UL Women Edged By UALR, 68-66
UL sophomore guard Jaylin Gordon
Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajun women’s basketball team fell at home in Sun Belt Conference action on Thursday, dropping a close 68-66 decision to the UALR Trojans in their 2014-2015 home finale at the Cajundome.
With the win, UALR completes a two-game series sweep, after defeating Louisiana, 67-41, back on December 30, in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The Cajuns led, 9-7, at the 15:10 mark of the first half, until the Trojans went on a 19-2 run over the next 9:30, to take a 26-13 lead with 5:40 left in the half, before eventually taking a 31-23 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
UALR out-shot Louisiana, 63%-35%, while also out-rebounding the Cajuns, 14-11, over the first 20 minutes.
Alexius Dawn led the way for the Trojans in the first half, scoring 10 points, while Kia Wilridge had 6 points at the break for the Cajuns.
UALR continued to add to their lead in the second half, extending their advantage to a game-high 22 points, 50-28, with 12:53 remaining.
Then it was time for Louisiana to go on a run, outscoring UALR, 32-10, over the next 8:41, to get within six points, 60-54, with 4:12 left.
Dawn came right back with a clutch three-pointer, her fifth of the game, to give UALR a 63-54 lead with 2:23 to go.
Down, 65-56, with only :45 left, the Cajuns refused to give up, getting two big steals, a three-pointer by Robbie Brown, and then a jumper by Jodi Quinn to cut the deficit to two points, 65-63, with :10 left.
The Trojans iced the game at the free throw line however, as they hung on for the two-point victory.
UALR out-shot Louisiana from the field, 62%-43%, while also finishing with a 27-25 rebound advantage.
Dawn, along with Taylor Gault and Kaitlyn Pratt led the way for the Trojans, finishing with 17 points apiece, while Shanity James added 6 points and 8 rebounds.
In a losing cause for the Cajuns, Wilridge finished with 16 points and four rebounds, while Jaylin Gordon chipped in with 15 points.
With the victory, UALR improved to 25-4, overall, and 18-2 in Sun Belt Conference play, while Louisiana, dropped to 18-10, overall, and 10-9, respectively.
The Cajuns return to action on Saturday, when travel to take on Arkansas St. in their regular season finale.