LAKE CHARLES – Stephen F. Austin got a triple dose of the Baggett’s as all three Baggett sisters were the only double digit scorer’s for the Cowgirls in McNeese’s 66-60 Southland Conference win over the Ladyjacks here tonight.
The youngest of the Baggett’s, Allison scored a career high 19 on 8 of 16 from the field including 3 of 7 from three point range. She also grabbed four rebounds and was credited with two steals.
Allison saw limited playing time during McNeese’s wins over Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and Sam Houston State last week but was reinserted into the lineup when Ashley Salazar went out with an injury.
“Allison has stepped up big,” said McNeese coach Brooks Donald Williams said. “She was kind of in a freshman lull. They all go through that. But when Salazar went out with an injury, Allison was automatic. She knew she had to step up. Her and Jayln (Johnson) both. She’s continuing to get better and stronger.”
Allison’s older sisters, senior twins Caitlyn and Ashlyn also scored in double figures with 19 and 12 points, respectively. Caitlyn was 3 of 10 from the field but nearly perfect from the free throw line, making 13 of 14 attempts. Ashlyn was 4 of 18 from the field with one three-pointer and 3 of 4 free throws.
Junior Cecilia Okoye led the Cowgirls with eight rebounds while Shayln Riley and Charity Robinson came off the bench to grab five rebounds apiece.
Stephen F. Austin was led by Porsha Robert’s who collected a double-double with game highs, 21 points and 10 rebounds.
McNeese held a 34-23 halftime lead and led by as much as 15 points twice in the first half.
In the second half, Stephen F. Austin would come back to tie the game and took as much as a three point lead with 7:54 left to play. McNeese retook the lead on five consecutive free throws by Caitlyn to regain the Cowgirl lead (52-51).
McNeese extended its advantage to six on baskets by Robinson and Caitlyn for a 57-51 lead. SFA would cut the lead to two points twice with two minutes left to play, the last time coming with 1:06 left.
Allison would hit a three from the left elbow to extend McNeese’s lead to five (62-57) with :42 left in the game. The final seven points of the game for both teams came from the free throw line. Caitlyn scored the Cowgirls’ last four points on free throws.
McNeese moved into sole possession of third place with the win and will host Northwestern State at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Civic Center.