Dec 13, 2012 11:50 PM by UL Sports Information

Quick Start Over UNO Puts Cajuns Above .500

Eight of nine Louisiana players landed in the scoring column as the Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball team rolled to a 68-41 victory over New Orleans Thursday night at Earl K. Long Gym.

Junior Ashley Benjamin highlighted the victory leading all scorers with 15 points as the Cajuns improved to 5-4, overall, on the season and 4-1 at home.

Louisiana moved to 2-0 on the current three-game homestand which wraps up Monday, Dec. 17 vs. UC Riverside and collected its fourthth straight win over their former American South and Sun Belt Conference rival.

"I thought we played really well and came out strong on the defensive end," said head coach Gary Brodhead. "We turned the ball over a little too much in the second half, but overall I was very pleased with our effort.

"We were happy with our offense tonight, I thought we took better shots and the transition offense is going to keep getting better and better. We're starting to get a little more comfortable and that's an important step in order to keep moving forward."

Keke Veal also registered double figures for the second-straight game with 12 points to go along with six rebounds. The freshman guard was 5-of-10 from the floor. Robbie Brown just missed a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds. Senior guard Brandi Schambough came off the bench to contribute nine points off three triples.

As a team, Louisiana pulled down 37 rebounds and forced 29 Privateer turnovers.

Both teams traded baskets to begin the opening half, but a layup by Benjamin sparked a 13-0 run to give Louisiana an early 17-2 advantage. The Cajuns were strong on the defensive end, holding the Privateers scoreless for a stretch of nearly seven minutes in the first 20 minutes.

The Ragin' Cajuns shot 45.7% in the first half and forced 18 UNO turnovers to claim a demanding 41-12 halftime lead.

Eight of nine Louisiana players got into the scoring column in the first half with Benjamin's nine points leading the way. The Cajuns used a balanced attack as the starting lineup accounted for 23 first half points while the bench contributed 18.

New Orleans was held to just 5-19 (26.3 percent) from the floor and was outrebounded by the Cajuns 23-14 through the first half of the game.

The second half began exactly as Louisiana ended the first half. The Cajuns scored six early points off turnovers leading to a fast break layup and three-pointer by Sylvana Okde.

However that wasn't the case for long as the Privateers made a run of their own and outscored the Cajuns 22-12 over a span of 10 minutes.

Back-to-back layups by Kia Wilridge and Benjamin ended a five-minute scoreless drought at the 5:36 mark. New Orleans outscored the Cajuns 29-27 in the second half.

Louisiana's swarming defense limited UNO to just 35.7 percent shooting in the game. The Ragin' Cajuns also held a 37-28 rebounding advantage.

Louisiana shot 46.6 percent from the field and surrendered the ball 19 times.

The Ragin' Cajuns return to action at 7 p.m. Monday welcoming UC Riverside to Earl K. Long Gym to wrap up the three-game homestand. The contest with UCR marks the final home non-conference outing of 2012-13.



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