HAMMOND—It took McNeese women’s basketball going on the road to end its three game losing streak with a 77-65 win at Southeastern La. here Saturday.
“It’s always good to win on the road,” said head coach Kacie Cryer. “I was kind of ready to get on the road after our last two games. We had to win those last two but this was a good turnaround and we took care of business today.”
Four Cowgirls scored in double figures with Dede Sheppard leading the way with 17 points before fouling out late in the game. Caitlin Davis scored 16, Jasmyn Carswell tied her career high with 14 and Shayln Rile chipped in 11.
The Cowgirls were outscored 45-33 in the second half but continued to stay the course and used the free throw to its advantage late in the game to pick up the win.
McNeese also used a 53-40 rebound advantage and scored 16 second chance points and got 24 points from its bench.
Southeastern La. had one player score in double figures, that was Taylin Underwood who ended with a game high 32. The Lions made six three-pointers and Underwood had five of the six.
Both teams opened the game by making three-pointers until Dede Sheppard scored five straight points to give McNeese a 10-6 lead. The Cowgirls continued to build on that lead on offense and used its defense to jump start several fast breaks that ended with baskets. The Cowgirls held a 16-8 first quarter lead that ended with a 13-3 run in the last three minutes.
McNeese kept its foot on the pedal and outscored SE La. 28-12 in the second quarter with 18 of those points coming in the paint and 17 from its bench.
After SE La. scored the opening basket of the quarter, the Cowgirls took a double figure lead on three straight three-pointers by Hammond native Regan Bolton that gave McNeese a 14-point lead (29-15). McNeese continue to hold its double figure lead and got scoring from several different players in the quarter and held a 44-20 halftime lead.
“We came out in the first half again and that helped us. We hit seven three’s today and I thought they were good three’s. Once again we controlled the boards but we uncharacteristically gave up 14 offensive boards,” said Cryer.
The Lions came out with a full court press in the third quarter and outscored McNeese 16-8 in the first six minutes and were outscored 22-14 in the quarter but held a 58-42 lead at the end of the quarter.
SE La. would outscore McNeese 23-19 in the fourth quarter but the Cowgirls remained calm and broke the press and stayed within its offense and grabbed big rebounds towards the end of the game. The Cowgirls utilized the free throw line well and ended the game making 13 of 18.
“I’m really proud of our effort today and we need the week off. We have a couple of players a little banged up that need to get healed before our next game.”
McNeese will travel to Houston next Saturday to face Houston Baptist in a 2 p.m. game, the second road game of six in a row.
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