Women's Basketball: Cajuns Defeat Warhawks in SBC Play, 67-57
CAJUNS DEFEAT WARHAWKS IN SBC PLAY, 67-57
LAFAYETTE – Simone Fields had a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns women’s basketball team to a 67-57 win over ULM on Saturday at the Cajundome.
Louisiana (8-4, 2-1 SBC) jumped out to an early 10-3 lead when Jaylyn Gordon knocked down a three-pointer with 6:31 left in the first quarter. Gordon had 19 points for the Cajuns.
ULM (3-11, 0-3 SBC) cut the lead to 14-9 after Gabriella Cortez made a layup while being fouled and connected on the free throw with 3:23 remaining in the first period.
The Cajuns led 23-13 at the end of the first frame and used a 13-4 run to open up the second quarter.
Nekia Jones made a layup to give the Cajuns a 31-17 lead with 4:56 left in the second period.
Louisiana doubled up ULM at halftime and took a 36-18 lead into the locker room.
Gordon connected on a three-pointer to give the Cajuns their largest lead of the game at 44-18 with 6:55 left in the third quarter.
The Warhawks then went on a 12-2 run to trim the Cajuns lead to 46-30 when Stephanie Ratliff knocked down two free throws with 3:22 remaining in the third period.
Louisiana led 52-34 at the end of the third frame. Troi Swain made a jumper to put the Cajuns in front 60-43 with 4:42 left in the game.
ULM cut the lead to 62-54 when Cortez connected on a three-pointer with 40 seconds remaining in the contest. That was as close as the Warhawks would come as the Cajuns made five-of-six free throws in the closing seconds to secure the win.
Cortez led ULM with 20 points while Carissa Moody had 10 points for the Warhawks.
Louisiana will return to action when it hosts Georgia State on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. The Cajuns will then host Georgia Southern on Saturday, Jan. 14 in a 5 p.m. game at the Cajundome.
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