The Ragin’ Cajuns women’s basketball team secured two key Alabama victories during the second week of January. On Jan. 9, Louisiana played South Alabama at home, winning in a close 73-68.
The South Alabama game started with a dominating first quarter from Louisiana. They started with a 7-0 run, and at the end of the quarter, they led 21-10.
Louisiana’s offense stayed strong throughout the game, with heavy contributions from their bench, which South Alabama had no answer for. On the other end, Louisiana’s defense was just as strong, forcing 17 turnovers from South Alabama.
In the final quarter, the score was getting close, but, due to South Alabama trailing, they had to foul. Luckily, the Ragin’ Cajuns sunk 10 free throws in the remaining minutes of gameplay to get their win.
Another factor contributing to their victory was Louisiana leading in free throws and steals, while only having eight turnovers. This was the Ragin’ Cajuns third straight win in a Sun Belt Conference home opener and their first home win against South Alabama in three years.
Leading the Ragin’ Cajuns was junior guard and forward Skyler Goodwin. She scored a season-high 17 points, including two three-pointers. Junior forward, Kimberly Burton also had double digits, while Ty’Reona Doucet, another junior forward, contributed to almost half of the teams’ rebounds.
After the South Alabama win, Louisiana had another Alabama team to face.
On Jan. 11, Louisiana traveled to Alabama to face Troy. This game was another close victory, with the final score ending at 79-73.
The Troy game started off a little slower for Louisiana than the previous game. At the end of the first, they trailed 15-16. The competition remained neck and neck until the last quarter.
The huge fourth quarter is what drove the Ragin’ Cajuns to their win. They scored a season-high 30 points in the quarter, led by freshman guard Makayia Hallmon, who finished with a career-high 14-point game.
In 10 minutes of the fourth quarter, the Ragin’ Cajuns shot 63.6 percent. Overall they shot .435 percent compared to Troy’s .373 percent. Once again, free throws were a big part of the victory. The Ragin’ Cajuns shot .833 percent from the line in comparison to Troy’s .458 percent.
Along with Hallmon, other Ragin’ Cajuns scoring double figures were Goodwin, Doucet and Burton. Doucet scored the remaining four points in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
This was Louisiana’s first away win against Troy since the 2006 season.
The Ragin’ Cajuns now have a two-game win streak. Following these games, they have a 10-5 overall record and a 3-1 SBC record. Up next, they will head to Texas for two away games.
The Ragin’ Cajuns will play UTA in Arlington on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 11:30 a.m., followed by Texas State on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m.
UTA has an overall record of 9-7, but a 3-1 SBC record, just like the Ragin’ Cajuns. Texas State is 0-4 in the SBC and 7-8 overall this season.
Both games will be broadcasted on ESPN Plus and ESPN 1420.