Cowgirls Fall To Texas A&M In NCAA Tournament
The Cowgirls gave there best Sunday afternoon but fell short to end there season in which they had the biggest turnaround in NCAA history.
SHREVEPORT- McNeese State's women's basketball record setting season came to an end here Sunday afternoon with a 87-47 NCAA Tournament first round loss to Texas A&M. The Cowgirls' end the season 26-7 while the Aggies improve to 28-5 and will play the winner of the Louisiana Tech/Rutgers game at 8:30 p.m. Monday night with the winner advancing to the regional round in Waco, Tx.
"Texas A&M is an exceptionally talented team. I have a lot of respect for coach Blair and his program. We did come out very timid but a lot of it had to do with A&M's defense and the pressure they put on our game. It was certainly a tough mismatch. We forced a lot early and it was probably the worst start that we have had this year. I'm proud of what we were able to accomplish this year but A&M is very good, said head coach Brooks Donald Williams."
Caitlyn Baggett led the Cowgirls with 22 points, making 10 of 20 from the field and was 1 of 3 from three-point range. The Cowgirls ended the game with four three-pointers and senior Ne'Aisha Anderson had two of them. Junior reserve Martinka Hull led all players with a game high 10 rebounds. Hull pulled down seven offensive and three difensive.
"We tried to keep the game plan but they were so fast and that and their size pushed us into the paint making us force shots we're not used to taking. They're one of the best defenses in the country," said Baggett.
The Cowgirls struggled from the field from the get go and had shots that would normally fall, not falling here today. McNeese who shoots well from the three-point line, struggled today and made four of 17 attempts and were five of 10 from the free throw line. The Cowgirls were outrebounded 45-25 by the taller and quicker Aggie players.
The Aggies had four players score in double figures and were led by a State Farm All-America Regional Finalist and a Naismith Wade Trophy & John R. Wooden Award list, Danielle Adams.
Adams was 6 of 11 from the field and made all six free throws. Also scoring in double figures was Tyra White and Kelsey Assarian with 12 apiece while Adaora Elonu chipped in 10
Texas A&M jumped out to an 8-0 run in the first four minutes of the game with six points coming off fast break points following Cowgirl misses on the offensive side. The Cowgirls got on the scoreboard on a layup by Martika Hull. Texas A&M then went on another 8-0 run to take a 16-2 lead with 12:11 left in the half.
Caitlyn Baggett made the first of two free throws with 11:13 left but back to back layups by the Aggies Tyra White and Kelsey Assarian with 9:16 on the clock. Hull made the first of two free throws on the following possession for a 22-4 score with 7:37 left.
With the Baggett twins only sophomore's, the future looks bright for the Cowgirls!!! Congrats to the McNeese Cowgirls on a great season!!!