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Dillard rallies in 4th to beat UL Wednesday

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LAFAYETTE – A double-double from sophomore Kimberly Burton and 14 points from sophomore Malachi Seraphin-Williams wasn't enough for the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball team as they fell to the Dillard Bleu Devils 60-53 here at the Cajundome.
           
Burton finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds while Seraphin-Williams added three rebounds on 6-14 shooting but the Cajuns suffered from not having guards, senior Troi Swain or freshman Skyler Goodwin, as Dillard shot 44 percent from three-point range (8-18) to help the Bleu Devils take the game.

The loss, Louisiana's third straight, drops their record during the first month of the season to 1-3.

HOW IT HAPPENED (First Quarter): Right off the bat the Bleu Devils came out and got off to a hot start, nailing back-to-back three pointers before the Cajuns could even get on the board and they took an early 6-0 lead.  Louisiana finally got on the board with a basket from sophomore Brittney Myles, to spark a 5-0 run to get the Cajuns into the game. 
           
Dillard's 50 percent shooting from three-point range, in the quarter, helped them jump out to their early lead but Louisiana crashed the boards hard, out rebounding the Bleu Devils 12-10 in the quarter, and Louisiana finished with six points in the paint while Dillard got none.
           
At the end of the quarter the Cajuns had tied the score on a three-pointer from senior Kendra Howard and a layup from Burton to put the score at 12-12.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Second Quarter): Louisiana came out and took a three-point lead to start the quarter, but Dillard answered with a 12-0 run that was ended by a Seraphin-Williams three point shot at 3:50 left in the half.
           
Louisiana did end the half on a 7-0 run to bring the Cajuns within two at the break, but again Dillard's hot shooting from beyond the arc, 2-3 in the quarter, meant that the Bleu Devils had the lead with the score sitting at 28-26 at the half.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Third Quarter): Louisiana came out determined defensively in the third quarter holding Dillard to only two points in the first seven minutes of the quarter.
             
During that stretch the Cajuns dominated the paint scoring 10 points in the paint, and along with one free throw from redshirt freshman Danyale Bayonne, took their biggest lead of the game, with the score sitting at 37-30.  Dillard attempted to get going as the half came to an end, but with the clock under 30 seconds senior Nekia Jones nailed a three-pointer to put the score at 42-37 as the quarter came to an end. 

HOW IT HAPPENED (Fourth Quarter): Although Louisiana had the lead in the game entering the fourth quarter, they struggled through the final period of the game.  And Dillard came back with the Cajuns shooting 0-9 from beyond the arc and only 25 percent from the field overall in the quarter.
           
The Cajuns didn't go away without a fight as they attempted a comeback late in the game, and with the clock sitting at 46 seconds a layup from sophomore Brittney Myles, put the score at 56-51.  Seraphin-Williams drove the basket for a layup, and that was followed up by a turnover forced by Howard to give the Cajuns the ball with 35 second left in the game and the score at 57-53.
           
But a missed three-point shot from Bayonne lead to a fast break layup for the Bleu Devils and that was enough to halt the Cajuns comeback and when the game finished the score sat at 60-53 in favor of Dillard.

NOTEWORTHY: Burton's double-double was the first of her career; The Cajuns outrebounded Dillard 44-32 in the game; Louisiana outscored Dillard in the paint 34-28 and they had 12 second chance points to Dillard's five.

NEXT UP FOR THE CAJUNS: The Cajuns will now turn around and head west, as they'll spend the weekend in Las Vegas, Nev., taking part in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.  On Saturday Nov. 25, they'll take on Niagara with a 1 p.m. CST tip.  And on Sunday Nov. 26 they'll face off against Cleveland State with a 3:15 CST tip.
           
Louisiana then hits the road again, when they head up to Jackson, Miss. to face the national runners-up Mississippi State Bulldogs on Nov. 29, before finally returning to the Cajundome to face off with McNeese on Dec. 3.

FOLLOWING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS: Follow the Cajuns on twitter @RaginCajunsWBB for updates during the Cajuns trip to Las Vegas, with links to recaps and live stats during the weekend.

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