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Despite finishing 7-23, there are still positives for women's basketball


Sophomore Skyler Goodwin attempts to drive through the defense as the Ragin' Cajuns take on the ULM Warhawks at the Cajundome on January 19, 2019.

On Monday, March 11, the Ragin’ Cajuns women’s basketball season officially came to an end. Louisiana ended their season with an overall record of 7-23, and a Sun Belt Conference record of 5-13. This ranked them 10th in the conference.

With a roster filled with freshman and sophomores, it was tough for Louisiana to stay consistent throughout the season. Head Coach Garry Brodhead said he wants to push his players to work harder in practice and become more consistent in games next season.

“Our record doesn’t indicate how good we really could be,” Brodhead said.

One of the Ragin’ Cajuns star players, a sophomore guard and forward Skyler Goodwin, was plagued with an injury for the majority of this season. Last season, as a freshman, she was the leading scorer for Louisiana, averaging 9.6 points per game. It was hard for the Cajuns not having her in full capacity this season.

Though the season did not turn out like planned, there were three key players who stepped up for Louisiana. They led the charge for Louisiana, and put up impressive numbers within the SBC.

Ty’Reona Doucet is a 6’1 sophomore center who averaged 13.2 points per game, the team’s highest. She also averaged the highest amount of rebounds, with 8.3 per game. Doucet played in all 30 games and started 27, despite an injury that limited her play time in a few games.

One of her most impressive games was on Nov. 11 against McNeese State. She had 22 blocks and scored 29 points in the game, which added to her 396 total for the season.

Doucet was also impactful on the defensive end. She garnered 27 blocks, and 31 steals throughout the season.

Another impressive player for Louisiana is freshman guard Brandi Williams. Aside from Doucet, Williams averaged the most points per game with 12.8. Her average also led all freshman in the Sun Belt Conference.

Williams played in all 30 games and started in 29 of them. She proved to be a force to be reckoned with from the jump. In her first collegiate appearance, she scored 16 points, in just 36 minutes.

Williams also played the most minutes this season, averaging 33.3 per game. On top of that, Williams set a new school record for most points scored by a freshman, finishing with 384 this season.

For a guard, she had a high rebound average of 3.6. Williams was also the team’s and the conference’s leading free-throw shooter, shooting 88 percent from the line.

Another freshman guard, Andrea Cournoyer was a big contributor this season as well. She played in all 30 games, started in 23 and averaged 25.9 minutes per game.

Cournoyer was a threat on both ends of the court. On the offensive end, she buried 39 three-pointers throughout the season. Tied with Williams, she had a team-high of four three-pointers on Jan. 3 against Arkansas State. That same date, she had her season-high 21-point game.

Cournoyer also led the team with 2.1 assists per game, and a total of 64. Defensively, she averaged 1.9 steals per game, ranking sixth in the SBC. On Nov. 25 in a game against Auburn, she garnered a high of seven steals, adding to her team-high total of 57.

All three players acted as controllers of the court throughout the season, whether it was offensively or defensively. Doucet, Williams and Cournoyer were also all young players who will continue and work hard for next season as Brodhead said.

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