THIBODAUX, LA (KPLC)- McNeese State's women's basketball improved to 21-7 and 11-3 in conference play with a 61-49 Southland Conference victory over Nicholls here Saturday.
Seniors Martika Hull and Kendra Wells stepped up big for the Cowgirls today with both players recording double-doubles for the second consecutive game. Hull scored a career high 20 points to go along with her 14 rebounds. Wells scored 10 points and tied her career high with 18 rebounds.
"Both Tika and Kitty played unbelievable and took some pressure off our guards. To see Tika come out and play like she did was good for her. Kitty did a great job as well," said head coach Brooks Donald Williams.
After Nicholls scored the first five points of the second half and tied the game at 32 with 16:25 left in the game, Candace LaCombe hit a three to put the Cowgirls up 35-32 but Nicholls responded with a three of its own to cut the lead to one (35-34). Freshman Ashley Salazar came off the bench to give the Cowgirls a spark on offense as well as defense. Salazar scored a layup to give McNeese a 37-35 lead then three minutes later hit a three to up the Cowgirls' lead to 44-36.
"After Nicholls scored five straight points to begin the second half, we did a great job of settling down and focusing after that. Our guards did a phenomenal job on Sumar Leslie and Salazar gave us the spark we needed," said Williams.
Caitlyn Baggett was the other Cowgirl who scored in doube figures with 10 points tp gp along with her game high six assists.
"When you can go on the road and win four that's big. The road helps you prepare for a different environment. This was a tremendous team win," said Williams.
McNeese held a early lead but a three-pointer by K K Babin tied the game at eight all with 15:45 left in the half. A putback by Martika Hull gave McNeese a 10-8 lead and won they wouldn't give up. McNeese held as much as an eight point lead with 12:00 but the Colonels would cut the lead to two points with 10:20. McNeese went on a 11-6 run and held Nicholls scoreless for the final 6:08 of the half to take a 29-22 halftime lead into the locker room. Almost half of the Cowgirls' points were scored in the paint and 12 were second chance points.
McNeese will conclude its home schedule this Wednesday against Southeastern La. in a 7 p.m. game. Seniors Jordan Hines, Kendra Wells, Raiyawna Gatlin, Candace LaCome and Martika Hull.
"Our fans have supported us and I hope we have a good turn out to honor these seniors. These five seniors have changed women's basketball at McNeese. I want them to go out in style and they deserve it," said Williams.