After two away losses in the past week, the Ragin’ Cajuns women’s basketball team are currently ranked 10th overall in the Sun Belt Conference, giving them an overall record of 6-17 and a SBC record at 4-8.
The Ragin’ Cajuns first faced Georgia Southern Thursday, Feb. 7, losing 71-79.
Regardless of an impressive second half start, which included an 11-0 run, Louisiana failed to pick up the victory against Georgia Southern. The Ragin’ Cajuns even had their best shooting percentage in conference play this season at 47 percent.
Key players to the game included sophomore center Ty’Reona Doucet, freshman guard Brandi Williams and sophomore guard Jomyra Mathis.
Doucet earned her 10th double-double of the season. She scored seven points in the first six minutes of the game and finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Williams added 25 points, scoring 20 in the second half. She tied her career-high in points and led all scorers on both teams in the game.
Mathis contributed 14 points. This gave Louisiana an impressive three players in double digits.
Following the loss against Georgia Southern, the Ragin’ Cajuns failed to gain back momentum in their next matchup on Saturday
Louisiana lost to Georgia State 71-74. Both games were lost in close competition.
Both teams played very well throughout the matchup. Louisiana shot almost as well as the Georgia Southern game, at 46 percent.
It was very much a back-and-forth clash. However, the final play of the game was what cost Louisiana the win.
In the fourth quarter, with 21 seconds left, the score was 72-71 with Louisiana losing. Georgia State had two free throw opportunities and made both, making the score 74-71.
After that, with 16 seconds left Louisiana looked for Mathis at the wing for a final shot, but she missed the three-point attempt, and Louisiana lost.
Standout players once again were Williams, Doucet and Mathis, plus freshman guard Andrea Cournoyer.
Williams had 24 points, while Doucet had 14. Mathis added 10, and Cournoyer scored 15.
This was the first game that saw Louisiana have more than three players score double digits since Nov. 30 against Texas A&M.
The Ragin’ Cajuns are now on a three-game losing streak, with only six games left in regular season play.
Before playing in the two games, Louisiana Head Coach Garry Brodhead said Georgia Southern had always been a tough place for the Ragin’ Cajuns to play.
“I can’t figure out why – maybe it’s the gym – we get some wins, but it’s always been a struggle,” Brodhead said. “I don’t think it’ll be anything different for our freshman and our young kids.”
Brodhead also said he hopes of splitting the two Georgia games to go 1-1.
“Anytime you can split on the road, I think it’s a positive thing,” Brodhead said.
Up next, The Ragin’ Cajuns will travel to play their rivals, The University of Louisiana at Monroe Saturday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m.