Freshman Alexandria Goodly (0) takes the ball to the basket as the Ragin' Cajuns take on the McNeese Cowgirls on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019.

The Ragin’ Cajuns women’s basketball team split a recent pair of away games. On Thursday, Jan. 16, Louisiana played UTA, followed by a game against Texas State on Saturday, Jan. 18.

Thursday’s game started off early at 11:30 in the morning and ended with a 52-79 Louisiana loss. From the get-go, the Ragin’ Cajuns failed to gain offensive momentum to keep up with UTA. At the end of the first quarter, Louisiana was down 8-15. The following three quarters all saw a scoring of 16 points and below for Louisiana, while UTA scored over 20 points in two out of three of the quarters.

The Ragin’ Cajuns shot a low 30% compared to UTA’s above 50%. This was one of Louisiana’s lowest offensive percentages of the season.

Louisiana was trailing UTA the entire game. Another reason for the loss was the lack of rebounding. UTA outrebounded the Ragin’ Cajuns 42-28.

Two key players trying to spark the offense were Jomyra Mathis and Brandi Williams. Mathis is a junior guard and forward who had 13 points while Williams, who also had 13 points, is a sophomore guard. But their points alone were not enough to match UTA, who had a single-player score 30 points.

Historically, the Ragin’ Cajuns have lost nine out of 14 games played against UTA. Over the course of those 14 games, the scoring average for Louisiana has been 57 points. Their last win was in 2018, with a score of 54-48.

After the loss on the 16, Louisiana fought extra hard to come home with one win against a Texas Team. They fought to the very end to win 73-67 against Texas State.

Again, Louisiana’s offensive started off slow. By halftime, they only scored 21 points in comparison to Texas State’s 36. However, after halftime, new energy ignited in Louisiana, and they turned the game around.

The second half saw Louisiana reach a season-high point average with 52 points. In the start of the third quarter, with over 9 minutes left to play, Louisiana was still down 18 points, but it was their free throws that kept them in the game.

The Ragin’ Cajuns went 23 for 23 at the line in the last 20 minutes of the contest. This was one of their most impressive comeback wins and the team’s largest come-from-behind victory since 2017.

Junior forward Ty’Reona Doucet and junior forward and guard Skyler Goodwin spearheaded the win. They combined for 13 rebounds and 42 points.

Louisiana’s offense wasn’t the only impressive part of the Texas State game. Their

defense forced 11 steals and 19 turnovers.

The history between Texas State and the Ragin’ Cajuns is a little more positive. Louisiana has 8 wins against them out of 15 games. Before the win this year, the last win was in 2018, with a score of 65-58.

The Ragin’ Cajuns now have an 11-6 overall record and a split Sun Belt Conference record at 4-2.

Up next, Louisiana will return home for the last two games of January. On Thursday, Jan. 23, the Ragin’ Cajuns will compete against Arkansas State.

Then, on Saturday, Jan. 25, they will face ULM. The ULM game will be broadcasted on ESPN Plus.

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