The Ragin’ Cajuns women’s basketball team is officially set to start their season on Dec. 31. The team will face off against South Alabama at the Cajundome before getting into the rush of games starting on Jan. 2. The season will last until Feb. 27 before the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in March.
The game opener will be at home for the first time since the 2012 season. In addition, the majority of the games will be held at home this season. This season will also be smaller compared to the last one, which started in November.
Last season, Louisiana finished with an overall record of 19-12 and fourth in the Sun Belt Conference. With this record, they were heading toward a good run in the Sun Belt Tournament before all games were canceled due to COVID-19.
Their first-round game during the tournament was an 81-64 win against Georgia Southern. In the quarter-finals, they defeated Little Rock in a close 49-46. The semifinals game was scheduled against Troy in New Orleans, but never happened.
Power trio Ty’Reona Doucet, Brandi Williams and Skyler Goodwin led the Cajuns in point and rebound averages last season. In particular, Doucet led the charge with 12.6 points per game, which made her accolade at the end of the season come as no surprise.
Doucet was named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Second Team. This was voted on by their staff based on gameplay from athletes.
Another accolade came from Jasmine Thomas. She was honored with the Park Place Surgical Hospital Female Student-Athlete Comeback of the Year Award. She overcame a knee injury in the middle of the 2019 season and appeared in 17 games, starting in 14.
This season, like last season, Head Coach Garry Brodhead is still at the forefront. He previously spoke to Jay Walker about how recruiting was different for this season.
“I think because we worked ahead of time, we knew who we wanted early on, so when this happened it kept that door open for us,” Brodhead said.
There are some newcomers to the squad for the upcoming season. One of those newcomers is freshman forward Tamera Johnson. She played high school ball for Lafayette Christian Academy where she averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds as a junior. This helped LCA reach their third consecutive state title and helped Johnson be named Second Team All-State, First Team All-Acadiana and First Team All-District.
Another is Lafaedria Green, a freshman forward in her own right. She averaged 11.5 points and 10.6 rebounds and was previously named Second Team All-District and First Team All-Parish. She played for Ouachita High School where she won 2-5A District MVP and New Star’s 2020 All-NELA Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
Destiny McAfee is another addition, though she is a junior who played two seasons with Weatherford College prior to signing with Louisiana. At Weatherford, she started in all games and averaged 15.2 rebounds, 5.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists. She was also named Defensive Player of the Year for two seasons and was named First Team All-NTJCAC.
"Our focus for the 2020 class was not only to fill it with some scoring and rebounding but complete it with players that could defend in full court and the half-court," Broadhead said. "We feel that we accomplished our goal with this signing class."
Before preparing for this upcoming season, Louisiana took part in Hurricane Laura relief alongside other Ragin’ Cajun athletes. Look forward to seeing the women’s basketball team back in the Cajundome soon.