LAFAYETTE – After splitting two games over the weekend in Las Vegas, Nev. the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball team heads to the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Miss. to take on the 2017 national runners-up No. 6 Mississippi State Bulldogs on Wednesday, Nov. 29 with tip scheduled for 7 p.m.
There won't be any television or streaming of the game, but ESPN 1420 will be there to call the game and Steve Peloquin will be on the call for the game.
CAJUNS PLAY IN SOUTH POINT THANKSGIVING SHOOTOUT: Louisiana brings a 2-4 record into the game after taking part in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas, Nev., over the weekend of Nov. 25-26. Louisiana beat Niagara, 68-52, on Saturday, Nov. 25 before losing to Cleveland State on Sunday, Nov. 26, 54-45 to give the Cajuns a 1-1 record over their weekend in Las Vegas.
NIARAGA FALLS: Louisiana's 68-52 victory over the Purple Eagles was fueled by a great finish to the game where they shot 11 for 12 at the free throw line down the stretch, and in that final three minutes they kept Niagara from scoring and they out rebounded the Purple Eagles 6-1 to help get to the line and finish off the Purple Eagles.
The Cajuns bench played a huge part in the game as well, with 42 points coming from their bench led by senior Nekia Jones' 13 points all off the bench and she was clutch from the line going 7 for 8 in games final three minutes.
Senior Kendra Howard (12 points) and freshman Skyler Goodwin (11 points) added to the Cajuns bench scoring with their points along with Jones' points all coming from off the bench.
Louisiana also held Niagara to 32 percent shooting from the field and they kept Niagara to under 10 percent shooting (nine percent, 1 for 11) from three-point range to snap their three-game losing streak as they started the weekend off with a win.
CAJUNS LOSE TO CLEVELAND STATE: The Cajuns then lost to Cleveland State on Nov. 26, 54-45, to wrap up their weekend. Louisiana struggled from the field shooting 31 percent as they struggled to score. But they remained strong defensively, holding Cleveland State to 37 percent shooting, unfortunately they couldn't take advantage as they ended the weekend with the loss.
Sophomore Malachi-Seraphin Williams tied a career high with 15 points to lead the Cajuns in scoring while sophomore Kimberly Burton added 10 points and eight rebounds of her own to give the Cajuns their only two scorers in double digits.
GOODWIN IS BACK: After missing two games, Goodwin made her return to the court coming off the bench in both games. She scored 20 points, going 6 for 18, while snagging nine rebounds as she started to get back into the swing of things.
CAJUNS CRASH THE DEFENSIVE BOARDS: With six games under their belts, the Cajuns have been strong rebounding on the defensive side of the court. They lead the Sun Belt Conference in that category rebounding defensively at 73 percent having grabbed 144 defensive rebounds so far through the first month of the season.
FACING THE 2017 NATIONAL RUNNERS-UP: Mississippi State brings a 6-0 record into the game having just taken part in the 2017 Cancun Challenge and they beat Green Bay, on Nov. 25, 67-46 to finish off their time in Cancun, Mexico.
Mississippi State brings three players that are scoring in double digits, Victoria Vivians leads the Bulldogs with 18.8 points per game and she is shooting 53 percent through their first six games. Averaging 15.5 points per game is Roshunda Johnson and she's shooting 50 percent from three-point range.
Teaira McCowan is averaging a double-double through the first month of the season with 14.7 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per game. Morgan William has been running the point and she's been moving the ball well for the Bulldogs. So far this season she's recorded 37 assists averaging 6.2 per game which puts her top 30 in the country.
As a team the Bulldogs are averaging 81.2 points per game and their shooing 46 percent as a team. Mississippi State is holding their opponents to 52.7 points per game and their opponents are shooting 37 percent from the field.
RAGIN' CAJUNS TRAVEL THE COUNTRY: So far in the first month of the season the Cajuns have been a well-traveled bunch. When they return from Jackson, they'll have traveled roughly 6,734 miles playing in two different time zones. For the most part they've stayed in the central time zone, but their trip to Las Vegas put them in the pacific time zone.
They'll have played in five games away from the Cajundome when the month of November comes to an end and that's the most games the Cajuns have played away from Lafayette since playing the entire month of November away from home to start the 2006-07 season.
HOW TO LISTEN/FOLLOW THE GAME: ESPN 1420 will be there with Peloquin taking care of the play by play duties. Their pre-game will start at 6:45 p.m., since there's no television or streaming for the game this is the only way to listen in to how the Cajuns do.
There will be live stats provided via the Mississippi State athletic department as the game goes along as well.
FOLLOWING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS: Follow the Cajuns on twitter @RaginCajunsWBB for links to the game recap and updates as the game goes along.