McNeese Cowgirls lone undefeated team in conference play
LAKE CHARLES – With their 72-71 road win at Nicholls State and a 70-63 Sam Houston State loss at Stephen F. Austin Wednesday night, McNeeese State's women's basketball team is now the only undefeated team in the Southland Conference with a 6-0 record. The Cowgirls are 14-5 overall, doubling their wins from last season. The win extended McNeese's winning streak to seven game and the Cowgirls have now won 12 of their last 14 games.
The Cowgirls have remained undefeated in conference play with five of their six wins coming on the road. No other conference team has played more than three SLC road games so far and the Cowgirls are the only team to play three consecutive SLC games on the road.
The road schedule doesn't get any easier as the Cowgirls have two more consecutive road games, making that seven of their first eight conference games being played on the road this season. The Cowgirls will travel to Central Arkansas Saturday for a 2 p.m. game. The game is the first game of a doubleheader with the Cowboys. McNeese will play at Sam Houston State next Wednesday before returning home Feb. 5 to host Stephen F. Austin with that game being played at the Lake Charles Civic Center.
Saturday's game will pit the league's top defensive team in McNeese against the league's best field goal shooting team in Central Arkansas. The Cowgirls are holding their opponents to 56.4 ppg. and also lead the league in scoring margin, outscoring their opponents by 13.9 ppg. and are the league's top free throw shooting team with a 72.9 percent.
Sophomore Ashlyn Baggett continues to be the Cowgirls' top scorer, averaging 15.8 ppg. and leads the league in scoring in conference games only with 21.2 ppg. Baggett is coming off a season high 27 points against Nicholls, scoring 22 second half points. Baggett ranks fourth in the league in scoring and is fifth with a 36.1 three point field goal percent.
Junior Raiyawna Gatlin is averaging 10.3 ppg. in conference games only and ranks second in the SLC with a 50.8 field goal percent.
Junior Kendra Wells continues to lead McNeese with 7.4 rpg. while Caitlyn Baggett leads the team with 4.0 apg., a 84.2 free throw shooting percent and 1.8 steals per game. Wells ranks eighth in rebounds in the SLC and ninth in defensive rebounds and 12th in offensive rebounds. Baggett ranks third in the league in assists, fourth in free throw percent and is tied for ninth in steals. Kiara Johnson ranks third in the league with 3.6 offensive rebounds.
The Bears are led in scoring and rebounding by sophomore Megan Herbert, who is averaging a double-double. Herbert is averaging 16.6 ppg. and 11.2 rpg. and leads the league in both categories as well as a 56.5 field goal percent and 4.8 offensive rebounds per game. Herbert leads the league with 12 double-doubles this season.
As a team, Central Arkansas leads the SLC in field goal shooting (41.1), three-point field goal percent (33.3), assists (14.7), steals (11.6), offensive rebounds (16.1) and three-pointers made (7.9).