She was one of three Cowgirls to score in double figures, ending the game with 22 points. Junior Jayln Johnson led the Cowgirls with 25 points and Amber Donnes pitched in 11. Senior Talisa Boyd led McNeese with 11 rebounds. McNeese State 73, Stephen F. Austin 67LAKE CHARLES, La. — McNeese State women’s basketball upset preseason Southland Conference favorite Stephen F. Austin 73-67 in its Southland Conference opener Saturday in front of the largest crowd to see a Cowgirl game in Burton Coliseum this season. McNeese State 73, Stephen F. Austin 67Sam Houston State 59, UIW 55Lamar 67, Nicholls 62 Both road contests will be broadcast live on www.LamarCardinals.com. Led by 20 points and seven assists from JaMeisha Edwards, Lamar (4-8 overall, 1-0 Southland) improved to 17-2 all-time against Nicholls in Beaumont. Lamar leads the overall series 21-14. Sam Houston held a lead for more than 18 minutes of the first half and the Bearkats were up by as many as 10 points. Shadijah Moore scored the first basket of the game before Incarnate Word answered to tie the game. The Cardinals never led in the first half. McNeese will remain home to host Houston Baptist in a 5:30 p.m. game on Monday. Moore finished with nine points and 10 rebounds. Saundra Guillory pulled down nine rebounds and added two points from the free-throw line. – Return to top – Stephen F. Austin (7-5, 0-1 SLC) came out in the second half and scored first on a Porsha Roberts layup to cut the lead to seven. McNeese went on a 13-6 run to take its largest lead of the game (14 points) five minutes into the second half. Jenny Nash had 15 points to lead Nicholls (4-8, 0-1), while Tia Charles finished with 11 points. The Colonels hurt themselves with 28 turnovers that led to 29 points. Robertson made six straight free throws in the final minute of the ballgame to keep Incarnate Word from rallying. The junior transfer scored 12 of her 19 points in the second half. She also had four rebounds and three assists. The Bearkats led for almost the entire game and never trailed in the second half. The crowd of 1,046 also witnessed Allison Baggett’s 1,000th career point. The junior from Iota, Louisiana reached the milestone midway through the first half to give McNeese a 21-12 lead. Baggett became the 14th Cowgirl to score 1,000 career points. UIW kept the game close in the second half, including cutting the Bearkat lead to two points in the final seconds. – Return to top – Morghen Day scored 14 points and was 4-of-5 from three-point range. The sophomore guard was a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc in the first half and led all scorers with nine points at the break. Day led the Kats with nine assists. Johnson scored the next four Cowgirl points on two free throws and a layup to bring the Cowgirl lead back up to six points with 47 seconds left in the game. SFA’s Ross made a layup then stole the inbounds pass and made another layup to cut the lead to two points with 40 second left. A jumper by Baggett and two free throws by Johnson sealed the victory for the Cowgirls. The Cardinals were led by Aricka Adams, who scored 12 points and pulled down six rebounds. Shanise Brooks added 11 points and had nine rebounds. Sam Houston is back in action Monday night against Northwestern State. The Berakats and Demons tip off at 5:30 p.m. at Johnson Coliseum. Roberts ended the game with a double-double, her tenth of the season with a game-high 26 points and 12 rebounds. Taylor Ross scored 14 and Tierany Henderson added 11. Addesha Collins came off the bench to score 13 points for Lamar, while Baileigh O’Dell had 12 points. The Lady Cardinals take to the road for a pair of Southland Conference games next week. Lamar is at New Orleans at 5:30 p.m. Monday and at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. Thursday. Lamar’s next home game is 7 p.m. Jan. 13 against Central Arkansas. Edwards had 10 points in each half for Lamar, helping seal the win by going 5-of-6 from the foul line in the second half. Edwards was 7-of-8 from the line for the game. Her seven assists tied a career high. Lamar 67, Nicholls 62BEAUMONT, Texas – The Lamar Lady Cardinals found a way to continue their dominance of Nicholls at home, holding on for a 67-62 win over the Colonels in a Southland Conference women’s basketball game at the Montagne Center on Saturday. Sam Houston State 59, UIW 55HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Shernise Robertson scored 19 points and was 10-of-10 from the free-throw line to lead Sam Houston State to a 59-55 win over Incarnate Word in the Southland opener for both teams. The Bearkats had a slow start to the season but sit 1-0 in league play after the win. McNeese (7-5, 1-0 SLC) jumped out to an early 5-2 lead with Donnes scoring five of the Cowgirls’ first seven points. McNeese held the lead the entire game and held as much as a 12-point lead in the first half. The Cowgirls went into the half holding a 34-25 lead. Stephen F. Austin slowly cut into the Cowgirl lead and with the Cowgirls holding a slim one-point lead with 4:52 to play, Donnes came up big by canning back-to-back treys to up the Cowgirl lead to seven. SFA countered by going to Roberts who scored SFA’s next six points to cut the McNeese lead to two points with 1:41 to play. – Return to top – Lamar outrebounded Nicholls 44-41 for the game after being outrebounded 21-20 in the first half. Lejha Smith had a career-high eight rebounds to lead Lamar.