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Islander women win against McNeese



On Feb. 25, fans cheered on the Islanders Women’s Basketball team as they went head to head with the McNeese Cowgirls from Louisiana.

The game took place at the American Bank Center and ended in a victory for the Islanders.

“We kept thinking how many points are we going to need to win,” said head coach Royce Chadwick.

Team leaders for the game were Kassie Jones, senior criminal justice major, Brittany Mbamalu, redshirt junior public administration major, Ashanti Plummer, redshirt senior kinesiology major, and Camesha Davis, senior business management major.

The Islanders closed the first half of the game, leading with a score of 42-34. Halftime featured the Islanders Dance team performance of their National Competition Routines and the Cinderella Dance Academy’s little ballerinas.

After half time, the Islanders continued to lead until roughly around three minutes before the third quarter was up. The McNeese Cowgirls caught up with a score of 50-50. However, after a significant three-point basket was made by Jones, the Islanders ended the third quarter once again in the lead with a 55-54 score.

To begin the final quarter of the game, Camesha Davis, senior business management major,  scored a two-point basket followed by a three-pointer from Jones.

Evidently, Jones scored a career high of 28 points and moreover, that included 11 out of 12 shooting. Coming in as a tie for second in the point range were Mbamalu- guard and freshman, Dalesia Booth.

“The girls team has come a long way this year. Every game you can the improvement in their teamwork and dedication,” said Kara Shelton, sophomore nursing major.

Prior to this game, the McNeese Cowgirls were ranked 11 in the country in offensive rebounds. However, in this game against the Islanders, they were only able to obtain eight “second opportunities.”

“We hope that they keep striving for greatness and continue on to conference,” Shelton said.

In the upcoming week, the Islanders women’s basketball will head for the Southland Conference Tournament in Katy, Texas at the Merrell Center, where they will once again battle it out with the McNeese Cowgirls along side multiple other teams.“We have a couple of home games left so the table is set for us to accomplish what we need to accomplish here in the next two weeks,” Chadwick said.

Catch all the action from the upcoming games through recaps on Island Waves or follow on twitter @IslandWavesToGo.

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