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League-leading McNeese State runs past UTSA, 72-43

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 02/17/2011
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LAKE CHARLES, La. — UTSA shot 27 percent from the field and McNeese State used a 16-2 run to open the second half en route to a 72-43 victory on Wednesday night at Burton Coliseum.

Caitlyn Baggett led the Cowgirls (18-6, 10-1 SLC) with a game-high 19 points, while the Roadrunners (11-13, 7-4 SLC) were paced by junior Ashley Gardner’s 11 points.

After two minutes of scoreless play, McNeese needed just 47 seconds to go on an 8-0 run and take control of the game. All eight points came in the paint and the Cowgirls finished the half with a 20-8 advantage in the lane.

McNeese scored 13 of the next 19 points for a 21-6 advantage. The Roadrunners cut into the deficit with an 8-2 run ignited by a three-point play from sophomore Jermini Malone and capped by a pair of free throws by senior Amber Gregg.

UTSA pulled within nine on a jumper by Gregg with six minutes to play but a late 9-3 spurt gave the Cowgirls a 37-21 lead at the break.

The Roadrunners shot 41 percent in the frame, but attempted half as many shots as McNeese, which shot 47 percent.

The Cowgirls opened the second half like they did the opening stanza, scoring the first eight points as part of a 16-2 stretch.

UTSA tried to chip away at the lead from the free throw line, but McNeese State continued to score in bunches and never led by less than 20 in the final 19 minutes.

The Roadrunners return home to face Nicholls (8-16, 3-8 SLC) in a 2 p.m. contest on Saturday. The game will be televised locally on Time Warner Cable's channel 50.

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