After staying on an impressive winning streak, the Ragin’ Cajuns women’s basketball team continued to show out in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. Prior to the conference, they had a record of 14-5 and the last game they lost was as far back as Jan. 1.
In the quarterfinals round of the tournament, Louisiana faced South Alabama in Pensacola, Florida. With a score of 65-46, the Ragin’ Cajuns let everyone know early on that they’re here to stay. Head Coach Garry Brodhead also scored his 150th win with the squad thanks to their win over South Alabama.
Jomyra Mathis and Brandi Williams led the charge for Louisiana in their win against South Alabama. Both guards scored in the double digits and contributed to the Cajun’s high-energy offense from the jump.
Another key contributing factor was the team being explosive on the boards. Ty’Reona Doucet and Skyler Goodwin each had over 10 rebounds. High rebounding is what kept the ball in Louisiana’s hands more so than their opponents and it paid off.
After their win against South Alabama, Louisiana advanced to the semifinals, taking on Little Rock. The end result of the matchup was a 58-48 Cajuns victory. This advanced the Ragin’ Cajuns to the championship game against Troy.
The outcome comes as no surprise since Louisiana has beaten Little Rock three times already this season, even as recently as Feb. 27. Little Rock was the team the Cajuns beat in order to become the regular-season champions of the Sun Belt Conference. It’s only fitting that they do the same for post-season.
Again Williams was a frontliner, scoring over 15 points. Rebounds were also vital for the Cajun’s victory over Little Rock.
“In 50 years this is the first time that anybody has ever won the conference, but we won’t be the last,” said Brodhead following their win. This time last season, Brodhead talked about the team needing to be more consistent and after a few rough games early on, that’s exactly what they’ve been this season.
The Troy game was a repeat of the 2017 championship matchup, in which Louisiana lost. This time Louisiana also fell short of the Trojans. Multiple players scored in double digits, but with a 73-65 loss, it was just not enough for the Cajuns.
Before becoming regular-season SBC champs, Louisiana was ranked the no. 1 seed in the Sun Belt West Division. This helped them become the top seed in the tournament and have a bye for their first game, which ultimately led to them becoming the runner-up at the SBC Championship Tournament after their loss to Troy.
This ranking also qualified Louisiana to participate in the 2021 Postseason WNIT. Stay tuned for the official bracket.
This season was a true roller-coaster with cancelations and losing streaks, but Louisiana turned that around in late January. As it’s unfortunate Louisiana lost in the end, but congratulations are still in order for a phenomenal season and the upcoming WNIT.