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McNeese Retires Baggett Twins Jerseys, McNeese Defeats Rice 65-54

Cowgirls Hold On To Defeat Rice


LAKE CHARLES--  The McNeese women's basketball team handed Rice their first loss of the season with in a 65-54 win here Thursday night to improve to 2-1 on the year.  Rice falls to 2-1 on the year.

     Sophomore Allison Baggett led a trio of Cowgirls who scored in double figures with 19 points on the night.  Baggett was 7 of 12 from the field including two three-pointers and was 3 of 4 from the charity stripe.  Senior NeTanya Jones scored a career high 14 points and sophomore Jayln Johnson chipped in 10.  Jones was 7 of 9 from the field while Johnson scored six of her 10 points from the free throw line.  Senior Cecilia Okoye grabbed a career high 16 rebounds with 15 coming on the defensive end.  

     "I'm really proud of the girls for stepping up to the big challenge here tonight.  Rice has a good team and I have a lot of respect for them," said head coach Brooks Donald Williams.  "The post made a big difference tonight and Cecilia on the boards."

     The Cowgirls shot a season high 46.9 percent from the field and held Rice to its lowest shooting percent (26.3) of the season.  The Cowgirls also shot a season high 72.7 percent from the free throw line but were outrebounded by 10 (53-43).

     "NeTanya Jones just gets better everyday," said Williams.  We felt like she was going to be a big difference in the game.  I was really excited to see her get some great catches and tough scores when we needed them.  It takes a lot of pressure off our guards when we can go inside to Tan and "C"- Cecilia Okoye.

     The opening four minutes of the game went back and forth until the Cowgirls took the lead on two free throws by Hailey Jenkins at the 16 minute mark.  Rice came back to tie the game and took a brief lead on a free throw by Reem Moussa with seven minutes left in the half.  A jumper by Baggett and a layup by Jenkins gave the Cowgirls a three point lead and McNeese took their largest lead of the half (26-19) on a Baggett three-pointer with 3:53 left.  McNeese held a 33-27 halftime lead.

      McNeese took its first double digit lead of the game on an Alaina Verdin layup with 19:12 left in the game.  After Rice cut the lead to single digits, Baggett drained another three to give McNeese another double digit lead.  The Cowgirls held a double digit lead for the next 13 minutes and held as much as a 19 point lead during that span.  

     Rice put on their full court press with about five minutes left in the game and caused the Cowgirls to turn the ball over twice.  The turnovers resulted in layups for the Owls who cut the lead to seven points (61-54) with 1:32 left in the game.

     Rice fouled Johnson and Baggett late in the game and both made their free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

     McNeese will travel to Texas Southern next Tuesday night for a 7 p.m. game.

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