McNeese WBB Holds Off Sam Houston State For a 59-55 SLC Win - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

McNeese WBB Holds Off Sam Houston State For a 59-55 SLC Win

By McNeese Assistant SID Pam LaFosse

LAKE CHARLES--  The McNeese women's basketball team held off Sam Houston State here Thursday night and came away with a 59-55 Southland Conference road win.  The Cowgirls (9-5, 2-1 SLC) were led in scoring by Allison Baggett's 19 points.  Jayln Johnson and Cecilia Okoye also scored in double figures with 14 and 11 points, respectively.  Sophomore Alaina Verdin grabbed a career high 12 rebounds.

     The Cowgirls extended their lead to 11 points twice in the second half but Sam Houston State wouldn't  go away.  The Bearkats cut into the Cowgirl lead and trailed by two points (48-46) with 7:38 left to play.  The Cowgirls never relinquished the lead and used the free throw line to their advantage late in the game.  The Cowgirls scored five of their last eight points from the charity stripe and used half court pressure to seal the win. 

     Both teams ended the game shooting 33.9 percent from the field while the Cowgirls shot 78.3 percent from the free throw line.  Sam Houston State stayed in the game by using the three-pointer.  After shooting 6.7 percent (1-15) from behind the arc in the first half, the Bearkats were 5 of 11 in the second half for a 45.5 field goal percent. 

     On the other hand, the Cowgirls had one of its worst nights from behind the arc, making one of 11 attempts.  Johnson made the only trey for the Cowgirls in the first half.

     Sam Houston placed three players in double figures with Amanda Barnes (16), Kristina Smith (13) and Angela Beadle (11).  Nyha Carter led the Bearkats with 12 rebounds.  Beadle came into the game as the league's leading rebounder, averaging 10 per game.  McNeese's NeTanya Jones held her to seven on the night and below her scoring average of 15.1 ppg.

     McNeese took the lead from the opening tip and never looked back.  Sam Houston State cut the lead to one point (22-21) with 5:30 left in the half after going on an 8-0 run.  The Cowgirls responded with an 11-0 run to take a 33-21 lead on a layup by Amber Donnes.  The Cowgirls held a 34-25 halftime lead.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • breaking

    Two dead following single-vehicle crash near Lake Charles

    Two dead following single-vehicle crash near Lake Charles

    Thursday, July 27 2017 2:24 PM EDT2017-07-27 18:24:14 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Two people are dead following a single-vehicle crash that happened east of Lake Charles early Thursday morning, state police said.

    Sgt. James Anderson with Louisiana State Police Troop D said the crash occurred shortly before 1 a.m. on La. 3020 near Catalina Street. 

    More >>

    Two people are dead following a single-vehicle crash that happened east of Lake Charles early Thursday morning, state police said.

    Sgt. James Anderson with Louisiana State Police Troop D said the crash occurred shortly before 1 a.m. on La. 3020 near Catalina Street. 

    More >>
  • VIDEO: DeRidder Police searching for suspected gas station thief

    VIDEO: DeRidder Police searching for suspected gas station thief

    Thursday, July 27 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-07-27 18:00:32 GMT
    DeRidder gas station theft suspect (Source: DeRidder Police Department)DeRidder gas station theft suspect (Source: DeRidder Police Department)

    DeRidder police are looking for a man caught on video attempting to steal a bag from an unlocked car parked at a gas station pump. 

    The DeRidder Police Department has posted surveillance video of the Tuesday, July 25 incident on its Facebook page.

    More >>

    DeRidder police are looking for a man caught on video attempting to steal a bag from an unlocked car parked at a gas station pump. 

    The DeRidder Police Department has posted surveillance video of the Tuesday, July 25 incident on its Facebook page.

    More >>
  • TRAFFIC: Cameron Ferry back in service

    TRAFFIC: Cameron Ferry back in service

    Thursday, July 27 2017 1:26 PM EDT2017-07-27 17:26:13 GMT
    Cameron Ferry (Source: KPLC)Cameron Ferry (Source: KPLC)

    The Cameron Ferry is currently out of service. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    The Cameron Ferry is currently out of service. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly