The win also extended McNeese's home winning streak to 17 games, dating back to last season. The 23 points by SUNO is a school record for fewest points yielded by a McNeese team. The previous record was 29 points scored by Rice during the 1977-78 season.
“This was a good team win. We had a good defensive effort as a team. This game enabled us to give our young kids and reserves some valuable minutes,” said head coach Brooks Donald Williams.
Williams played every Cowgirl that was dressed out and freshman Ashley Salazaar came off the bench to score a season high 10 points.
Senior Kendra Wells led all players with a season high 17 points and 14 rebounds. Wells was one rebound shy of her 17th career double-double in the first half. She had 10 points and nine rebounds in the first half. Senior Candace LaCombe pitched in 11 points and junior Ashlyn Baggett also scored 10 points.
McNeese held a 20-0 lead in the first six minutes of the game before SUNO would get on the scoreboard at the 13:38 mark. The Cowgirls continued to dominate on both ends of the floor and held a 41-7 halftime lead.
The second half was nearly a carbon copy of the first half except for the Cowgirls reserves getting more playing time than in the first half.
McNeese almost doubled up the Knights in the rebound column by outrebounding SUNO 41-23. Wells grabbed six offensive rebounds and eight defensive rebounds to lead all players. Freshman Taylor Gaedtke came off the bench to grab a season high six rebounds.
“We kept our intensity throughout the game. We are looking forward to our break to rest and then get back to working on our fundamentals,” said Williams.
The Cowgirls will break for finals next week and will return to action next Wednesday, Dec. 14 when they travel to Texas Southern. The next home game for the Cowgirls will be Friday, Dec. 16 against LSU in McNeese's “Pack The House” game.