Cajuns women’s basketball falls to Dillard 72-69

Posted at 6:46 PM, Nov 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-14 19:46:51-05


LAFAYETTE – Another double-double from sophomore Ty’Reona Doucetand sophomore Jomyra Mathis’ first-career double-double, were not enough for Louisiana Women’s Basketball (1-2, 0-0 SBC) as the Ragin’ Cajuns fell to the Dillard Bleu Devils (3-0, 0-0 GCAC), 72-69, in the Fifth Annual Education Game at the CAJUNDOME, on Wednesday.

Docuet finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Mathis added a career-high 13 points and 11 rebounds, as Louisiana outrebounded Dillard 37-to-31.  Louisiana held an 11-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but a 14-0 run from Dillard brought the Bleu Devils back, and Louisiana could not overcome the late run, dropping its second game of the season.

HOW IT HAPPENED (First Half): Doucet began the game hitting the first basket of the game, after grabbing a rebound.  But Dillard, in a game that would be all about runs, ripped off a 9-0 run to pull ahead by seven points, midway through the quarter.  But Louisiana responded with a run of its own, sparked by freshman Diamond Morrison’s three-point basket, and when the quarter came to an end Louisiana had pulled head and held a slim one-point lead, 17-16.

Much like the first quarter, Dillard went on another long run, taking a quarter-high seven-point lead at the 5:50 mark when Dillard’s Alyssa Washington hit a jumper.  But a steal from junior Caroline Rivera led to a layup from Doucet and Louisiana was off and running, going on a 14-4 run to end the half and take a 34-31 lead into the break.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Second Half): The second half began was a back-and-forth affair, with Dillard coming back to tie things up twice through the period.  But at the 3:48 mark of the quarter, freshman Andrea Cournoyer hit a jump shot to tie things up at 44-44, and it sent Louisiana on a 10-1 run to end the third quarter and the Ragin’ Cajuns took an eight-point lead into the final quarter of the game.

It was here that Dillard won the game, beginning the quarter on a 14-3 run, after a three-point basket from Cournoyer to start the quarter.  That 14-3 run pushed Dillard in front of Louisiana, and at the 6:12 mark the Bleu Devils took a 60-57 lead.  Louisiana did not give up, after losing its lead, and they stayed with Dillard over the next two minutes, taking the lead for one final time at the 2:25 mark, 65-64 on two Mathis free throws.

But Dillard responded and down the stretch they outscored the Ragin’ Cajuns 8-4, to take a three-point lead into the final seven seconds.  Louisiana did have one last chance to tie things, but Cournoyer’s shot fell short and so did Louisiana, losing 72-69.

GAME NOTES: Doucet’s double-double (21 points, 11 rebounds, 10-for-13 shooting) was the third straight this season for the Louisiana center and the fifth of her career; Mathis recorded her first career double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds, 4-for-9 shooting), and the points and rebounds were both career-highs.

UP NEXT FOR THE CAJUNS: Louisiana remains at home for its next game, when on Monday, Nov. 19, the Jackson State Tigers come to the CAJUNDOME for a 6:30 p.m tip.  The game will once again be televised on Cox Sports TV and broadcasted on ESPN1420.

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE: Both season tickets and individual tickets for Louisiana Women’s Basketball are available for purchase by either heading to or by calling the Louisiana Athletics Ticket Office at the CAJUNDOME, (337) 265-2357, or by visiting the office in person.

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