Cowgirls Fall To Ladyjacks

Cowgirls Fall 66-58 To Stephen F. Austin NACOGDOCHES, Texas—  McNeese State women's basketball team had a tough shooting night here Saturday in a 66-58 Southland Conference loss to Stephen F. Austin, dropping the Cowgirls to 17-6 overall and 7-2 in the league.

"We new it was going to be a tough environment and it will be from here on out.  Give SFA credit, they executed their game plan and we didn't execute," said head coach Brooks Donald Williams.

The Cowgirls ended the game shooting 35.8 percent from the field, 22.6 percent from three-point range and 75.0 percent from the free throw line, making 3 of 4 free throws in the game.  McNeese didn't attempt a free throw in the first half.

"I don't think we gave ourselves the opportunities that we could have.  I thought our effort was good, we've got to have more continuity.  I thought we all did some good things at time, we just didn't execute at times," said Williams.

Ashlyn Baggett led all players with 21 points and became McNeese's all-time career three-point leader with five treys on the night.  She entered the game with 175 career three-pointers and broke the record of 178 held by Angie Perry.  Baggett now has made 180 career three-pointers.

Caitlyn Baggett scored 16 points while Kendra Wells added 10 points.  Martika Hull led all players with 10 rebounds and Wells nearly missed a double-double with nine rebounds to go with her 10 points.

Stephen F. Austin was led in scoring by Tammara Marion who scored 15.  Also scoring in double figures for the Ladyjacks was Porsha Roberts (13 pt.) and Brittney Matthew (10 pts.).  The Ladyjacks shot 41.2 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from three-point range and 68.2 from the free throw line, making 15-22 attempts.

McNeese took the early lead in the game and held an early 14-5 seven minutes into the game.  McNeese held the lead until the 6:19 minute mark when SFA took its first lead.  From this point on the game went back and fourth and the Cowgirls trailed 25-29 at the half.

SFA extended its lead to five (35-30) three minutes into the second half on a three-pointer by Ashlee Mells then 37-30 on a layup by Roberts.

A three-pointer by Ashlyn Baggett cut the SFA lead to two (37-39) with 14:39 left in the game then a layup by Raiyawana Gatlin tied the game at 41 all with 12:21 to play.  The Cowgirls went on a 6-0 run to take a 47-41 lead on a Wells layup with 10:53 left.

Stephen F. Austin came back with a run of their own and outscored McNeese 5-0 in the next three minutes to take a 47-52 lead.  Stephen F. Austin would not give up the lead and McNeese got as close at two points (51-53) on a Hull jumper.