McNeese women's basketball falls 63-58 To UL-Lafayette In WBI semifinals

Published: Mar. 22, 2015 at 2:41 AM CDT|Updated: May. 21, 2015 at 2:41 AM CDT
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LAFAYETTE (KPLC) - by Pam LaFosse, McNeese sports contributor

McNeese women's basketball couldn't put together a complete game as the Cowgirls fell 63-58 to Louisiana-Lafayette in the second round of the WBI on Saturday. McNeese ends its season with an 18-14 overall record.

The game highlighted what could be argued as the two best guards in the state going against one another in McNeese's Jayln Johnson and UL-Lafayette's Keke Veal. Both players led their respective teams in scoring. Johnson ended the game with 20 and Veal scored a career high 29.

McNeese dug itself a whole early after beginning the game 1 of 9 from the field while the Cajuns jumped out to 4-0 lead and held a double digit lead (16-6) nine minutes into the game. The Cajuns shot close to 50 percent for most of the first half, ending the half with a 45.5 percent.

The Cowgirls trailed by as many as 15 points (41-26) early in the second half but slowly chipped away at the lead and eventually took the lead for a moment after going on a 10-3 run with &'37 left to play. Johnson took matters into her own hands and scored six of the Cowgirls' points during the run.

UL-Lafayette retook the lead on the next possession on two free throws by Simone Fields for a one-point lead.  McNeese's Victoria Rachal would score on a put back to give the Cowgirls the lead again 58-57 with one minute to play. Jaylyn Gordon hit the Cajuns' second three-pointer of the game with: 52 seconds that began a 6-0 run to end the game for the Cajuns.

McNeese trailed 34-23 at the half after shooting 42.9 percent from the field. The Cowgirls connected on 9 of their 21 shots from the field and committed 11 first half turnovers. The final three trips down the court in the half resulted in charges by the Cowgirls.

Also joining Johnson in double figure scoring was Allison Baggett with 11 and senior Talisa Boyd pitched in 10.