Jan 23, 2014 11:47 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns dropped their second straight game, falling to Georgia State in overtime, 72-65, at the Cajundome. The Cajuns fell to 10-7 on the season and 3-3 in Sun Belt conference action.
Brooklyn Arceneaux scored over 15 points for the third straight game, coming just one rebound from her second-straight double-double, scoring a team-high 16 points with nine rebounds before fouling out with 1:38 left in overtime.
"I thought that we played hard but we just couldn't finish the game," head coach Garry Brodhead said. "We were stretched a bit. I thought we would be able to handle it. We just didn't put them in a good position to finish it. They ended up with 27 turnovers, but we had some crucial turnovers at the end to put it away."
Silk Okde and Kia Wilridge chipped in, each scoring double-digit points with 14 and 13, respectively.
Georgia State scored 53 points off the bench, compared to 11 from the Cajuns. Of the Georgia State bench, three players went for double-figures, including Ashlee Cole and Brittany Logan, who each tied Arceneaux's mark of 16 points.
"I think that this game hurts because we had until the end," "Hopefully they will feel it enough to come to the gym and work hard tomorrow. They are learning, and I really feel that we are getting better. Now we just need to learn how to finish."
The Cajuns jumped ahead early in the game, grabbing a 17-11 lead with 11:07 left in the first half. Georgia State battled back before the Cajuns went on a 11-4 run, to own the biggest lead by either team in the game, 28-17, with 7:51 to go in the game.
The Panthers came back quick, closing the gap to one point in just 1:22 seconds, and eventually taking over the lead with 4:32 left in the half, before the teams traded baskets for the remainder of the half with Georgia State holding a one-point lead at halftime, 37-36.
Wilridge got the initial basket of the second half, giving the Cajuns a lead with 18:38 to go. They held that lead for the next a majority of regulation, until the 24 second mark left in the game when Haley Gerrin hit a pair of free throws to tie it up.
With the game tied and the shot clock off, Georgia State's Alisha Andrews stole the ball from the Cajuns, leading to a timeout with 14.8 seconds left and a tie game. Strong defense from the Cajuns forced a missed shot in the waning seconds, sending the game to overtime.
The Panthers opened overtime with four-straight free throws, to grab an early lead in the overtime period.
After Wilridge cut the Panthers' lead to two, Okde took a charge in the paint, giving the Cajuns the ball, and leading to a foul on Arceneaux.
"I thought we were prepared for the press at the end," Brodhead said. "We got the ball in the right hand but we didn't react well to it. Maybe we caught the ball in the wrong positions. It's just some things that happen, so now we want to get better from it."
Arceneaux would hit the back end of the two shots, cutting the lead to one, but Georgia State would take off from there, scoring five of the next seven points, and winning 72-67
The Cajuns continued to showcase a stingy defense, forcing 27 turnovers in the game, while only turning the ball over 17 times.
Okde went 3-for-11 from behind the 3-point line, marking the 20th straight game with a triple. She has hit at least one in every game dating back to ULM last season, on March. 2, 2013.
The Cajuns will have a quick turnaround before another conference bout. They will return to the Cajundome on Saturday, Jan. 25 to take on WKU in the second game of a Ragin' Cajuns Basketball doubleheader. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.