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LAFAYETTE – Riding a four-game Sun Belt Conference winning streak, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball team hits the road this weekend as they head on the Texas swing, taking on UT-Arlington, in Arlington, Texas on Thursday, Jan. 18 and Texas State, in San Marcos, Texas on Saturday, Jan. 20.
           
Louisiana enters the weekend sitting third in the conference with a 9-8 (4-1 SBC) record, while the Mavericks enter the 5 p.m. Thursday evening matchup with Louisiana carrying an 8-9 (2-4 SBC) record.  Texas State, who'll play ULM on Thursday, enters the weekend with a 11-6 (4-2 SBC) record and they sit right behind the Cajuns in fourth place and the Saturday matchup with the Cajuns will tip at 2 p.m.

CAJUNS CATCH THE WARHAWKS: Louisiana wrapped up their three-game home stand with a 63-55 win over ULM on Saturday, Jan. 13.  The Cajuns were led in scoring by senior Simone Fields who scored 10 second half points to finish with 16 points.  Senior Nekia Jones added 14 points as she was hot from behind the arc finishing 4-7 (5-9 from the field) from downtown.
           
Defensively the Cajuns held their first conference opponent to under 40 percent shooting from the field, holding the Warhawks to 39 percent from the field.  Once again, the Cajuns forced a plethora of turnovers, as they got ULM to turn the ball over 14 times in the game.  Freshman Ty'Reonne Doucet snagged a team high eight rebounds to help Louisiana outrebound ULM 39-30.

JONES GETS HOT AT THE RIGHT MOMENT: Jones has caught fire at the right time in the season. During the Cajuns first six conference games Jones has led the team in scoring, averaging 12.4 ppg., which ranks her 15th in the conference. Where she's been making her money is from downtown, she's shot 57 percent from beyond the arc over the six games and she ranks second in the conference during the first four weeks of conference play.

CAJUNS CAUSING TURNOVERS: In the past three games, all at the Dome, the Cajuns have cause a combined 62 turnovers. With 24 against App State, 24 against Coastal Carolina and 14 against ULM. When factoring in the game against Alcorn State, on Dec. 20, 2017, the Cajuns have caused 84 turnovers in their past four home games.

CAJUNS TIE BEST CONFERENCE START UNDER BRODHEAD: The win against ULM on Sat., Jan. 13 ties the best start that the Cajuns have had in conference under head coach Garry Brodhead as they're now 4-1. They had the same start last season, 2016-17, ironically, they lost to Little Rock to start the conference season before ripping off four straight wins much like this season.

WHAT THE MAVS BRING: UTA lost their previous game in a shootout in Jonesboro, Ark., falling to the Red Wolves 85-80 on Jan. 13.  Picked to win the conference in preseason, the Mavericks currently sit ninth in the conference, and they're on a three-game losing streak.
           
UTA is scoring 62.4 points per game while giving up 66.2 points per game, while shooting 39 percent from the field, with opponents shooting 40 percent from the field.  They're middle of the road in the conference, ranking seventh in scoring offense, scoring defense and shooting percentage.  They do defend the three-point line well, ranking second in three-point percentage defense, holding teams to 28 percent from downtown.        
           
Rebekah VanDijk, who recently reached the 1,000 points/1,000 rebounds plateau, leads UTA with 13.0 points per game and she's averaging 9.5 rebounds per game just missing averaging a double-double by half a rebound.  VanDijk ranks second in the conference in field goal percentage (55 percent) and rebounding (9.5 rpg).  Crystal Allen sits second on the team in scoring averaging 12.4 points per game and Laurynn McGowen leads the team in assists with 52 which averages out to 3.3 assists per game.

WHAT THE BOBCATS BRING: Texas State lost their previous game, against the still undefeated in conference play Little Rock Trojans, 63-48, and they'll play ULM on Thursday, Jan. 18 before hosting the Cajuns. 
           
As a team, the Bobcats are scoring 70.5 points per game while holding their opponents to under 60 points per game at 59.2 points per game.  They're shooting the ball well at 41 percent and they've got a 37 percent shooting percentage from beyond the arc, while holding teams to 39 percent shooting from the field and 26 percent from downtown.  Texas State ranks near the top in both scoring offense (second) and scoring defense (third) while they have a +11.4-scoring margin which puts them first in the conference.  Their numbers from beyond the arc both offensively and defensively puts them first in both three-point field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage defense.
           
Toshua Leavitt is one of three Bobcat players that are scoring in double-digits, as she's averaging a team high 18.4 ppg.  Joining Leavitt in the double-digit scoring category is Taeler Deer (15.5 ppg) and Brooke Holle (11.7 ppg).  Leavitt's 18.4 points per game makes her the conference leader in scoring and Deer is right behind her sitting fourth in the conference in scoring. 

HOW TO WATCH/FOLLOW THE GAMES: Thursday's game against UTA will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Pete Stein on play-by-play and Robert Gill handling the color.  As for Saturday's game, it will be streamed on the Texas State Bobcats website courtesy of the Texas State athletic department.
           
Both game will be broadcast on the radio live on ESPN1420 with Jay Walker handling the play-by-play duties for both the UTA and Texas State game.  Pre-game will begin 15 minutes prior to the start of both games.  Live stats will also be provided via both school's athletic departments during each game.

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