Women’s Basketball: McNeese handles Northwestern State

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LAKE CHARLES — For the first time since the 2017-18 season, the McNeese women’s basketball team is off to a 2-0 Southland Conference start following a 67-47 win over Northwestern State Saturday.

McNeese (2-7, 2-0 SLC) was led in scoring by Divine Tanks, who ended the game with her first double-double of the season. Tanks ended the game with a career high 23 points to go along with her season high 11 rebounds. Tanks was 11 of 16 from the field and 1 of 2 from the free throw line on the day. Six of her 11 rebounds came on the defensive end. Mychala Linzy joined Tanks in double figure scoring with 10 points.

Northwestern State (0-7, 0-2 SLC) also had two players score in double figures with Erin Harris leading the Lady Demons with 13 points. Julia Sion added 11 and led NW State with eight rebounds.

McNeese continued its solid defense on Saturday, scoring 29 of its points off 21 NW State turnovers. The Cowgirls scored the first four points of the game and held a 38-18 lead at the half. McNeese continued to build on its lead and held as much as a 27-point lead four minutes into the third quarter.

Despite being outrebounded 42-41, McNeese picked up a season high six blocks with Claralee Richard swatting away four of the six including three consecutive blocks on three straight NW State possessions in the second quarter.

“What a tremendous win to go 2-0 in league play,” said head coach Kacie Cryer. “Another total team effort and I am proud of them. We are playing with a lot of confidence right now and we need that. I thought Divine Tanks played really well today, she brought it on both ends to finish with a double double.”

“Our defense has really been good for us the last two games. It isn’t anything that we have done differently on defense, we just told them that if you are in the right position within our defensive principles then you will create turnovers.”

McNeese opened the game by scoring the first four points before NW State scored the next four points to tie the game at four all. McNeese went on an 11-1 run to take a 15-5 lead late in the quarter. McNeese 18, NW St. 8

The Cowgirls continued its good defense in the quarter especially late in the quarter when the Cowgirls picked up three straight blocks, all by Claralee Richard and caused NW State to turn the ball over 13 times in the half. McNeese scored 15 points off those turnovers. McNeese 31, NW State 15

McNeese opened the quarter by taking a 9-2 lead but went on about a three-minute scoring drought before Richard’s jumper with 3:05 left in the quarter to give the Cowgirls a 51-26 lead. McNeese went scoreless in the last 1:35 minutes of the quarter. McNeese 53, NW State 32

Northwestern State outscored the Cowgirls 15-14 in the quarter and ended the game on a 6-0 run behind a Cowgirl scoring drought but the Cowgirls never let the led get below 20 points. McNeese 67, NW State 47

•- Divine Tanks scored a career high 23 points and grabbed a season high 11 rebounds to record her first double double of the season.

•- Mychala Linzy also scored in double figures, ending the game with 10 points.

•- Claralee Richard picked up a career high four blocks, three coming in the second quarter

•- as a team, the Cowgirls picked up a season high six blocks

•- For the second straight game, McNeese records 10 or more steals. McNeese was credited with 11 today.

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