The following is a news release from Mcneese:
BEAUMONT, Tx. McNeese State's women's basketball team won its fifth straight game and placed four players in double figures here today in its 59-40 Southland Conference victory over Lamar.
"I thought it was a tough and physical game. We came back in the second half with a lot of toughness," said head coach Brooks Donald Williams.
Seniors Kendra Wells and Martika Hull recorded double doubles and Wells recorded her 1,000th career rebound. She grabbed the rebound at the 14:51 mark in the second half. She is only the second McNeese player to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebound in her career. Hall of Famer Pat Jean is the other McNeese player to reach both milestones in her career. Wells ended the game with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The double-double for Wells is her fourth straight.
"This is amazing for Kitty to join that club. We are all so proud of her. She has really battled her four years and dominated the boards. This season she is rebounding at a different level," said Williams.
Hull scored 12 points and tied her career high with 16 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures was Caitlyn Baggett with a game high 14 while sister Ashlyn scored 13. Ashlyn made three of four three-pointers while Catilyn was perfect from the free throw line, making all eight.
The Cowgirls continued to build on its lead in the second half and held as much as an 18 point lead with 14:00 left in the game but the Cowgirls went cold for about four minutes and allowed Lamar to get back into the game. The Cardinals came as close as six points (42-36) with 8:53 left in the game before the Cowgirls went on a 10-0 run to extend its lead to 52-38 with 3:49 left. McNeese ended the game, scoring the last five points on a Ashlyn Baggett three-pointer with 1:34 and two free throws by Caitlyn Baggett with seven seconds left.
McNeese took an early lead in the first half and never trailed holding a double digit lead from the 8:48 minute mark of the half and held as much as a 16 point lead twice. Leading 4-2 early, McNeese went on a 16-4 run to hold a 20-4 lead with 6:07 left in the half and held a 30-15 lead at halftime.
The Cowgirls will travel to Katy, Texas next week to take part in the Southland Conference Tournament which they won last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
The second seed Cowgirls will face seventh seed Southeastern La. at Noon Tuesday in the tournament's opening game.