Feb 12, 2013 3:27 PM by UL Sports Information
Game Night Story Lines
>>> The Cajuns are set for a rematch with South Alabama on Wednesday, Feb. 13 in Mobile at the Mitchell Center. USA claimed the season's first meeting 53-43 at Earl K. Long Gym back on Jan. 9.
>>> Louisiana's attempt at snapping a nine-game losing streak was foiled on Sunday at the Cajundome as ULM reeled off an 11-2 run at the end of regulation to force overtime and escape with a 68-63 win in overtime.
>>> The Ragin' Cajuns played an overtime contest for the fourth time in the inaugural Garry Brodhead season. The opposition came away victorious for the second straight OT game (FIU won 64-63 on Jan. 23).
>>> Three of the last four games have been close calls for Garry Brodhead's troops, experiencing 12 ties and 13 lead changes vs. FIU (Jan. 23) and 11 ties and 11 changes at Troy (Feb. 2), then holding the lead for all but 1:15 of the second half vs. ULM only to have the Warhawks rally to force overtime.
>>> Sylvana Okde finished as Louisiana's leading scorer for the eighth time (20 points) this season on Sunday vs. ULM. Jasmin Mills collected a double-double for the first time since a 14-point, 10-rebound effort against Southern-New Orleans on Nov. 28
>>> The freshman class of Keke Veal (11.4), Sylvana Okde (11.3), Kia Wilridge (8.0), Jasmin Mills (5.0) and Adrienne Prejean (1.6) - the foundation class on which Garry Brodhead plans to rebuild the program - averages 37.3 points per game (65 percent of the team's offensive production).
>>> Sylvana Okde is on pace for 78 three-point field goals made, which would land in the program's all-time, single-season Top 5 list. The last Cajuns player to convert 70-plus three-point field goals was Rhonda McCullough with 88 back in 1989-90.
>>> Keke Veal produced double figures in points for the seventh time in the past nine outings with 13 vs. ULM. Veal is averaging 12.5 points per game since Jan. 1.
>>> Louisiana has committed more turnovers than the opposition only six times in 23 contests (UL ranks fourth in the SBC in turnover margin at +2.6).
LAST TIME OUT: ULM 68, Louisiana 63 in OT at Cajundome
ULM closed out the second half with an 11-2 run to force overtime and fended off a Ragin' Cajuns rally in the extra session to escape with a 68-63 victory.
The second-half ending run by the Warhawks was triggered by scores on five straight possessions and erased a 57-48 Ragin' Cajuns lead from the 2:52 mark through 1:50 mark.
Hurt by giving up points off turnovers throughout the night, the Warhawks generated seven points off of three costly Cajuns turnovers in staging their comeback.
Louisiana had led since a Kia Wilridge basket with 18:24 remaining gave the hosts a 32-31 lead. The Cajuns had two chances at a winning basket in the final minute of regulation.
The Warhawks hot surge continued in the opening minutes of overtime as baskets from Jasmine Shaw and Ashleigh Simmons on the first two touches opened a 63-59 lead.
A steal by Robbie Brown at 2:29 led to a layup that drew the Cajuns even at 63-all. UL would close out the remainder of overtime scoreless and the Warhawks broke the tie with a Christina Gray free throw at 1:49.
The loss was a tough one for a Cajuns squad still in search of their first win in the "New Year". The Cajuns 10th straight loss came despite leading the Warhawks for all but 1:15 of the second stanza.
Sylvana Okde registered her sixth 20-point performance with exactly that amount to pace the Cajuns' efforts. Jasmin Mills added her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
A slow start from the field (2-of-11) by the Cajuns and a fast start by the Warhawks (6-of-7) resulted in a 15-7 ULM lead after eight minutes. UL made four of its next six shots and chipped away at the Warhawks' lead, closing the deficit to 19-17 at 8:30 following a triple by Keke Veal. Okde provided UL with its first lead of the contest on the next possession with a triple.