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Nov 20, 2013 11:42 PM by UL Sports Information

2nd Half Surge Leads Lamar Past Louisiana 68-60

LAFAYETTE, La. - The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball team dropped its first home game this season, falling to Lamar, 68-60, on Wednesday at the Cajundome

The loss sent Louisiana to 2-2 overall and 2-1 at home.

"I thought we played hard, we got some good looks at the goal but we didn't take the simple shots," head coach Garry Brodhead said. "We just need to get back into the gym and work on it. It was the same scenario as the last game (against Sam Houston State). We were down by six late, but we forced shots. It will come, we just have to continue to work."

Keke Veal led the Cajuns, scoring 14 points for her fourth double-digit game of the season, while adding four rebounds and four assists. Ashley Benjamin and Jaylyn Gordon each chipped in with 12 and 10 points, respectively, with Benjamin grabbing a team-high nine rebounds. Brooklyn Arceneaux also grabbed nine rebounds.

It was a back-and-forth first half, with five lead changes and six ties in the first 20 minutes, with neither team seeing a run or a lead bigger than six points.

Veal and Benjamin led the Cajuns with eight points going into the break, and Jasmin Mills grabbed five rebounds in the half. Lamar's Dominique Edwards led all scorers, shooting 5-for-11 with two triples for 12 points in the half, playing all 20 minutes.

Lamar (3-2) led at halftime, 35-30.

The Cajuns came out for the second half and quickly closed the gap, tying the score in the first 1:06 behind a 3-pointer from Sylvana Okde and a pair of free throws from Mills, leading to the first media timeout.

Lamar changed the back-and-forth pace coming out of the timeout, starting a 15-3 run, to take its biggest lead of the game, 50-38. The run was keyed off of eight points from Edwards. She finished the game leading all scorers with 23 points and 12 rebounds, playing all 40 minutes.

After falling behind 12 points, the Cajuns battled back, getting within seven points many times, but could not crack a stout defense by Lamar, ultimately falling 68-60.

The Cajuns won the turnover battle in the game, forcing 24 turnovers while turning the ball over 20 times, but Lamar would capitalize on it more, getting 20 points off of turnovers, compared to 13 for Louisiana.

"This was just as frustrating as [Sam Houston State]," Brodhead said. I thought we let that get away too. We quit playing at times. It's not fun to lose, especially when you're expectations are as high as ours are. We believe we can win and there is no reason we shouldn't have won last game or this game."

Lamar held the shooting advantage in the game, shooting 25-for-57 (43.9%) from the field and 9-for-27 (33.3%) from beyond the arc. The Cajuns shot 21-for-68 (30.9%) from the field, and hit 6-of-28 (21.4%) from the three-point line.

"I thought we were shooting better than previous games, but we didn't have enough movement," Brodhead added. "It seemed like we were always a step slow and when you're a step slow it gets too difficult to make those shots."

The Cajuns will travel to Jackson, Miss., to take on Jackson State on Monday, Nov. 25, before returning to the Cajundome to take on Xavier on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. That game is the final game at the Cajundome until Dec. 29, when the Cajuns take on Southeastern at 7 p.m. in their final non-conference game of the season.

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