Last Modified: Saturday, November 17, 2012 8:26 PM
The McNeese State Cowgirls opened their home schedule in style, cruising to a 59-42 win over Texas Southern.
McNeese (1-1) never trailed after the first 5 minutes and got a boost off the bench from Cecilia Okoye and Allison Baggett. Okoye produced a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds, while Baggett scored all 10 of her points in the second half as the Cowgirls pulled away.
Caitlyn Baggett led McNeese with 21 points, including 15 in the first half.
Texas Southern (0-2) shot 31 percent and committed 23 turnovers. The Tigers stayed within single digits of the Cowgirls for most of the first half, but McNeese scored the final five points of the half to stretch their lead to 35-23 at the break.
“We are getting better every day, I feel good about where we are,” said McNeese head coach Brooks Donald Williams. “There are many things we have to continue to work on, the girls know that, but I thought this was good for them today.
“Texas Southern played SMU close this week. We were worried about them. They did some good things, they attacked us and gave us some things we struggled with. I thought we rebounded a little bit better today. Offensively, we crashed the glass a lot better. We saw some other kids do better today than in the opener.”
Okoye was chief among those, bouncing back from 8 scoreless minutes in the season-opening loss to Vanderbilt with 21 strong minutes against Texas Southern, helping McNeese to a 47-33 rebounding advantage.
“I was just happy to contribute for the team, defense is number one for us so I was glad to get some rebounds for the team,” Okoye said. “We had more communication today. Everyone was blocking out and talking so I was getting a lot of help from my teammates.”
Williams said she expects Okoye to continue attacking the glass.
“The kid can rebound. She is getting better every day and we are excited about where she is going to be later in the season,” said Williams. “She just had to get here and adjust. She had a really good junior college career. She has come here, watched how we do things and gotten comfortable. She is going to become a rebounding machine, we hope.”
Janelle McQueen led Texas Southern with 14 points.
McNeese will host Houston at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Posted By: P.Q. On: 11/18/2012
Title: YOU GO MOM!
I and all the other McNeese fans are glad she is a Cowgirl :)
Posted By: Richard Baggett On: 11/18/2012
Title: Baggett's uncle
AMEN! Your Daughter played an excellent game. She's a tremendous addition to the team.
Posted By: Edith Mbachu On: 11/17/2012
Title: Cecilia Okoye's mother
I was filled with joy, when I read that my daughter Cecilia(SILK) Okoye contributed to her team. All I can say is "Glory be to God Almighty!