ARLINGTON, Texas— McNeese State's women's basketball team picked up their 20th win of the season here Wednesday with a 70-50 Southland Conference win over Texas-Arlington to improve to 20-7 overall and 11-4 in Southland Conference play. The 20 wins is the second consecutive 20 win season for the Cowgirls.
Seniors Kendra Wells and Martika Hull both ended the game with double doubles. Wells scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Hull scored 12 points and ended the game with 11 rebounds. Ashlyn Baggett led all players with a game high with 17 points while Caitlyn Baggett added 16. Half of Caitlyn's points came from the charity stripe.
McNeese held a 37-29 halftime lead behind a 33.3 field goal shooting and, 45.5 from three-point range and 60.0 percent from the free throw line.
McNeese ended the game making 21 of 31 free throws and picked up 15 steals and scored 32 points in the paint.
UTA took the lead early but that didn't last long as McNeese took the lead at the 18:04 mark in the first half on a three-pointer by Caitlyn Baggett. The three-point not only gave McNeese the lead for good but it was Baggett's 1,000th career point. She becomes the third McNeese player to score their 1,000th point this season. Wells and Ashlyn Baggett reached the milestone against LSU earlier this season.
McNeese continued to extend its lead and held a double digit lead at 9:34 of the first half. The Lacy Mavs would go on a run and
cut the Cowgirl lead to single digits with 5:42 left in the half.
The Cowgirls went into the locker room at the half with an eight point lead.
McNeese came out in the second half and built an 11 point lead four minutes into the half but the Mavs wouldn't go away that easy as they would cut the lead to four with 11:18 left in the game. McNeese would use the free throw line to extend its lead to twenty with 2:19 left in the game.
McNeese will conclude its four game road trip Saturday when the Cowgirls travel to Nicholls for a 3:30 p.m. game.