UL Women Complete Epic Comeback To Defeat Appalachian St., 70-66
Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajun women’s basketball team picked up a key Sun Belt Conference home win on Thursday, defeating the Appalachian St. Mountaineers, 70-66, at the Cajundome.
Trailing, 57-44, with 6:59 remaining in the game, the Cajuns outscored Appalachian St., 26-9 the rest of the way, to secure the epic come-from-behind triumph.
The victory was the sixth in the last eight games for Louisiana, who opened a short two-game homestand.
The Mountaineers controlled most of the first half, and jumped out to a 14-point lead, 26-12, with 7:15 left in the initial half, before taking an eventual 30-22 lead into the locker room at half time.
Appalachian St. answered the Louisiana run with one of their own however, outscoring UL, 8-0, over the next 2:27, to hold a 57-44 advantage with 6:59 to go.
That's when the Cajuns went on a spectacular 17-4 run, and after Jaylin Gordon hit a short jumper, the game was tied, 61-61, with 1:32 left.
Louisiana wasn't finished yet, as Keke Veal converted on a lay-up, giving them an unthinkable lead, 63-61, before UL converted on four free throws, including two from Veal and two from Gordon, capping off a 23-4 run, and giving them a 67-61 lead with only :24 left.
That amazing run proved to be the difference-maker, as the Cajuns went on to the incredible 4-point win.
Appalachian St. out-shot Louisiana from the field, 44%-37%, but Louisiana finished with a 40-37 rebounding advantage, while also forcing 21 turnovers.Gordon led the way for the Cajuns, finishing with 22 points and 7 rebounds, while Robbie Brown and Simone Fields added 12 points apiece.
In a losing cause for the Mountaineers, Bria Carter had 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Cooper chipped in with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
With the victory, Louisiana improved to 15-6, overall, and 7-5 in Sun Belt Conference play, while Appalachian St. slipped to 10-10, and 5-6, respectively.
The Cajuns return to action, and conclude the two-game homestand on Saturday, when they host UT-Arlington.