NATCHITOCHES, LA (KPLC)- McNeese State's women's basketball team picked up its second consecutive Southland Conference victory here Saturday with an 80-62 win over Northwestern State. The win is the second victory over Northwestern State this season to improve the Cowgirls to 19-7 overall and 9-3 in league play.
"This is the best we have played in awhile. Our mentality and attitude felt different. I hope this is the start of something special, " said head coach Brooks Donald Williams.
McNeese built on its halftime lead and held as much as a 22 point lead three times in the second half. McNeese went on a 14-8 run in the first five minutes of the second half to take a 56-35 lead.
Caitlyn Baggett led all players and tied her career high with 26 points. Baggett scored 14 of her 26 points from the free throw line where she was perfect. The 14 free throws made is also a career high for Baggett.
Sister, Ashlyn scored 19 points on 6 of 14 from the field including three 3-pointers. Ashlyn was nearly perfect from the charity stripe, making four of her five attempts.
Kendra Wells recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Wells was 5 of 10 from the field and also 4 of 5 from the free throw line.
McNeese shot 42.1 percent from the field and 83.9 percent from the free throw line and dominated the boards by outrebounding the Lady Demons 40-26.
"We did a phenomenal job of boxing out and our post did a great job of defending their post." Said Williams.
McNeese State scored on its opening possession and never trailed in the first half holding its largest lead of 15 with one minute left and also the halftime score of 42-27. The Cowgirls took a double digit lead with 9:29 left in the half on a 3 pointer by Ashlyn Baggett . Baggett led all players with 13 first half points while reserve Adrienne Minor led with five rebounds.
McNeese will continue its four game road schedule next week with games at Texas-Arlington next Wednesday and at Nicholls next Saturday.