Score: Ragin’ Cajuns 79, ULM 72
Teams: ULM (6-24), Ragin Cajuns (18-10)
Location: New Orleans, La.
NEW ORLEANS – The ULM women’s basketball team closed out the season with a 79-72 loss to the Ragin’ Cajuns in the opening round of the Sun Belt Conference Championship on Tuesday afternoon in New Orleans after the Ragin’ Cajuns came from behind in the fourth quarter.
The Warhawks led by five going into the fourth quarter, but after a trip to the free throw line and a turnover turned into a layup, the Ragin’ Cajuns tied the score seconds into the final period. The Ragin’ Cajuns went on a 9-3 run over the next 3:23 minutes to capture a lead that they would see through to the finish.
-The Warhawks closed the game with three players in double digit points. Freshman Alexis Collins recorded the game-high 24 points and filled out her stat line with eight defensive rebounds, six assists and one block.
-Gabriella Cortez recorded 17 total points in the contest and also posted five total rebounds (four defensive), two assists, one block and one steal, while Andreanna Jackson notched 15 points in the game and also recorded one defensive rebound, one assist and two steals.
-The Ragin’ Cajuns finished the game with five players in double digits as Nekia Jones and Simone Fields each finished with 19 points to lead their team. Fields recorded a double-double with 16 rebounds (10 offensive).
-Two stats stuck out in the game that were swung in the Ragin’ Cajuns favor – second chance points (25-9 advantage) and bench scoring (32-8 advantage) – as the Cajuns finished with 51 rebounds compared to ULM’s 38 rebounds.
FROM COACH DOW
“I thought we had a great effort by our team today and we did not play like a 12 seed by any means. Effort alone and the energy we played with was great. We got a little tired late maybe, but we couldn’t be more proud of our kids with how tough they played. It’s been a tough season and not what we wanted, but we had a great win against Texas State on Saturday and there was great effort in that game and again in today’s game. We gave ourselves a chance. A lot of times as a coach that’s as much as what you’re looking for, going into the fourth quarter with a five-point lead and it certainly speaks volumes.”