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Cajuns beat Georgia Southern in 3OT to advance in SBC Tournament

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NEW ORLEANS - Sixth-seeded Louisiana (16-15) outlasted 11th-seeded Georgia Southern (5-25), 88-81, in the longest women's basketball tournament game in Sun Belt history.

The teams needed three overtimes to decide a winner in the contest with the Ragin' Cajuns prevailing in the third frame. Louisiana scored 13 points in the final period to six for Georgia Southern.

The game saw nine lead changes and 14 ties throughout the 55-minute contest. The Eagles led 36-31 at the half and tied 45-45 after the end of three. Louisiana had a chance to win the game in regulation on a three-pointer by Nekia Jones that fell short.

Each team scored six points in the first overtime. Neither team could find an open look in the final 30 seconds to force a second overtime.

Scoring came easier in the second overtime period as both teams tallied 13 points, none bigger than Georgia Southern's final layup. With 19 seconds remaining, Georgia Southern's Alexis Brown made her first of two free-throw attempts. Her second attempt missed and was rebounded and tipped in by Hailey Dias-Allen, knotting the score at 75.

Louisiana went up by two early in the third overtime on free-throws by Jasmine Thomas. GS's Brown tied it up with a layup on the other end. Skyler Goodwin scored five of her 28 points in the third overtime. Her layup with 3:15 remaining put the Cajuns up for good as they would run the lead out to nine in the final frame.

Goodwin and Swain played 52 minutes apiece and scored 45 of Louisiana's 88 points. Goodwin added nine rebounds. Thomas played 49 mintes and scored eight points along with eight rebounds and 12 assists.

Georgia Southern's Dias-Allen led the Eagles with 18 points and Brown totaled 17.

The Ragin' Cajuns move onto Thursday's quarterfinals where they will take on third-seeded UTA at 7:30 p.m. CT.

Georgia Southern Notes
• Sophomore Hailey Dias-Allen scored a career high 18 points on 9-13 shooting.
• Senior Alexis Foulks finished with a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Louisiana Notes
• In the first triple overtime game in Sun Belt Championship history the Cajun are able to survive and pull out the victory.
• Freshman Skylar Goodwin scored a career high 28 points on 10-16 shooting and grabbed 9 rebounds.
• Louisiana only led for 11 minutes and 51 seconds of the game.


Head Coach Garry Brodhead
Opening Statement:
“For some reason, coming to the tournament and all that, the first game that we play in a tournament, we always seem to struggle a little bit.  The last three years have kind of been the same thing, but at least we didn’t go overtime in other games.  It was a little sluggish to start the game offensively, but we defended really good the first half and it reversed.  I thought we played a little bit better offensively the second half, and in overtime, defensively we didn’t make stops, we couldn’t make stops, and it was difficult.  But I’m proud, I had two freshmen that had their game highs, and Skyler Goodwin scoring 28, and Ty Doucet having 14 and a double-double, so I’m proud of those kids.  We had to have some kids step up in that third overtime, and Nekia Jones came in and made some good plays, big plays, as well as Simone Fields.”

On the emotional energy of the team:
“Yeah, that’s probably the only thing that a kid, when they’re playing, can control is their effort and attitude, and I thought that was a big thing.  It kind of lasted all the game because we went through some adversity tonight where they were really shooting it well, and we weren’t the first half, but we kind of stuck with it.  Only down by five at half and it felt like we were down by twenty, to only be down by five.  I think they kind of just kept their heads on straight, and to me, it’s about playing together in this tournament.  Who’s the toughest team?  I thought we were pretty tough tonight to fight through all the things that we did.”

Head Coach Kip Drown
Opening Statement:
“I thought it was a heck of a college basketball game.  I am so proud of our kids of the effort that they put forth and I know Gary is proud of his kids.  We just didn't get a couple of things to go our way down the stretch at the end.  Lafayette made some plays and I congratulate them and wish them the best.  Again I am very proud of our players.

When Dias-Allen fouled out in the third overtime, was that as much as an emotional swing as it was her physical presence in the game?
“Yeah, you know, one of my assistants mentioned going into the third overtime that we’d only had one player foul out in that many minutes.  And Hailey had four for a while.  She had a heck of a game, she really grew up tonight and was a sophomore that kind of got thrown in the fire.  You keep battling, but they are so strong inside and have such physical kids inside that it’s just tough to keep a body on them at all times.”

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