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Challenges await Cowgirls

Last Modified: Thursday, August 14, 2014 11:33 AM

By Troy LaFleur / American Press

The McNeese State Cowgirls’ 2014-15 basketball schedule was released on Wednesday, and while they were able to avoid perennial contender Baylor this time, around it doesn’t mean things will be any easier for them this coming season.

The Cowgirls tip off the season with a 12-game nonconference schedule that consists on five teams that reached the postseason last spring.

Head coach Brooks Donald Williams, entering her seventh year with the Cowgirls, is excited about the challenges the new season holds.

“We’re thrilled about the upcoming season and the challenges that lie ahead,” she said in a school news release. “We have an extremely challenging, home-and-away nonconference schedule. Several of our nonconference opponents participated in postseason play this past year, and three of those will tip it off in Burton Coliseum in front of our home crowd.”

Those five postseason teams are Texas Southern, Texas, Texas A&M, Southern Mississippi and Tulane.

The Cowgirls open their season on Nov. 14 against Louisiana College before hosting Tulane two days later. Throughout the rest of the month they will host LSU-Alexandria and Southern Miss before traveling to Texas A&M.

In December the Cowgirls host a doubleheader with NAIA Wiley College and Centenary before hitting the road for trip where they will play at Louisiana-Monroe, Texas and Rice. They will host Texas Southern in the nonconference finale on Dec. 29.

“We’ve worked really hard to bring good basketball during the months of November and December to Lake Charles, something we’ve gotten numerous requests for from our loyal fans,” Williams said.

The Cowgirls will host 2014 Women’s Basketball Invitational finalist Stephen F. Austin on Jan. 3 in a doubleheader.

The Southland Conference will begin a new format this season in which Saturdays will consist of doubleheaders for men’s and women’s game, while men will play single games on Mondays and women will play single games on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The Cowgirls’ regular-season finale will be played on March 7 at home against Central Arkansas.

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