McNeese State Women's Basketball

Updated: Jan. 21, 2012 at 5:05 PM CST
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The following is a press release from McNeese State:

LAKE CHARLES--   McNeese State's women's basketball team got double figure scoring from three players here Saturday in a 64-54 Southland Conference victory over Northwestern State.  The win kept the Cowgirls undefeated in league play at 5-0 and 15-4 overall.  The win also improved the Cowgirls' home record to 22-1 overall and 12-0 in league play, dating back to last season.  The loss drops Northwestern State to 5-13 overall and 1-4 in league play.

"I thought we played hard today.  It wasn't a pretty game but we toughed it out.  I thought the kids did a great job on the boards and made big shots when we needed," said head coach Brooks Donald Williams.

Senior Martika Hull led all players with a game high 12 rebounds.  Senior Kendra Wells and junior Adrienne Minor both ended the game with 10 rebounds apiece.

"Adrienne was a spark off the bench and stepped in and gave us a much needed presence in the paint." said Williams.

McNeese also had three players score in double figures with Ashlyn Baggett leading the Cowgirls with 17 points, including four three-pointers.  Baggett also moved into eighth place on McNeese's all-time career scoring list.  Wells scored 12 points to give her a double-double, her eighth of the year.  Caitlyn Baggett chipped in 10 points, all coming from the free throw line.

McNeese led by as many as 16 points with 6:25 left in the game but didn't score a field goal in the final 2:48 left in the game.  McNeese's defense and rebound picked up the slack as the Cowgirls caused 17 turnovers and out rebounded the Lady Demons by 10 (44-33).

McNeese jumped out to an 8-0 lead on back-to-back three's from Kendra Wells and Ashlyn Baggett.  Baggett also scored on a layup.  After a Northwestern State basket by the Lady Demons, McNeese went on a 6-2 run to take a 12-4 lead with 14:17 left in the half.   With the Cowgirls leading 26-14, Northwestern State went on a 6-0 run to cut the Cowgirl lead to six (26-20) with 4:34 left in the half.  McNeese countered with a run of their own with a 6-2 run to take a 32-22 lead with 3:05 to go in the half.  McNeese closed out the final three minutes of the have by outscoring NW State 6-4 to take a 38-26 halftime lead.

McNeese will return to action Monday night to host Nicholls in a 7 p.m. contest at Burton Coliseum.