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Cajuns' offense struggles, UL drops at home to UTA 38-34

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LAFAYETTE – Struggling from the field all night, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball team lost their second straight game at home, to the UT Arlington Lady Mavs, 38-34, in what was the Cajuns lowest scoring affair since 2009.
           
The Cajuns loss drops them back to .500 with their record, as it now sits at 13-13 (8-6 SBC) and it knows the Cajuns down in the standings just enough to make the next four games just about must wins for a top four finish going into the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.  As for UTA the win improves their record to 16-10 (10-5 SBC) and they're on a five-game winning streak.
           
Freshman Skyler Goodwin lead the way for the Cajuns with 14 points and seven rebounds while senior Nekia Jones added seven points and five rebounds.  Senior Simone Fields added another six points and five rebounds in what turned out to be the Cajuns lowest scoring game since a 39-35 loss at Little Rock on Feb. 28, 2009.

HOW IT HAPPENED (First Quarter): It was a low scoring affair for both teams as neither team made a basket from the field over the first three minutes of the quarter with the only basket coming from sophomore Jasmine Thomas making one of two from the free throw line. 
           
At about the 4:30 mark UTA jumped ahead of the Cajuns going on a 4-0 run, to make the score 6-4, with Louisiana only getting points from the free throw line.  It wasn't until the 56 second mark of the quarter Goodwin got Louisiana's first field goal of the game by following sophomore Malachi-Seraphin Williams' miss when she put one up to beat the shot clock.  Goodwin followed and hit the layup to put the Cajuns up 7-6 and that's where the score sat when the first period came to an end, with Louisiana grinding out a one-point lead.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Second Quarter): Things again started slowly as both teams were held scoreless through the first one and a half minutes of the quarter, but that was ended by a Goodwin basket to put the Cajuns up by three points.  UTA worked themselves back into the lead, but a tough play from Jones put the Cajuns back on top.
           
She drove the basket and fought through the contact to draw a foul and she nailed the layup, converted the free throw and it put the Cajuns back on top by one point.  Things rolled past the media timeout just slightly past the five-minute mark of the quarter and the Cajuns pushed their lead to four points when Goodwin nailed a basket from beyond the arc putting the score at 17-13 with just under four minutes to play.
           
But UTA took advantage of a slight scoring drought from the Cajuns as they couldn't capitalize from their strong defense, as they caused 12 first half UTA turnovers, and a three-point basket from UTA pushed them up by one point with under a minute to go.  But Fields had an answer as she hit a buzzer beater jumper to put the Cajuns up by one point, 19-18, heading into the locker room.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Third Quarter): In contrast to the previous half both teams came out making their shots, with UTA and Louisiana trading baskets and the Lady Mavs came out on top taking a one-point lead, 22-21, within the first two minutes of the period.  But shortly after that things reverted back to the defensive showdown that the game was from the start as neither team would score from the 6:30 mark until a layup by Jones, assisted by Fields but the Cajuns up 25-24 just past the three-minute mark.
           
While the Cajuns wouldn't make a basket from the field after that Jones basket, Louisiana would make three of four from the line, including grabbing three rebounds over the final three minutes of the period take back the lead and the Cajuns took a 28-26 lead into the final period of action.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Fourth Quarter): It was in the fourth quarter that the Cajuns lost their way, and a layup from Goodwin, at the 9:18 mark, was the final basket from the field the Cajuns would make for the remainder of the game as they would struggle from the field through the entire period and they finished the game going 0 for 9 from the field.
           
Louisiana stayed with the Lady Mavs by making free throws, but their lack of shots from the field cost them in the end and they lose the game 38-34 to drop their second straight game at home.

UP NEXT FOR THE CAJUNS: Louisiana hits the road for one final time as they head to face off with the Alabama schools next weekend with their first game being at Troy on Thursday, Feb. 22 before they wrap up the weekend at South Alabama on Saturday, Feb. 24.

FOLLOWING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS: Follow the Cajuns on twitter @RaginCajunsWBB for updates during the games, links to live stats and streams and a link to the recap following the games action.

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