Cajuns WBB Remains Undefeated

HAMMOND, La. – Sophomore guard Jaylyn Gordon totaled 23 points and the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball team put together a 9-0 run late in the second half to record a 71-60 win over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday afternoon at the University Center.

With the win, Louisiana moved to 4-0 for the first time since the 1983-84 season. The Lady Lions dropped to 2-3 on the season, suffering their first loss at home this season.

"It seems like we keep getting better," said head coach Garry Brodhead. "We're always talking about the juniors and how we have some maturity, and it's showing up. They're able to finish a game where in the past it was difficult to finish games. We're coming together and playing harder. It's impressive to see them continue to get better."

Gordon shot 10-of-17 from the floor, finishing two points shy of a career high. Kia Wilridge added 19 points, also two points off her career high, in addition to recording a team-high seven rebounds and four assists. Keke Veal was the third Cajun to score in double figures, totaling 14 points with a team-best three steals.

"In the past, we hadn't really played them (Jaylyn Gordon, Kia Wilridge, Keke Veal) all at the start of the game because we were trying to save them because of fouls," Brodhead said. "When they're in the game together, they make a lot of things happen. They play really well together. They move the ball and can defend well. It's been a good move for us to have them on the floor at the beginning."

Nanna Pool led SLU with 18 points and 15 boards while Symone Miller added 16 points and Elizabeth Styles chipped in 10.

After the Lady Lions took an early 5-0 lead, the Cajuns answered with an 8-0 run to grab an 8-5 advantage four minutes into the game. Outside shooting helped the Lady Lions stay in the contest in the early going as Miller knocked down SLU's third three-pointer of the game at the 13:58 mark to give the Lady Lions a 15-12 lead.

Teams traded baskets for a majority of the first period. After a layup by Pool put the Lady Lions up 29-27 with 40 seconds to play, the Cajuns put together a 6-0 spurt to end the half. Gordon knocked down two free throws and added a layup before a layup by Veal in the final seconds gave Louisiana a 33-29 lead at the break.

Veal hit two-three pointers in the opening minutes of the second half to help Louisiana stretch its lead to 45-38 with 14:47 to play. Veal extended the Cajuns' lead to double digits for the first time one minute later with a layup to make it 49-39.

Leading 51-39 with less than 13 minutes to play, SLU cut into its deficit with a 9-2 run with six points coming from Pool for a 53-48 score with 8:52 to play.

However, Louisiana would not let the Lady Lions get any closer as the Cajuns put together an 11-2 run with nine points from Gordon for a 64-50 game with 5:19 remaining. SLU came within eight in the final five minutes but Louisiana was able to pull out a 71-60 win.

The Cajuns shot 45.3 percent from the field while SLU finished 51.1 percent from the field, the highest percentage a Louisiana opponent has recorded this season. Louisiana scored 25 points off 26 Lady Lion turnovers, the second time this season the Cajuns have forced their opponent to 20-plus turnovers.

Louisiana begins a three-game homestand Saturday when the Cajuns tip-off against Sam Houston State at 2 p.m. at the Cajundome.

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