Feb 12, 2014 11:03 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - Sylvana Okde led all scorers with 17 points, but it wasn't enough as the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball team fell to the UALR Trojans, 63-57 on Wednesday at the Cajundome.
Freshman guard Jaylyn Gordon notched her third-straight double-digit game for the Cajuns (10-13, 3-9 Sun Belt), scoring 13 points and adding two assists. Okde scored 14 of her 17 points in the second half, going 4-for-8 from behind the 3-point arc.
"It wasn't a very pretty game and was tough to get started offensively," head coach Garry Brodhead said. "I thought we started well and got good looks throughout the game, we just couldn't knock them down. We tried a different and younger lineup today, trying to get some more offense and that hurt us defensively."
UALR (12-10, 7-5 Sun Belt) saw four different players reach double figures, including Kiera Clark, who finished the game with a team-high 14 points. Keanna Keys, Sharde' Collins and Shanity James each scored 10 points for the Trojans with Hannah Fohne grabbing a game-high nine rebounds.
After essentially trading baskets for the first 10 minutes of the game, the Trojans took pulled ahead in the first half, using a 14-2 run over a six-minute span to take a 26-15 lead with 3:44 remaining
The Cajuns, behind seven points from Brooklyn Arceneaux, battled back towards the end of the half, trailing 29-23.
Despite the Cajuns getting the game within five on multiple occasions, the Trojans held the lead for the remainder of the game, stretching the gap to 12 points in the final minutes.
The Cajuns went without a 3-pointer in the first half, before shooting 6-for-12 from long range in the final 20 minutes with Okde connecting on four with Gordon adding a pair.
The Trojans, who did not attempt a 3-pointer in the game, shot 26-for-50 (52 percent) from the field and 11-for-24 (45.8 percent) from the line.
The Cajuns will return to the Cajundome on Saturday, when they host Arkansas State in a doubleheader with the men's team. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m., and is the Cajuns' annual "Think Pink" game, helping raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.