four three-pointers. Baggett also moved into eighth place on McNeese's all-time career scoring list. Wells scored 12 points to give her a double-double, her eighth of the year. Caitlyn Baggett chipped in 10 points, all coming from the free throw line.
McNeese led by as many as 16 points with 6:25 left in the game but didn't score a field goal in the final 2:48 left in the game. McNeese's defense and rebound picked up the slack as the Cowgirls caused 17 turnovers and out rebounded the Lady Demons by 10 (44-33).
McNeese jumped out to an 8-0 lead on back-to-back three's from Kendra Wells and Ashlyn Baggett. Baggett also scored on a layup. After a Northwestern State basket by the Lady Demons, McNeese went on a 6-2 run to take a 12-4 lead with 14:17 left in the half. With the Cowgirls leading 26-14, Northwestern State went on a 6-0 run to cut the Cowgirl lead to six (26-20) with 4:34 left in the half. McNeese countered with a run of their own with a 6-2 run to take a 32-22 lead with 3:05 to go in the half. McNeese closed out the final three minutes of the have by outscoring NW State 6-4 to take a 38-26 halftime lead.
McNeese will return to action Monday night to host Nicholls in a 7 p.m. contest at Burton Coliseum.