By McNeese Assistant SID Pam LaFosse
LAKE CHARLES -- McNeese State seniors Cecilia Okoye and NeTanya Jones recorded double-doubles and career highs in a 77-67 win over Southern-New Orleans Thursday night to improve to 7-3 on the year.
Okoye led all players with a career-high 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, one shy of tying her career high. Jones scored a career-high 19 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds. Arianna James also ended the game with double-figure rebounds with 10, also one shy of her career high.
"Our post players took advantage of some open opportunities," said McNeese coach Brooks Donald Williams. "As a team, we have come together as a whole and have done some really good things during this break before the holiday."
The Cowgirls shot 34.9 percent from the field and 73.9 percent from the free throw line (17-23). Okoye was 11-of-12 on free throws.
Southern-New Orleans was led in scoring by Brandy Broome, who had 20 points. Victoria Davis chipped in 17 points.
McNeese began the second half with a 16-4 run to take a 52-34 lead and held as many as a 26 point lead with 6:03 left in the game. With, five minutes left in the game, head coach Brooks Donald Williams cleared the bench.
The Cowgirls held as much as an 11-point lead in the first half. The Cowgirls also led by as many as 10 points (30-20) with 3:31 left in the half. SUNO hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the lead to four. McNeese outscored SUNO 6-4 the rest of the way to hold a 36-30 halftime lead.
"The girls will now take a much needed break and we look for them to come back and pick up where we left off come conference time," Donald Williams said.
McNeese will return to the court Dec. 28 when it travels to nationally ranked Baylor. The Cowgirls then return home Jan. 2 to host Southeastern Louisiana in the Southland Conference opener for both teams.