LAFAYETTE – On Sunday, Dec. 3, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball team welcomes their I-10 rivals, the McNeese Cowgirls, to the Cajundome for the 44th meeting in this good old fashioned rivalry game with tip scheduled for 5 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on Cox Sports TV with Tim Grubbs (PxP), John Brady (color) and Tatum Everett (sideline) working the game for Cox Sports. ESPN 1420 will carry the game with Steve Peloquin handling the play by play duties.
Louisiana enters the game on a two-game losing streak, having dropped their previous game on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 94-37 to No. 6 Mississippi State in Jackson, Miss. and they bring a 2-5 record into their match up at the Cajundome.
CAJUNS IN JACKSON: Louisiana made the four-hour drive northeast to Jackson, to face off against the Bulldogs at the Mississippi Coliseum on Wednesday. The Cajuns, still shorthanded in the backcourt due to injury, struggled through the game losing by 57 points to one of the better teams in the country. Freshman Skyler Goodwin led the Cajuns in scoring with a career high 14 points while sophomore Kimberly Burton snagged herself seven rebounds to lead the Cajuns on the boards.
CRASH BURTON: Burton has been a force on the boards for the Cajuns over the past several weeks leading the team in rebounds four out of the last five games. At Toledo (Nov. 18) she had seven rebounds; vs. Dillard (Nov. 22) Burton grabbed eight; vs. Cleveland State (Nov. 26) it was another eight for the sophomore and then against the Bulldogs she had her seven. Burton leads the Cajuns overall this season with 39 rebounds and she's averaging 5.6 per game after playing in all seven games for the Cajuns through the month of November.
SKY HIGH: Goodwin has put together a solid first month of her freshman and she's leading the Cajuns in scoring averaging 12 points per game, while shooting 40 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range. Goodwin has shown no fear crashing the boards as well as she's fourth on the team in rebounding, averaging 3.4 boards per game.
HELLO OLD FRIEND: Cajuns head coach Garry Brodhead's counterpart in the coaching box for Sunday's match up is a familiar face. McNeese head coach Kacie Cryer played under Brodhead in high school when he was at the helm of Tuerlings Catholic High School and in 2002 Brodhead coached Cryer and her teammates to a Louisiana state championship.
The connections continue for both Brodhead and Cryer as Cryer was a graduate assistant and a part of the Cowgirls staff when Brodhead, who spent five years (2007-12) was an assistant coach, and eventually associate head coach, at McNeese.
THE I-10 RIVALRY: The I-10 rivalry goes back 45 years with the first game being played between the two schools on Feb. 2, 1972, a 53-44 win for the Cajuns. Overall McNeese owns a 15-28 record in the series, but the Cajuns did win the last match up between the two schools.
On Nov. 12, 2016, Louisiana went into Lake Charles and outlasted the Cowgirls to open their 2016-17 season with a 77-70 win. Senior Simone Fields, lead the Cajuns with a double-double scoring 28 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. While Jaylyn Gordon scored 26 points to finish right behind Fields while the Cajuns shot 40 percent from the field.
WHAT THE COWGIRLS BRING: McNeese brings a 3-3 record into the game and they lost their previous game against Tulane on Nov. 29, 70-66. The Cowgirls are scoring 62.3 points per game while letting their opponents score 70 points per game.
McNeese is shooting 34 percent from the field as a team with opponents shooting 41 percent from the field, but McNeese has been careful with the ball while causing their opponents to turn the ball over with their turnover margin sitting at +3.2 through the first six games of the season.
Leading the Cowgirls in scoring is Keara Hudnall who's averaging 12.5 points per game while shooting 37 percent. Right behind her is Caitlin Davis, who's averaging 11.3 points per game and she's moved the ball well recording 47 assists, averaging 7.8 assists per game.
COX SPORTS ON THE CALL: Cox Sports will be at the Cajundome to broadcast the game on Cox Sports TV. The game, which will be nationally broadcasted, will be called by Tim Grubbs with John Brady joining Grubbs with color commentary.
STEVIE P IN THE HOUSE: Steve Peloquin will be on the radio call for ESPN 1420, with their pregame starting at 4:45 p.m.
FOLLOWING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS: Follow the Cajuns on twitter @RaginCajunsWBB for updates during the game and links to the broadcasts of the game along with a link to the game recap once the game is over.