South Alabama unable to contain Gordon, Cajuns
With the season drawing to a close, every game is crucial for the women’s basketball team in their tie for fourth place with Texas State in the Sun Belt Conference.
The top four seeds in the conference tournament receive a bye in the opening round. With seven games left on the schedule, the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns extended their record to 13-8 after a 62-38 victory over the South Alabama Jaguars on Thursday night.
Louisiana senior guard Jaylyn Gordon shined once again as she racked up 29 points on 12-18 shooting from the field. Gordon put on a show for the home crowd from the start. She scored ten points in the opening quarter, including 2-2 from the three-point line.
“I’m starting to feel more comfortable shooting at home,” Gordon said. “I don’t even think about it. I just shoot. I get into a rhythm. I’m ready.”
Louisiana junior forward, Simone Fields, scored six points in the first quarter and totaled 14 for the game.
The Cajuns ended the first half with a 38-22 advantage over the Jaguars, but both offenses stalled for the remainder of the game. The Jaguars scored 16 second-half points, while the Cajuns scored 24.
Louisiana held South Alabama to 34 percent shooting for the game and forced 21 turnovers.
“The game was to try to speed them up. I thought our defense, especially in the first half, was really good,” said Louisiana head coach Garry Brodhead. “It was all about trying to stop Ellis.”
Chyna Ellis, the Jaguars’ leading scorer at 11.5 points per game, only scored eight points in 25 minutes of action. Guard Candice Williams also scored eight points on 4-10 from the field.
South Alabama prides themselves on their defense, but the Cajuns were able to find success on the offensive end against the Jaguars.
“Jaylyn shot the ball really well,” said Brodhead. “I’m pleased with that. South Al can guard. We came out and scored. If we play some team basketball, we can continue to get better.”
The Cajuns’ offense were powered by Gordon and Fields, but will seek more production from others, offensively and defensively, on Saturday against the 16-6 Trojans.
“We need to be able to make stops,” Broadhead said. “It’s going to be a tough challenge. We’re going to have to keep them in the 60s. Our statement right now is ‘one more for March.’ Everybody needs to do one more thing.”