LAKE CHARLES- When the 2018 Southland Conference women's basketball schedule was released, there was one stretch in it with seven consecutive road games for McNeese, something no head coach likes to see.
Normally a coach wouldn't want to go on the road for seven straight games for particular reasons, but for the Cowgirls, the road has been a good thing for them- at least in their first three conference road games. Getting on the road was something head coach Kacie Cryer was looking forward too after losing three straight home games to Abilene Christian, UNO and Nicholls, three games the Cowgirls had chances to win.
"We seem to be more focused on the road than at home," said head coach Kacie Cryer. "When you play at home, there are more opportunities to be distracted than there is when you play on the road. I feel like our toughness and determination has remained strong throughout the game in our first set of road games and that has helped get these early conference road wins."
McNeese (8-10, 4-3 SLC) has a perfect 3-0 record on the road this season after its 86-74 road win at Houston Baptist last Saturday. The road just might be the new home for the Cowgirls as they are coming off their best shooting percent of the year and tied its highest point output of the season against the Huskies.
As a team, McNeese is averaging 76.3 points per game on the road and 45.3 rebounds per game, outscoring their opponents by 11 and out-rebounding them by 7.5. The Cowgirls are also shooting 40.6 from the field and 30.8 from behind the arc.
There are some things about playing on the road that have some disadvantages but there are advantages to playing on the road as well and it seems like McNeese is embracing those advantages.