HAMMOND, La. – Senior Simone Fields poured in 19 points and six rebounds, while freshman Ty'Reonne Doucet grabbed a career high 10 rebounds to lead the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball team in scoring as the Cajuns beat the Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions, 68-56, here at the University Center.
The win improves the Cajuns record to 4-6 and it extends their winning streak against SLU to six games going back to 2011, while SLU's record falls to 1-8 on the season.
Sophomore Jasmine Thomas saw her first minutes of the seasons, playing 13 minutes, making an immediate impact scoring nine points (2-5) and she got to the free throw line six times finishing 4 for 6 from the line.
Doucet's 10 rebounds (four points) helped the Cajuns dominate on the boards as they outrebounded the Lady Lions 43-31 while holding SLU to 33 percent shooting from the field.
HOW IT HAPPENED (First Quarter): Louisiana came out shooting the ball well and they started the game with a 4-0 run. Sophomore Brittney Myles was strong on the boards during the first three minutes as she had two rebounds in those first several minutes.
Louisiana stayed strong from beyond the arc, and back-to-back three-pointers from sophomore Malachi-Seraphin Williams and senior Nekia Jones put the Cajuns up six past the halfway mark of the quarter with the score sitting at 10-4.
The Cajuns' strong defense was on display throughout the quarter and they kept SLU scoreless through the final three minutes of the quarter, a streak that was ended by two free throws by SLU's Taylin Underwood with 25 seconds left in the quarter. Louisiana held SLU to 19 percent shooting from the field through the quarter and entered the quarter break with a 10-point lead with the score sitting at 19-9.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Second Quarter): SLU came out and started the quarter on a 6-0 run to cut into the Cajuns lead right off the bat, but Louisiana ended the run on a jump shot by Fields and when the clock hit 6 minutes the Cajuns lead by six with the score at 21-15.
At the five-minute mark Sophomore Jasmine Thomas got out onto the floor for the first time this season, and she got her first points of the season on a jump shot at the 2:15 mark of the quarter to put the Cajuns up by seven. But SLU scored the final basket of the half, a three-point shot, to put the score at 30-26 heading into the locker with the Cajuns up by four.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Third Quarter): As the second half begun SLU began to cut into the Cajuns lead as Louisiana struggled slightly from the field missing two shots within the first three minutes of the quarter. A three-point basket from SLU's Charliee Dugas got SLU within one point and the score sat at 34-33 in favor of the Cajuns at the 6:23 mark in the quarter.
But that's how close the Lady Lions would get to Louisiana as over the next five minutes the Cajuns defense was strong keeping SLU from scoring as the Cajuns crashed the board and extended their lead.
A three-point basket from Thomas followed by a layup from Burton put the Cajuns up by 10 points and they extended their lead to 11 points and as the quarter came to an end Louisiana was up 45-34.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Fourth Quarter): Down the stretch through the fourth quarter, Louisiana was strong at the free throw line as SLU fouled, attempting to stretch out the game. But the Cajuns answered the call shooting 75 percent (12-16) from the charity stripe to maintain their lead through the quarter.
A three-point basket from Jyar Francis and a layup from Underwood got the Lady Lions to within eight points of the Cajuns, but the game was under one minute and Louisiana tacked on going 3-3 from the line to finish the game with a 12-point lead to get the victory 68-56.
NOTEWORTHY: It was Fields' third game this season that she's scored in double-digits; The 68 points ties the Cajuns for the most points they've scored this season in regulation having scored 68 in their 68-52 win over Niagara on Nov. 25; It was the second time this season that the Cajuns held their opponent to under 33 percent shooting, the other time being against Niagara; The +12 rebounding margin (43-31) is the third time this season that Louisiana has outrebounded their opponents by double digits.
UP NEXT FOR THE CAJUNS: Louisiana stays on the road for their next game as they head to Baton Rouge, La., to face off with the LSU Tigers on Sunday, Dec. 17 with a late afternoon tip scheduled for 2 p.m.
The Cajuns will return to the Cajundome for their final home game of the calendar year, when they host the Alcorn State Lady Braves in the fourth-annual education game with the game slated to start at 11 a.m.
Louisiana then hits the road to start Sun Belt Conference play with a trip to Little Rock, Ark., to face the Little Rock Trojans on Friday, Dec. 29 and they'll wrap that trip up with a visit to Jonesboro, Ark., taking on the Arkansas State Red Wolves on Sunday, Dec. 31.
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