Women's Basketball Coasts to 84-36 Win

LAFAYETTE -- A 24-3 first quarter scoring surge propelled the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball team to an 84-36 victory against Dillard on Saturday afternoon for their fourth straight win.

All 12 players that entered the game for the Cajuns (6-1) scored, and four reached double-figure points, led by senior Kia Wilridge, who poured in 18. Junior Gabby Alexander added a season-high 11 points off the bench. The non-conference win was the seventh in the past eight contests for the program overall.

Louisiana shot a sizzling 58.6% (34-of-58) from the floor in the game. The first quarter shooting provided a 21-point lead as the Cajuns made 10 of their first 13 shot attempts (76.9%). The first 17 points of the game belonged to Louisiana in the first 6:23. Junior guard Jaylyn Gordon capped off the first quarter scoring with a three-pointer with five seconds remaining on the clock. The Cajuns received eight bench points in the opening stanza and collected 14 points in the paint and 10 more off Dillard turnovers. Nine of Wilridge's 18 points came in the first quarter.

The Cajuns maintained their hot shooting in the second quarter, scoring six quick points to move ahead, 30-3 with 8:10 on the clock. Lousiana's lead reached 30 points at the 5:14 mark after sophomore Simone Fields hit the second of her back-to-back shot attempts.

A 9-4 run by Dillard cut the lead to 41-16, but the last five buckets of the half belonged to the Cajuns, who took a 50-16 lead into halftime. The Cajuns outscored Dillard, 20-6 in the paint and tallied eight points on fast break opportunities. The team's shooting stroke remained strong in the second quarter, finishing the half at 75% (21-of-28).

The third quarter lead reached as many as 45 points at the 1:59 mark. Gordon scored seven points in the quarter, while Keke Veal, Jodi Quinn, Taylor Washington and Alexander all made buckets.

Louisiana's second unit dominated the fourth quarter, scoring 14 of the team's 16 points, headlined by Alexander's seven.

Dillard was held to single-digit points in the first (3) and third (7) quarters. The Cajuns defense stymied the Bleu Devils to 7.7% shooting (1-of-13) in the opening quarter.

The 48-point win tied the program's largest margin of victory at the Cajundome (95-47 win over Savannah State on Dec. 4, 2004).

"I thought we executed on the offensive side today," Ragin' Cajuns head coach Garry Brodhead said. "We moved the ball and played well as a team. We pressured the ball and when we play our game we are a pretty good team.

"It was a complete team effort," he added. "A lot of players got playing time today and I think we are building a team and that's important for our program going forward."

The Cajuns will prepare for UC Santa Barbara who comes to town Tuesday, Dec. 15 for an 11 a.m. tip-off at the Cajundome.

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