Baggett twins named McNeese's Co-MVP's
LAKE CHARLES-- Seniors Ashlyn and Caitlyn Baggett walked away with top honors Sunday in front of a capacity filled Club Level room at the Doland Athletic Complex at the McNeese women’s basketball annual awards banquet. Both were also honored with the defensive award and Ashlyn also walked away with the offensive award while Caitlyn was presented the Cowgirl Award .
The twins were named the F.E. Salter Memorial co-MVP’s after leading the Cowgirls to a third postseason appearance, advancing all the way to the championship game of the Women’s Basketball Invitational Tournament. The Cowgirls also posted their third 20-win season with a 21-15 overall record.
Ashlyn led the Cowgirls in scoring and ranked second in the league with 19.1 ppg. This season she became McNeese’s and the Southland Conference’s three-point leader. She ends her career as McNeese’s second all-time career scoring leader, ranks fifth in career assists and ninth in career steals. In the WBI tournament, Ashlyn became the first McNeese player to score 2,000 career points and make 300 career assist against Elon in the second round.
Also this season, she led the team in steals and three-point field goal percent. She scored in double figures in 33 of 36 games, including the last 24. She was a first team All-Louisiana pick, second team All-SLC and was named to the SLC all-tournament team.
Caitlyn became the Cowgirls’ career assists leader and third all-time leading scorer this season. She dished out a career high 10 assists at Sam Houston State and scored a career high 38 points while making a school record 17 consecutive free throws in the win over Mercer in the first round of the WBI Tournament. She led the team in assists for the fourth straight year and ranked fourth in the SLC. She also led the team and the SLC with an 86.7 free throw percent. She capped off her career by leading the Cowgirls in scoring in the WBI tournament with 24 points per game, shot 93.5 percent from the free throe line, making 29 of 31 free throws. She shot 64.7 percent from three-point range and dished out 21 assists.
Junior Cecilia Okoye was presented the “Newcomer of the Year” award as well as the Frances T. King Memorial Rebound Award.
Okoye played in 35 games and started in 29. She led the team in field goal percent, rebounds and was third on the team in scoring. She shot 50 percent from the field, averaged 7.1 rebounds per game and 9.1 points per game. She was also named the Southland Conference “Newcomer of the Year”. Okoye ranked sixth in the Southland Conference with 7.1 rebounds per game. She also led the team in rebounding in seven games and recorded eight double-doubles on the season. She also recorded 10 or more rebounds in nine games and grabbed a career high 15 against Texas Southern.
The most improved award went to junior NeTanya Jones. Jones played in 34 games and started in two. She averaged 1.4 points per game and 2.7 rebounds per game but she was most impressive during the WBI Tournament where led the team with 6.8 rebounds per game. She grabbed a career high seven rebounds against Mercer in the WBI first round game only to come back the next game against Elon to grab a new career high 10 rebounds against Elon.