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NEW ORLEANS – On Tuesday the Sun Belt Conference announced the 2018-19 conference schedule and for the fourth straight year Louisiana Women’s Basketball will open up Sun Belt Conference play with the Arkansas swing, before returning to the Cajundome to tipoff their home slate of conference games by hosting the Georgia schools.

MIRROR SCHEDULING: The Sun Belt Conference has decided to switch things up this season and go with a mirror scheduling format during the 2018-19 conference season. It is a change from the doubleheaders that the SBC has used for the past few years.

The mirror scheduling format means that when Louisiana Men’s Basketball is on the road the women will be playing at home. And the reverse is true for when the women are on the road, the men will be home.

SBC CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT: The Sun Belt Conference Women’s Basketball Championships will be played in the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans for one final time this season, but the format has been tweaked just a bit from previous seasons.

The slight change is with the First-Round games, which will be played on Monday, Mar. 11. Instead of playing the two first round games at the Lakefront Arena, the games will be played at campus sites. In the No. 7 vs. No. 10 seed games, the seven seed will host. And the same can be said for the No. 8 vs. No. 9 seed game, with the eight seed hosting the game.

Following the First-Round games the championships will move to New Orleans starting with the Second-Round games on Wednesday, Mar. 13. There will be no break in-between games, like there has been in past seasons, with the Quarterfinals being played on Thursday, Mar. 14, the Semifinals on Friday, Mar. 15 and the Finals on Saturday, Mar. 16.

FIVE RETURNING: Head coach Garry Brodhead returns five players from the 2017-18 squad that finished 17-16 for the Cajuns fourth straight winning season, the best stretch in school history. The Cajuns made a deep run in the SBC Championships reaching the Semifinals for the fourth straight season, dropping a close game to the Texas State Bobcats, to finish the season.

Last season’s leading scorer, sophomore Skyler Goodwin, leads the returning five Cajuns for the 2018-19 season. Goodwin finished with 9.6 points per game and led the team in minutes with 32.0 minutes per game.

Junior guard Jasmine Thomas, last season’s team leader in assists with 59, averaging 2.6 assists per game, returns to run the point for the Cajuns. Thomas is joined by junior forward Kimberly Burton, second on the team last year in rebounds per game (4.7), sophomore center Ty’Reona Doucet, 5.1 points per game last season and sophomore guard Jomyra Mathis, who finished with 3.3 ppg., last season.

SEVEN NEW CAJUNS: Coach Brodhead refreshed his roster with seven new players, four freshman and three transfers. Freshmen Andrea Cournoyer, Brandi Williams, Diamond Morrison and Jazmyn Womack will all begin their collegiate careers this season. While junior’s Caroline Rivera and Kendall Bess, along with redshirt freshman Kristen Daniels, will all continue their careers in a Cajuns uniform.

FOURTH TIME IN ARKANSAS: Louisiana opens up their conference play in Jonesboro, Arkansas when they face the Arkansas State Red Wolves on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. The Ragin’ Cajuns will then wrap up their first road swing of the conference season with a visit to the defending conference regular season and tournament champion Little Rock Trojans on Saturday, Jan. 5.

During the past three seasons, the Cajuns have gone 3-3 on their opening swing in Arkansas. With a 2-1 record against Arkansas State and a 1-2 record against Little Rock. Last season the Cajuns dropped their opening game against Little Rock before bouncing back to snag their second straight road win against the Red Wolves to open the 2017-18 conference season 1-1.

THREE GAME HOME SWING: For the second straight season, the Cajuns will return from Arkansas to play a three-game homestand to open up the Cajundome for conference play. Louisiana will welcome the Georgia State Panthers on Thursday, Jan. 10, before finishing the weekend hosting the Georgia Southern Eagles on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Louisiana will then wrap up their conference opening swing at the Cajundome with in-state rivals, the ULM Warhawks, on Saturday, Jan. 19. Last season the Cajuns went 3-0 in the same three-game swing, including a win over the Warhawks to wrap up the stand.

AWAY AND HOME: Louisiana then begins a four-game stretch where they spend a weekend on the road before again returning to the Cajundome. The Cajuns start the stretch with a visit to Alabama, starting with South Alabama on Thursday, Jan. 24, before heading to Troy, Ala., to face the Troy Trojans on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The Cajuns then return to the Cajundome to host the Carolina schools over the first weekend in February. On Thursday, Jan. 31 the Appalachian State Mountaineers visit Lafayette. Louisiana has won four out of the last five matchups with the Mountaineers and they’ve never lost to App State at the Cajundome.

Louisiana then welcomes the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers to the Cajundome for only the second time in history and second straight year, on Saturday, Feb. 2, to wrap up Louisiana’s quick weekend in Lafayette.

A TRIPLE THREAT ROAD TRIP: The Cajuns begin their longest stretch away from Lafayette on Thursday, Feb. 7 when they visit Statesboro, Georgia to take on the Eagles of Georgia Southern. Louisiana’s weekend in Georgia wraps up in Atlanta when the Cajuns visit Georgia State on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Louisiana then remains on the road, with a trip up to northern Louisiana during the next weekend. The Cajuns will visit Monroe, La., to take on ULM on Saturday, Feb. 16, wrapping up a three-game road trip to tipoff the second half of the 2018-19 conference schedule.

FOUR OUT OF SIX AT HOME: Louisiana wraps up the 2018-19 conference swing playing four out of their final six games at home. They’ll start their final stretch with UT-Arlington coming to Lafayette, on Thursday, Feb. 21. The Cajuns then wrap up their weekend hosting the Texas State Bobcats on Saturday, Feb. 23.

