LAKE CHARLES— McNeese women’s basketball suffered its first Southland Conference loss Wednesday night at the hands of Nicholls by a score of 63-43.
McNeese (4-8, 4-1 SLC) were without head coach Kacie Cryer and assistant coach Patrece Carter who both missed the game due to COVID 19 protocol. Assistants Amanda Clemons and Grant Fontenot took over for Cryer and Carter.
The Cowgirls got off to a cold shooting start and never got on track as Nicholls (6-8, 5-2 SLC) held a 14-6 first-quarter lead and then a 27-17 halftime lead.
The Cowgirls were getting the shots they wanted, the shots weren’t falling like they have in the past four games.
McNeese scored the opening basket of the game off a Le’Shenae Stubblefield layup but Nicholls tied the game on the next possession on a layup by Chyna Allen then took the lead on a Terris McKay layup and never relinquished the lead.
Both teams traded three-pointers to open the third quarter and McNeese got as close as four points (35-31) following back-to-back three-pointers by Lizzy Ratcliff and Claralee Richard with 4:41 left in the quarter. But a Nicholls 10-2 run to end the quarter put the Colonels up 45-33.
Nicholls opened the final quarter with another scoring run (16-2) to extend the lead to 61-35, its largest lead of the game.
McNeese ended the game shooting 29.2 percent from the field (3-21 from 3-point range) while Nicholls shot 44.2 percent from the field and scored 34 points in the paint.
Richard led the Cowgirls with 13 points and Divine Tanks in her first game back after missing the last two games recorded a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
Nicholls had four players score in double figures and was led by Anna McKendree’s game-high 15 points off the bench. McKay ended the game with 14 points and Chelsea Cain also recorded a double-double (13 pts., 12 reb.). Rounding out the double-figure scoring for Nicholls was Adrian Mann, who finished with 11 points.
McNeese will travel to Lamar this Saturday for a 2 p.m. game that will be broadcast on ESPN+.
- Cowgirls were without head coach Kacie Cryer and assistant coach Patrece Carter due to COVID 19 Protocol
- The loss is McNeese’s first conference loss of the season
- Two Cowgirls scored in double figures (Claralee Richard, Divine Tanks)
- Tanks returned to the court after missing the last two games due to COVID protocol. The junior from Lake Charles recorded a double tonight (12 pts., 15 reb.)
- The Cowgirls leading scorer, Kyla Hamilton was held scoreless and Le’Shenae Stubblefield who has scored 20 or more points in the last two games was held to four points