The Ragin’ Cajuns women’s basketball team has been on a losing streak since the start of the month. On Feb. 1, Louisiana faced their first loss against Little Rock.
Following that loss, they competed against South Alabama on Feb. 6 and Troy on Feb. 8, both resulting in losses.
The Little Rock game was an uncharacteristically low scoring game for Louisiana. They lost 44-59 in their home arena.
At the time of the game, this was their first home loss in over 40 days. This was also their fifth loss in a row to Little Rock.
Little Rock started the game off hot when they went 10-for-10 from the floor to get their offense flowing. They continued this momentum and even went on runs in which Louisiana failed to score, but the Ragin’ Cajuns were still able to stay close within nine points.
At halftime, the score was 35-26, but once the third quarter began, Little Rock came back with the same amount of force and Louisiana had no answer for it.
Little Rock’s shooting percentage was around 45 compared to Louisiana’s 35. Little Rock also had fewer turnovers and led in three-pointers, rebounds and free throws.
Though at least nine Louisiana players scored, sophomore guard Andrea Cournoyer led the team with nine points. Junior forward Ty’Reona Doucet added nine boards.
After the Little Rock loss, Louisiana had several days to prepare for their next matchup. They traveled to Mobile for their game against South Alabama.
The South Alabama game’s result was a 63-78 loss. The first half was rough for Louisiana. They trailed for the majority of the time, even by 20 points at one time.
Again Ty’Reona Doucet was a standout player. She scored 19 points and did extremely well in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 points to try to make a comeback for Louisiana.
Sophomore guard Brandi Williams added 14 points to Doucet’s 19 to be the second-leading scorer.
After halftime, things were looking up. The Ragin’ Cajuns went on runs of their own and outscored South Alabama 11-5 in the first few minutes of the third quarter.
Louisiana got within five points of South Alabama in the fourth quarter, but they couldn’t secure the win. South Alabama’s high shooting percentage shut down their comeback hopes.
The Ragin’ Cajuns’ next opponent was another Alabama team, though this time it was at home against Troy. This was by far the closest game of the three, with Louisiana only losing 64-67.
This game was exciting from start to finish. In the first quarter, the game seemed evenly matched. Louisiana only trailed 16-19 at the end of it.
After halftime, Louisiana went on two scoring runs, but Troy was able to recover. At the end, Louisiana was losing by three with 14 seconds left. They made an attempt to score a three to force overtime but failed.
Much like previous games Cournoyer, Williams and Doucet were vital to Louisiana’s victory. All three scored in double-digits, while Doucet also had three blocks, putting her on the school’s list for all-time blocks at No. 7.
Even though this was another loss, Louisiana still forced Troy to have 19 turnovers and score under 70 points. Troy has only scored under 70 points one time this season before Louisiana held them to it.
Following these games, the Ragin’ Cajuns now have a 13-9 overall record and a 6-5 Sun Belt Conference record. They will face two Georgia teams at home next.
On Thursday, Feb. 13, Louisiana takes on Georgia State at 6 p.m. Two days later, they will play Georgia Southern at 2 p.m.
The Georgia State game, as well as the last game of the season, will be broadcasted on ESPN Plus. Including the Georgia games, there are only seven regular-season games left.