McNeese State Cowgirls fall to Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tn. – The breaks went Memphis' way in the second half here Wednesday night as they defeated McNeese State 62-34 in a non-conference women's basketball game.

The loss drops the Cowgirls to 7-5 overall while Memphis improves to 9-3 on the year and extends their winning streak to seven on the season and 16th straight at Elma Roane Fieldhouse.

Caitlyn Baggett led the Cowgirls with 15 points on the night, one point shy of her career high. Baggett was five of seven from the field and was the only Cowgirl to attempt free throws on the night, making four of five. Kiara Johnson led the Cowgirls with six rebounds.

The Tigers had two players score in double figures with Nicole Dickson scoring a game high 16. Jasmine Lee recorded a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

The Tigers outscored the Cowgirls 41-16 in the second half and began the second half on a 7-0 run and continued to extend their lead as the game went on. The Cowgirls were overpowered under the basket here tonight as the Memphis outrebounded McNeese 44-25. McNeese failed to score on second chance opportunities and on the fastbreak. Memphis scored 30 of their 62 points from the paint and shot 45.7 percent from the field and 64.0 percent from the field. Memphis ended the game, making 16 of 25 free throws while the Cowgirls were four of five from the charity stripe for the entire game.

McNeese trailed 21-18 at the half behind a 29.6 field goal shooting percent. McNeese was eight for 27 from the field while Memphis shot 38.1 percent from the field, making eight of 21. The Tigers made three of five free throws while the Cowgirl never made it to the free throw line in the half.

Sophomore reserve forward, Brittany Dickson came off the bench to score 10 first half points. Dixon was four of five from the field and two of three from the charity stripe.

Caitlin Baggett led McNeese with five points in the half. Baggett was two of four from the field. One of her field goals was a three-pointer.

Both teams struggled to score early in the game but when they did, the Cowgirls took a 5-0 lead six minutes into the game. Ashlyn Baggett gave the Cowgirls a two point lead on a layup befored Cancace LaCombe drained a three-pointer at the 14:27 mark.

Memphis cut into the Cowgirl lead on a three-pointer by Dixon then tied the game at five all on a jumper by Brittany Carter. A layup by Dickson gave Memphis a two point lead (7-5) with 11:50. McNeese would tie the game on a Kiara Johnson layup. Another three-pointer by Dickson would give Memphis a 10-7 and one they would not give up in the half.

With the Tigers leading 21-14 with 1:22 left in the half, McNeese ended the half by scoring the final four points to cut the lead to three (21-18). Rayawna Gatlin would hit a jumper in the lane with :40 seconds and Kendra Wells sank a jump shot as the halftime buzzer sounded.

McNeese will return to action on Monday, Jan. 3 to host Centenary in a non-conference game before beginning Southland Conference play on Jan. 8 at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

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