Nov 4, 2013 11:20 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball team controlled the ball from start-to-finish in their final exhibition game against Centenary College posting a 103-27 victory on Monday at the Cajundome.
"It's that time of the year where we are still trying to learn ourselves," head coach Garry Brodhead said after the game. "We played a few different lineups to see who could guard and we made some adjustments to what the referees are calling.
"I thought we played hard and with some effort," Brodhead continued. "I was very pleased with how we pushed the ball down the court and got more of a running team. We talk about how we can be a running team, and that's what we did tonight."
Sophomore forward Jasmin Mills picked up a double-double, scoring 21 points and picking up 15 rebounds, to lead the Cajuns.
"She's always been a shooter," Brodhead said of Mills. "She played guard in high school a bit so she has a handle. Right now she is getting used to playing inside. Tonight she played a lot more aggressive, which is something we want her to keep improving on."
The Cajuns rifled off the games first 18 points five minutes into the game with eight apiece coming from both Mills and Ashley Benjamin.
They kept the pressure on, adding 22 more points before the Ladies would get their next points, for a 40-4 lead with 8:41 remaining in the first half.
Louisiana continued to control the game on both sides of the ball, going into the halftime break with a 61-15 lead. Mills continued to lead Louisiana, scoring 12 points and adding eight rebounds in just 10 minutes on the floor. Adrienne Prejean and Ashley Benjamin were second on the team with eight each in the first 20 minutes of basketball.
It was more of the same story for Louisiana in the second half, outscoring Centenary, 42-12.
"I always believe that a game like this is to work on your weaknesses," Brodhead added. "We feel we are weak at running a half-court set, which is something we worked on tonight. When we took the lead we decided to work on that more and hang back working a half court defense."
Mills didn't slow down in the second half, registering a double-double before the first media timeout of the half. She finished the game shooting 8-for-9 (.889) from the field and 5-for-5 from the charity stripe.
"We are working on finishing," Mills said after the game. "Finishing at the rim and rebounding. Rebounding is the most important thing. Once you get that rebound, you kick it out and you've done your job."
Benjamin also continued to add to her good first half, picking up 10 more points in the second half to finish the game with 18 points and eight rebounds.
As a team, the Cajuns shot 62.8 percent from the field, shooting just 1-for-9 from behind the arc. They dominated the boards, picking up 68 team rebounds (28 offensive, 40 defensive) compared to 27 (11 offensive, 16 defensive) for Centenary.
Gabby Alexander (11 points) and Brooklyn Arceneaux (10 points) also reached double digits for Louisiana.
Every member of the Ragin' Cajuns registered at least two points and two rebounds.
The Ragin' Cajuns will open the regular season on Friday, November 8 at 7 p.m. when they take on Nebraska-Omaha at the Cajundome. Season tickets are still on sale, for $86, and can be purchased on ragincajuns.com or by calling the Cajundome Ticket Office at (337) 265-2100, or by emailing Matt Casbon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ticket prices and information can be found here.
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