The Ragin’ Cajuns women’s basketball team is off to a great start so far this season. After playing in two exhibitions, they finally had their first official season game.
The first exhibition game was against Mississippi College at the Cajundome. Louisiana won 73-65.
The second exhibition game saw Louisiana compete against Spring Hill College. The Ragin’ Cajuns beat them, winning 85-48.
After two successful home exhibitions, Louisiana played their first home and official game of the season.
The game was held on Nov. 7, with the Ragin’ Cajuns facing Loyola. This was the first meeting between Loyola and Louisiana, and the game was broadcasted on CST and ESPN plus. The game could also be heard on 960 AM talk radio.
The final score of the game was 67-51. With this win, head coach Garry Brodhead is 7-1 in season openers since leading the program.
Louisiana had an unstoppable combination of offense and defense that led to their victory. Teamplay and communication were evident on both sides of the court.
Over 10 players scored in the game, with more than five of them scoring at least five points. Defensively, the team was all about playing strong and maintaining their hustle.
The defense held Loyola to shooting less than 40% each quarter and 34% overall. In contrast, Louisiana shot 42% overall.
The contest was fairly even with both teams only scoring eight points to start with, until the second quarter came. In the second quarter, Louisiana shot 71% and was fueled by key players scoring.
After halftime, they only came out stronger. In the third quarter, the Ragin’ Cajuns went on a 13-3 run. Following that impressive run, Louisiana led by 15 points or more for the rest of the game except for a brief lapse in the last minute of the game.
Key players for Louisiana included junior guard Skyler Goodwin, sophomore guard Andrea Cournoyer, junior forward Ty’Reona Doucet and freshman guard Makayia Hallmon.
Goodwin led the team with 12 points, while Cournoyer added seven. Cournoyer was strongest in the first half, while Goodwin produced more in the second for an even contribution.
Doucet added nine points, which included banking four field goals inside the arc. Hallmon contributed eight points.
Play from Doucet and Hallmon helped Louisiana beat Loyola in bench points 34-3. The team worked cohesively with 15 of their 24 baskets coming off assists.
Statistically, Louisiana led in more than just shooting percentage. The Ragin’ Cajuns had fewer turnovers than Loyola, more steals and a better three-point shooting percentage.
Next up the Ragin’ Cajuns play Mcneese State at the Cajundome on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m., followed by Southeastern on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. Both games will be broadcasted on ESPN plus.
The Ragin’ Cajuns won their games last season against both teams, so it should be interesting to see if the streak continues. Following their next two games, they will travel to New Orleans for a game against UNO on Thursday, Nov. 21.