Sep 30, 2013 3:34 PM by McNeese State Sports Information
Prior to the Cowgirls' Nov. 14 home game against Rice, McNeese will retire the jerseys and numbers of twins Ashlyn and Caitlyn Baggett, two of the most prolific women's basketball players to come through the program. Number 10 and 11 will be the first jerseys retired in program history. The Baggetts gained national attention for the McNeese Cowgirl program putting the Cowgirls on the map as well as cultivating a new excitement in the Lake Area community that saw attendance records skyrocket throughout their career.
During their careers, the Baggetts led McNeese to three consecutive post-season tournaments (2011, 2012 NCAA; 2013 WBI) as well as two Southland Conference Tournament titles (2011, 2012) and a regular season Southland Conference Title (2011). The two also earned Southland Conference Tournament MVP honors, Ashlyn in 2011 and Caitlyn in 2012. Both players were three-time All-Southland Conference picks as well as three-time All-Louisiana selections.
The duo notched their names in the McNeese record books as both ended their careers ranked second and third in career scoring. Ashlyn ended her career ranked second in scoring with 2,053 points while Caitlyn was third with 1,674 points. Ashlyn is only the second player in McNeese history to score 2,000 career points and the first to make 300 career three-pointers. Each player owns career records as well. Ashlyn is the McNeese and Southland Conference career three point leader with 308 career three-pointers. Caitlyn holds the career assists record with 550. Both players are also ranked in career steals. Ashlyn ranks ninth with 180 and Caitlyn with 178. Caitlyn also holds the single game record for free throws made and consecutive free throws made. She canned 17 consecutive free throws in 2013 against Mercer in the first round of the WBI.
Off the court, the players were just as outstanding as they were on the court. Both players were named to the Southland Conference All-Academic team three times. Ashlyn was named the league's Student-Athlete of the Year for three consecutive years and was named to the 2011-12 Capital One District 6 Academic All-America Team. Caitlyn was awarded the prestigious Southland Conference Steve McCarty Citizenship award in 2013.
McNeese plans on retiring the jersey of Pat "Shoney" Jean during the 2014-15 season in conjunction with the program's 4oth anniversary.
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