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SBC Preview: Cajuns shouldering 'dark-horse' mentality

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LAFAYETTE (KATC) -- The mood around Louisiana's women's basketball team is different this week, than it was just two weeks ago. It all starts with body language.

Two weeks ago, in the heat of a three-game losing streak, Louisiana looked destine to stumble into the tournament. Players' heads hung low and the team looked disconnected. None of that showed Saturday after the Cajuns' overtime-loss to the regular season sun Belt champion Little Rock Trojans. The team's body language is speaking differently.

The Cajuns opened the game with energy and appeared engaged all the way through the final buzzer. Coach Garry Brodhead said Monday his team is realizing it's 'go-time.'

"I really do think it's about being a Cajun. It's our heritage, it's our culture and all of that. When your back is against the wall, a Hurricane, a flood, or whatever, you show up," said the Cajuns' head coach. "You lose you go home. So we have that mentality that 'Hey, we got to get it done.'"

Louisiana enters the Sun Belt tournament and Tuesday's tournament opener against Georgia Southern with a 'dark-horse' mentality.

Coach Brodhead has suggested all year that the team is better it's .500 record. The Cajuns beat Tuesday's opponent Georgia Southern on the road by ten (58-48) on February 8th. If you subtract outliers, losses by 24 to Little Rock and 19 to Troy, Louisiana's other six conference losses come by less than 7 points on average.

"We're easy to be forgotten. It's kind of good. I like to come in from the backside," said coach Brodhead."

On Saturday, the Cajuns saw a spark from senior guard Kendra Howard who played 34 minutes, scoring 13 points. Both numbers were season highs for her in conference play. Troi Swain showed her shot was coming back scoring a team high 16-points, and and Kim Burton has hit 7 of her last 10 shots.

In 2017 the Cajuns advanced to the SBC championship. This year the they are the sixth seed. Brodhead saying to return to Sunday's game, it will take a focused and confident team.

"I think it's mental toughness, no doubt. But mental toughness comes with confidence," he added. "for us, the first game is going to be our toughest game. If we can get a win then you get some of that confidence and toughness and hopefully get on a roll."

6. Louisiana vs. 11. Georgia Southern

Tuesday - 7:30 (ESPN3)
Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, La.

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