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Cowgirls Pick Up A 63-51 Win Over Louisiana Tech

 

LAKE CHARLES—  The McNeese women's basketball team remained undefeated at home ( 4-0) and improved to 6-3 overall Tuesday with a 63-51 win over Louisiana Tech. 

     Sophomore Allison Baggett led all players with a game high 26 points.  Baggett was 9-of-18 from the field and 3-of -5 from three point range.  Baggett also ended the game making 5-of-7 from the charity stripe. 

     " I thought it was a great team win.  We started off sluggish but found our way.  Freshmen Amber Donnes and Haily Jenkins both gave us a huge spark tonight.  I thought Alaina Verdin set the tone for us early and also gave us a spark," said head coach Brooks Donald Williams.

     Baggett was the only Cowgirl to score in double figures while Louisiana Tech had two players score in double digits.  Lulu Perry came off the bench to lead La. Tech with 15 points and Veanca Hall chipped in 10.  Whitney Frazier grabbed a game high 11 rebounds.  McNeese's Arianna James came off the bench to lead the Cowgirls with eight rebounds.

     McNeese ended the game shooting 367.7 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from three-point range and 73.1 percent from the free throw line.  The Cowgirls' defense held Louisiana Tech to a 27.3 shooting percent and a 16.7 three-point percent.

     The Cowgirls built on their halftime and held a nine point lead early in the second half.  Louisiana Tech cut the lead to three points twice in the second half, with the last time being with 3:31 left in the game.

     With the Cowgirls leading 50-47, McNeese outscored the Lady Techsters 13-4 in the final three minutes of the game to claim the victory.

     Louisiana Tech held the lead for all but the last 2:19 minutes of the first half.  The Cowgirls went on a 12-0 run that began with 4:40 left in the half. Jenkins made two consecutive layups to cut the lead to 19-18. Bagett then took control and scored the final eight points of the half.  Baggett sank a three with 2:19 left to give McNeese a 21-19 lead.  Baggett then banked in a three on the Cowgirls' next trip down the court for a 24-19 Cowgirl lead.  Baggett extended the Cowgirls' lead to 26-19 on a layup with 1:08 left in the half, which ended up as the halftime score.

     After starting off slow, the Cowgirls ended the half with a 36.7 field goal shooting percent while the Lady Techsters shot 24.3 percent.

     The Cowgirls will host Southern (N.O.) Thursday night at 7 p.m.  The game will be the last home game until the Cowgirls return home Jan. 2 to host Southeastern La. in the Southland Conference opener.

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