NEW ORLEANS – Simone Fields made a floater in the lane with 0.9 seconds left and the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns women’s basketball team defeated Texas State 66-64 in the Sun Belt Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday at Lakefront Arena.
No. 5-seeded Louisiana (19-10) advances to face No. 1-seeded Little Rock in the semifinals on Saturday at 5 p.m.
No. 4-seeded Texas State (16-14) tied the game 64-64 on a 3-pointer from the corner by Kaitlin Walla with four seconds left in the game.
Fields then took an inbounds pass in the lane, dribbled and floated the ball off the backboard and in the basket with less than a second remaining to give the Cajuns the win.
The Bobcats opened the game on fire from the 3-point line. Texas State’s Toshua Leavitt shot 7-of-8 from behind the arc in the first half and made a 3-pointer at the buzzer before halftime to give the Bobcats a 38-29 lead at intermission.
The Cajuns outscored the Bobcats 21-10 in the third quarter. After trailing 44-29, Louisiana rattled off 13 straight points to cut the Texas State lead to 44-42 with 4:12 left in the third quarter.
Fields made two free throws to give the Cajuns a 48-46 lead with 1:13 left in the third period. Louisiana led 50-48 at the end of the third frame.
Jasmine Thomas connected on a 3-pointer to put the Cajuns in front 58-54 with 6:53 remaining in the contest.
Texas State regained the lead 61-60 after Erin Peoples made a layup with 4:32 to go in the game. That was the last time that the Bobcats would hold the lead.
Thomas made a layup with 2:54 left to give Louisiana a 62-61 lead. Defenses held for the next two minutes and Texas State was forced to foul. Gordon knocked down two free throws with 12 seconds remaining and the Cajuns led 64-61.
Gordon led Louisiana with 17 points while Thomas had 15 points for the Cajuns.
Leavitt led Texas State with 21 points while Amber Jones had 14 points for the Bobcats.
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.