Warhawks prepare for midday showdown with cowgirls
12 noon, Saturday December 18 | Fant-Ewing Colosseum | Monroe, La.
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MONROE, Louisiana – The ULM women’s basketball team tries to bounce back on Saturday noon by taking on McNeese at the Fant-Ewing Coliseum. The Warhawks are 4-8 overall after Wednesday’s 76-72 loss to Northwestern State, while the Cowgirls are 3-7 after a 109-38 loss to Oregon on Monday. Saturday’s game marks the fifth game in an eight-game homestand for ULM.
Saturday’s game will air on ESPN + with Chris Harris (play-by-play) and Mike Vining (analyst) on call. The game will also air on 105.7 FM / 540 AM KMLB, KMLB.com and the TuneIn app on Learfield’s Warhawk Radio Network with Mike hammett on play-by-play.
Saturday’s game is ULM’s 73rd all-time meeting of McNeese with the Series-seeded Warhawks 42-30. The two teams have met at least once in 37 of the past 39 seasons, the only exceptions being the 2012-13 and 2020-21 seasons. The two sides were scheduled to meet on December 21, 2020 in Monroe, but the match was called off due to COVID-19 issues. McNeese has won four of the last five meetings, including a 72-69 victory at Lake Charles on December 1, 2019. The ULM won the last meeting in Monroe, 69-60, on November 18, 2018.
The ULM has placed five double-digit goalscorers for the first time this season in Wednesday’s loss to Northwestern State. It was the 19th time in program history that the Warhawks had five or more players scoring in double digits. Real freshmen Katlyn Manuel, Aasia Sam and Bre Sutton each scored a career-high 15 points. Fifth year senior Kierra Crockett posted a double-double of 13 points, 10 rebounds and a second Gara Beth Self double for the third game in a row with 10 points.
Real freshman Katlyn Manuel continues to excel. The Latwell, Louisiana native recorded a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double against Alcorn on Dec. 4. She followed with nine points and a career-high 13 rebounds against Champion Christian on December 8. She then tied her career high with 15 points and posted nine rebounds against Northwestern State on Wednesday. She is averaging 7.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in six home games.
Second year Gara Beth Self has played well at home this season. The New Albany, Mississippi native is averaging 11.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 38.2% from a 3-point range in six home games. Overall, she is averaging 7.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 31.3% from beyond the arc.
McNeese is 3-7 in Saturday’s contest at Fant-Ewing Coliseum. The Cowgirls have lost five straight games dating back to a 91-53 victory over Centenary on November 24. Saturday’s game marks the end of a five-game road swing for McNeese, which includes games at Mississippi State (102-55), Lamar (88-76), Calif. (102-60) and Oregon (109- 38).
Desirae Hansen leads the Cowgirls with 10.3 points per game while adding 4.5 rebounds per game. Kaili Chamberlin and Zuzanna Kulinska follow just behind with 8.6 points per game. Divine Tanks leads the team on the rebound at 7.3 boards per game. Kulinksa leads the team with 2.4 assists per game. Almost 46% of McNeese’s shooting attempts have come from behind the 3-point line (303 of 662 attempts), with each player attempting at least one shot this season.
ULM and McNeese have a common adversary. The ULM defeated Centenary, 70-36, on November 22, before McNeese defeated the Ladies, 91-53, on November 24.