Cajuns reach To Sun Belt Tournament Quarterfinals with win over ULM, 79-72

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Below are links to various items from the women’s championship.

Updated Women’s Championship Bracket
Women’s Basketball Championship Central

Please see the recap, press conferences, all-tournament team and quotes at the link below.

For Box Scores, Game Files, Videos, Photos, Quotes and More:
https://file.ac/YH4USLqmEaY/

Highlights:
Women’s Game 1 – Coastal Carolina vs. Appalachian State
Women’s Game 2 – Louisiana vs. ULM

Press Conferences:
Women’s Game 1 – Coastal Carolina vs. Appalachian State
Women’s Game 2 – Louisiana vs. ULM

Results:
Women’s Game 1 – Appalachian State 79, Coastal Carolina 58
Women’s Game 2 – Louisiana 79, ULM 72

Cajuns Advance To Sun Belt Tournament Quarterfinals With Win Over ULM, 79-72

New Orleans – Simone Fields had a double-double with 19 points and 16 rebounds while Nekia Jones had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns women’s basketball team to a 79-72 win over ULM on Tuesday in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament at Lakefront Arena.

No. 5 seed Louisiana (18-10, 11-7 SBC) will face No. 4 seed Texas State (16-13, 11-7 SBC) on Thursday at 2 p.m. in the quarterfinals at Lakefront Arena.

ULM (6-24, 3-16 SBC) jumped out to an early 12-2 lead with 4:02 left in the first quarter.

The Cajuns responded with an 11-0 run to take a 13-12 lead when Simone Fields made a layup with 2:18 to go in the first period. The teams were tied 18-18 at the end of the first frame.

The Warhawks opened the second quarter on a 12-2 run to go in front 30-20 after Gabriella Cortez connected on a 3-pointer with 7:36 left in the second period.

Jaylyn Gordon knocked down a jumper with 38 seconds to go in the second quarter to cut the ULM lead to 38-36 at halftime.

Cortez made another 3-pointer to increase the Warhawks’ lead to 47-40 with 5:25 left in the third quarter. ULM led 57-52 at the end of the third frame.

Louisiana opened the fourth quarter on a 14-2 run to take a 66-59 lead on a jumper by Jones with 6:06 left in game.

Gordon knocked down two free throws to put the Cajuns in front 72-62 with 4:55 remaining in the contest. Solid free throw shooting in the final minutes helped Louisiana secure the win.

Alexis Collins led ULM with 24 points while Cortez had 17 points for the Warhawks.

The Cajuns now move on to face a Texas State team they went 1-1 with during the regular season. In the most recent meeting, Louisiana defeated Texas State 62-43 on March 2 in Lafayette.

Semifinals are held on Saturday, March 11 with the championship game being played on Sunday, March 12. All games of the 2017 Sun Belt Conference Women’s Basketball Championship will be played at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans and broadcast live on ESPN3.

Appalachian State Avenges Regular Season Finale Loss with 79-58 Win over Coastal Carolina

NEW ORLEANS – Appalachian State University women’s basketball ousted No. 8 Coastal Carolina with a convincing 79-58 victory in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans on Tuesday.

With the win, Appalachian will move onto the quarterfinals to face top-seed Little Rock on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. (ET). The winner of that game will advance to the semifinals on Saturday at 6 p.m. (ET).

The Apps led from start-to-finish en route to their first-ever Sun Belt Tournament victory.

Five student-athletes scored in double-figures with Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) firing in an efficient performance scoring a team-high 24 points on 7-for-16 shooting from the floor. Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) played well on both ends of the floor with 13 points and 12 off the glass for her first double-double of the season.

Q. Murray (Baltimore, Md./George Mason) scored 13 points and dished out a game-high six assists. The redshirt-sophomore played a pivotal role in shutting down Coastal’s leading scorer, Ced Gibson. Coming into the game, Gibson was averaging 14.9 points per game coming into the contest but was held to 1-for-12 shooting and just five points.

Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) ran the offense to a “T” with 11 points, five assists and just one turnover, while Bayley Plummer (East Davidson/Thomasville, N.C.) tied a career-high with 10 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting with five boards.

The backcourt of Jones and Murray played exceptionally well as the tandem combined for 24 points, 11 assists and just two turnovers.

Appalachian sprung out to a 24-15 lead in the opening quarter thanks to 66.7 percent shooting from the field and tenacious defense limiting Coastal to 6-for-19 from the floor. Leading 13-10 with 4:56 left in the game, App outscored Coastal, 11-5, to end the quarter for the nine-point lead.

The Mountaineers kept the intensity and energy up doubling up on Coastal, 34-17, thanks to the play of Bassett-Smith and Murray. Murray had a hand in all six points in a 6-0 spurt with a field goal and two assists, both of which went to Bassett-Smith.

Coastal would comeback to cut the deficit to eight, 38-30, with two minutes left in the opening half, but Jones sparked a 9-2 surge that pushed the lead back to 15 as App scored a season-high 47 points in the first half.

App shot an impressive 53.1 percent in the first half while committing just five miscues.

Coming out in the second half, the Apps didn’t let up jumping out to a 20-point lead in the early minutes of the third period following a free throw from Story.

Coastal would slice the gap to 13, but never threatened the Apps the rest of the way as App kept the lead in double digits. App had leads by more than 10 points in the two setbacks against Coastal, but the third time was a charm as it coasted to the 21-point win.

App significantly improved in the turnover column, committing 12 turnovers. Appalachian averaged 22.5 turnovers against the Chanticleers in the two matchups during the regular season.

The Mountaineers’ defense forced Coastal into 20 turnovers for 25 points.

 

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