The Ragin’ Cajuns then begin their final road trip of the season, when they make the long trek out to the Carolinas for the first time since the 2016-17 season. Louisiana will begin their adventure to the east coast with a visit to Conway, S.C., and a matchup with Coastal Carolina on Thursday, Feb. 28. A visit to Appalachian State, on Saturday, Mar. 2, wraps up Louisiana’s 2018-19 slate of road games for the 2018-19 season.

Louisiana returns to the Cajundome to wrap up the 2018-19 regular season when, for the second straight season, the Cajuns host the Arkansas schools to finish the season. On Thursday, Mar. 7, the Little Rock Trojans come to Lafayette, followed by Arkansas State on Saturday, Mar. 9 to finish the regular season.

2018-19 Sun Belt Conference Women’s Basketball Schedule

Thursday, January 3

South Alabama at Appalachian State

Louisiana at Arkansas State

Troy at Coastal Carolina

Texas State at Georgia Southern

UTA at Georgia State

ULM at Little Rock

Saturday, January 5

Troy at Appalachian State

ULM at Arkansas State

South Alabama at Coastal Carolina

UTA at Georgia Southern

Texas State at Georgia State

Louisiana at Little Rock

Thursday, January 10

Georgia State at Louisiana

Arkansas State at South Alabama

Coastal Carolina at Texas State

Little Rock at Troy

Georgia Southern at ULM

Appalachian State at UTA

Saturday, January 12

Georgia Southern at Louisiana

Little Rock at South Alabama

Appalachian State at Texas State

Arkansas State at Troy

Georgia State at ULM

Coastal Carolina at UTA

Thursday, January 17

UTA at Arkansas State

Troy at Georgia Southern

South Alabama at Georgia State

Texas State at Little Rock

Saturday, January 19

Coastal Carolina at Appalachian State

Texas State at Arkansas State

South Alabama at Georgia Southern

Troy at Georgia State

UTA at Little Rock

ULM at Louisiana

Thursday, January 24

Arkansas State at Appalachian State

Little Rock at Coastal Carolina

Louisiana at South Alabama

Georgia State at Texas State

ULM at Troy

Georgia Southern at UTA

Saturday, January 26

Little Rock at Appalachian State

Arkansas State at Coastal Carolina

ULM at South Alabama

Georgia Southern at Texas State

Louisiana at Troy

Georgia State at UTA

Thursday, January 31

Appalachian State at Louisiana

Coastal Carolina at ULM

Saturday, February 2

Georgia State at Georgia Southern

Arkansas State at Little Rock

Coastal Carolina at Louisiana

Troy at South Alabama

Appalachian State at ULM

Texas State at UTA

Thursday, February 7
Texas State at Appalachian State

South Alabama at Arkansas State

UTA at Coastal Carolina

Louisiana at Georgia Southern

ULM at Georgia State

Troy at Little Rock

Saturday, February 9
UTA at Appalachian State

Troy at Arkansas State

Texas State at Coastal Carolina

ULM at Georgia Southern

Louisiana at Georgia State

South Alabama at Little Rock

Thursday, February 14
Georgia Southern at South Alabama

Arkansas State at Texas State

Georgia State at Troy

Little Rock at UTA

Saturday, February 16
Appalachian State at Coastal Carolina

Georgia State at South Alabama

Little Rock at Texas State

Georgia Southern at Troy

Louisiana at ULM

Arkansas State at UTA

Thursday, February 21
Coastal Carolina at Georgia Southern

Appalachian State at Georgia State

UTA at Louisiana

Texas State at ULM

Saturday, February 23
Little Rock at Arkansas State

Appalachian State at Georgia Southern

Coastal Carolina at Georgia State

Texas State at Louisiana

South Alabama at Troy

UTA at ULM

Thursday, February 28
ULM at Appalachian State

Georgia State at Arkansas State

Louisiana at Coastal Carolina

Georgia Southern at Little Rock

Troy at Texas State

South Alabama at UTA

Saturday, March 2
Louisiana at Appalachian State

Georgia Southern at Arkansas State

ULM at Coastal Carolina

Georgia State at Little Rock

South Alabama at Texas State

Troy at UTA

Thursday, March 7
Little Rock at Louisiana

Coastal Carolina at South Alabama

Appalachian State at Troy

Arkansas State at ULM

Saturday, March 9
Georgia Southern at Georgia State

Arkansas State at Louisiana

Appalachian State at South Alabama

UTA at Texas State

Coastal Carolina at Troy

Little Rock at ULM

2019 SUN BELT WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

First Round at Campus Sites

Monday, March 11

Game 1 - No. 10 Seed at No. 7 Seed, TBD

Game 2 - No. 9 Seed at No. 8 Seed, TBD

Second Round at Lakefront Arena

Wednesday, March 13

Game 3 - Game 1 Winner vs. No. 6 Seed, 11:30 AM

Game 4 - Game 2 Winner vs. No. 5 Seed, 2:00 PM

Quarterfinals at Lakefront Arena

Thursday, March 14

Game 5 - Game 3 Winner vs. No. 3 Seed, 11:30 AM

Game 6 - Game 4 Winner vs. No. 4 Seed, 2:00 PM

Semifinals at Lakefront Arena

Friday, March 15

Game 7 - Game 5 Winner vs. No. 2 Seed, 11:30 AM

Game 8 - Game 6 Winner vs. No. 1 Seed, 2:00 PM

Championship Game at Lakefront Arena

Saturday, March 16

Game 9 - Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner, 11:00 AM

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