Cowgirls Get Back on Track, Beat UTSA

SAN ANTONIO- Texas--  McNeese State's women's basketball team snapped its two game losing streak here Wednesday night with a 65-54 Southland Conference win over UTSA.  The Cowgirls improve to 18-7 overall and 8-3 in conference play.

McNeese had four players scoring double figures with Ashlyn Baggett leading all players with a game high 19.  Kendra Wells

recorded a double double on the nigh with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

With her 14 point output, Wells moved into ninth place on the all- time career scoring leaders.  Also scoring in double figures was Candace LacCombe and Raiyawna Gatlin with 10 apiece.  Martika Hull led all players with a game high 14 rebounds.

"This was as much needed team win.  At times we did some really good things on both ends of the floor.  A road win is always a great win," said head coach Brooks Donald Williams.

McNeese took the lead from the opening tip and never trailed in the game.  The Cowgirls held its first double digit lead o the game at the 11:51 mark of the first half on a one of three 3-pointers of the game for Ashlyn Baggett.  McNeese held as much as a 15 point led twice in the first half before leading 33-26 at the half.

UTSA cut the Cowgirl lead to nine a couple of times and got as close as eight points with 4:10 left but McNeese would outscore the Roadrunners 10-7 in the final 3:48 left in the game with McNeese's final six points of the game coming from the free throw line where Wells, LaCombe and Ashlyn Baggett would make the freebies.

McNeese dominated the boards tonight with the Cowgirls ending the game with 53 rebounds to UTSA's 23.  McNeese got 38 defensive rebounds with 21 coming in the first half and 17 in the second half.

"We came up big on the boards tonight.  Martika and Kendra dominated the boards in the second half," said Williams.

McNeese will travel to Northwestern State Saturday for a Noon game.  The game was originally scheduled for 2 p.m. but was changed to accommodate the men's home Bracket Buster game.