LAFAYETTE – The 2018-19 season begins for Louisiana Women’s Basketball (0-0, 0-0 SBC) on Tuesday, Nov. 6, when the Lamar Cardinals (0-0, 0-0 SLC) come into the CAJUNDOME for a 5 p.m. game that will be televised on ESPN+.
HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN: Dan McDonald (PXP) and Lawana Stokes (Analyst) will handle the ESPN+ broadcast, while on the radio Steve Peloquin will handle the play-by-play duties on ESPN1420.
FRESHMEN EXPERIENCE THE LIGHTS: During Louisiana’s exhibition opening game (vs. LSU-Shreveport on Nov. 1 [W, 89-57]), Louisiana had a chance to get all four freshmen on the court, spreading plenty of experience around. Freshmen Andrea Cournoyer (16 pts.); Brandi Williams (15 pts.); Jazmyn Womack (10 pts.) and Diamond Morrison (9 pts./6 assists) all got at least 28 minutes of action and Cournoyer and Williams were a part of the starting lineup.
FEELS LIKE 2014: For the first time since 2014, Louisiana and Lamar will face off in what is both team’s regular season opener. During the previous matchup, back on Nov. 14, 2014, Louisiana won 75-55 in Beaumont, Texas. It is the first game in Lafayette between the two teams since 2013 and if Louisiana comes away with a win it will be the first win at home against Lamar since 2004.
NO SENIORS, NO PROBLEM: For the first time since the 2013-14 season, Louisiana will be going at it without any seniors on the team. This year’s squad has four freshmen, one redshirt freshman, three sophomores and four juniors. The 2013-14 squad had five freshmen, three sophomores, one redshirt sophomore and one junior.
GOODWIN GETS A THIRD-TEAM NOD: Sophomore guard Skyler Goodwin, who was named to the 2018 Sun Belt Conference All-Tournament Team, was named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt Third Team, giving Louisiana its lone member in the Preseason All-Sun Belt Team.
GOING FOR FIVE STRAIGHT: Louisiana enters the season with a chance to extend its winning seasons streak to five. Already in the middle of the best four-year stretch in program history, the Ragin’ Cajuns have gone 85-49 over the past four seasons, and 15 wins during the upcoming season would give Louisiana 100 wins over the past four-plus seasons.
WHAT THE CARDINALS BRING: – Lamar finished the 2017-18 season going 22-8 (17-1 SLC) ripping of 10 straight conference wins during the year, after losing to Central Arkansas on Nov. 6, 2018. Despite Lamar’s regular season success, the Cardinals did drop their first game of the Southland Conference Tournament, losing in the semifinals to Nicholls, on Mar. 10, 2018 (74-68).
Lamar made a trip to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament, losing in the first round to TCU, 80-68, on Mar. 15, 2018 to wrap up the season.
Heading into the 2018-19 season Lamar was picked, unanimously, to win the Southland Conference Championship, by both the coaches and sports information directors of the SLC. While juniors Chastadie Barrs and Moe Kinard were named to the Preseason All-Southland Conference First Team ahead of the 2018-19 season.
Barrs was the SLC Defensive Player of the Year for the third straight season following the 2017-18 season, and she has 456 steals in her career. Kinard led the Cardinals in scoring last season, finishing with 16.0 points per game during the season.
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE: Both season tickets and individual tickets for Louisiana Women’s Basketball are available for purchase by either heading to ragincajuns.com/tickets 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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