Cowgirls Survive Scare, Advance to Semis

KATY, Texas--  McNeese State's women's basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the Southland Conference Women's Basketball Tournament here Tuesday with a 67-55 win over Southeastern La. to improve to 24-7 overall.  The Cowgirls will play Texas State at 12:05 p.m. Thursday.  The game will be shown on the Southland Television Network and can be seen on Suddenlink (Channel 27) in Lake Charles. 

Senior Kendra Wells dominated the boards here today with a career high 21 rebounds, five shy of the tournament record.  Wells had eight rebounds in the first half and ended the game with 13 defensive rebounds.  Wells nearly missed her seventh consecutive double-double by scoring nine points.

Ashlyn Baggett led all scorers with a game high 19 points while Caitlyn Baggett chipped in 18 points. Adrienne Minor grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench and scored a season high seven points.
"We got off to a rocky start but settled down and began to stick to our game plan.  We began to play with an attack mentality in the second half and improved as the game went on," said head coach Brooks Donald Williams.
The rocky start Coach Williams is talking about is a 16-2 deficit seven minutes into the game.  The Cowgirls put together a 10-0 run to cut the lead to six with 11:30 left in the half.  The Cowgirls would eventually take the lead (27-25) with 1:36 left in the half on a Minor layup.  McNeese would hold a 32-27 halftime lead after a 5-2 run to end the first half.
"We had a big need for Adrienne because Martika (Hull) got into early foul trouble.  Adrienne held her own against a big mismatch down low," said Williams.
McNeese continued to stick to the game plan in the second half and held its first double digit lead with 11:25 to go on an Ashlyn Baggett layup.  Southeastern La. would get as close as five points with 6:20 left but another Cowgirl run would push the lead back to 11 points on two free throws by Wells.