Women’s basketball looks to bounce back after Texas bouts
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns’ women’s basketball team arrived to Texas on a four-game winning streak. The Cajuns looked to extend their hot streak against the UT Arlington Mavericks (13-4) and the Texas State Bobcats (9-9).
The first game of the road trip against the Mavericks resulted in a 79-66 loss. The Cajuns started strong and led by 14 at the halftime break, but UTA completed the comeback behind a 33-point fourth quarter. The Cajuns’ game-high 15 point lead quickly evaporated due to their 21 total team turnovers. The Mavericks’ Cierra Johnson stood out with a near triple-double. Johnson finished with a stat line of 24 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds. The Cajuns’ best performances came from senior point guard Jaylyn Gordon (23 points) and freshman guard Jasmine Thomas (20 points).
The UT Arlington Mavericks moved to 12-4 with their Thursday win over the Cajuns, while the Cajuns quickly had to rebound for Saturday’s game versus Texas State.
The Ragin’ Cajuns won their previous two games against Texas State, but failed to expand on their success against the Bobcats. The Cajuns fell to a 10-6 record with a 62-40 defeat. The Cajuns shot only 26 percent from the field, but not all was bad for them. Simone Fields, junior forward, steered the team with 13 points on 6-12 from the field and helped the Cajuns jump out to a 15-5 lead.
However, Texas State began a 14-0 run and never looked back en route to a 9-9 record.
Now, the women’s basketball team will rely on home-court advantage to rebound from their two losses. The Cajuns will return to the Cajundome on Jan. 26 to play Arkansas State and the Little Rock Trojans on January 28.
The Cajuns won their first matchup against Arkansas State Red Wolves by a score of 80-72. The Cajuns rallied down from nine points with a little under seven minutes to play to wrap up a 35 point fourth quarter and a win. The Red Wolves are 0-9 on the road and have a 4-15 overall record.
Little Rock, on the other hand, appear to be the tougher of the Cajuns’ opponents. The Trojans are 7-0 in Sun Belt Conference play and pose a 13-6 record. The Cajuns lost the first game between these two 64-60, but there is some optimism for the Cajuns. They began the first meeting with Little Rock with a 22-7 lead on the road before going cold from the field the rest of the game.
Despite the rough Texas road trip, the Cajuns still have the Sun Belt’s leading scorer in Jaylyn Gordon (18.6 ppg) and the league’s fourth leading scorer in Simone Fields (15.1). With a 7-1 record at the Cajundome, a little home-cooking will help the Ragin Cajuns’ women’s basketball team recuperate.