LAKE CHARLES—McNeese women’s basketball will travel to Dallas, Texas Friday to face Southern Methodist in a 1 p.m. game that will mark the final game before the Cowgirls break for the Christmas Holiday and it will also be their final tune-up before the Southland Conference opener on Dec. 28.
This will be only the second meeting between the two teams who last played each other 32 years ago. The Mustangs lead the series 1-0 after defeating McNeese 77-65 in Dallas during the 1985-86 season, the year the Cowgirls were Southland Conference Co-Champions.
McNeese (4-6) will look bounce back from a 74-62 road loss at Louisiana Tech on Monday night that saw freshman Bre’Ashlee Jones score a career high 12 points. Jones enters the game averaging 6.1 ppg. and 6.1 rpg. Seniors Keara Hudnall and Dede Sheppard continue to pace McNeese in scoring with 11.9 ppg. and 10.3 ppg., respectively. Senior Jasmyn Carswell leads the Cowgirls with 6.4 rpg.
The Mustangs (5-6) are coming off a come from behind 63-60 win over Loyola-Marymount on Wednesday that improve their home record to 4-1 this season. Their only home loss was 64-58 to TCU on Nov. 14.
McNeese will be the third Southland Conference university to face the Mustangs. Nicholls fell 68-61 in the season opener and Abilene Christian dropped a 65-44 game to the Mustangs on Nov. 21.
McKenzie Adams is one of two SMU players averaging in double figures, leading the team with 19.2 ppg. Kiara Perry is averaging 11.2 ppg. and leads the team with 7.5 rpg. Dai’ja Thomas is second on the team with 7.1 rpg.
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