STARKVILLE, Miss. (PRESS RELEASE) – Louisiana Women’s Basketball (2-9) wrapped up its non-conference schedule with a 104-36 loss at No. 8 Mississippi State (12-1) on Sunday afternoon at the Humphrey Coliseum.
Sophomore guard Skyler Goodwin finished with a team-high nine points and added six rebounds, while sophomore center Ty’Reona Doucet crashed the boards for seven rebounds.
HOW IT HAPPENED (First Half): Mississippi State came out and started the game by scoring the first 22 points of the game, and it was not until the 3:46 mark of the first quarter that Louisiana finally got on the board. Louisiana’s first basket came when sophomore guard Jomyra Mathis faded away, using the glass to hit the jumper and put the score at 22-2.
Both teams traded scores down the final three minutes of the quarter and when the quarter came to an end, Mississippi State’s big lead held with the score entering the second quarter sitting at 29-6.
Louisiana opened the second quarter scoring the first four points of the period, with freshman guard Andrea Cournoyer nailing a jumper at the 7:36 mark to put the Ragin’ Cajuns in double-digits for the first time in the game. But a 10-0 mid-quarter run by Mississippi State that started with an Anriel Howard basket at the 6:12 mark, helped push Mississippi State’s lead over 30 points and when the half came to an end Mississippi State held a 50-16 advantage on the score board.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Second Half): Mississippi State built on its lead coming out of the break, answering each of Louisiana’s baskets scored early on and with 6:30 left in the quarter, Mississippi State pushed its lead to over 40 points when the score hit 62-21. A 10-0 run down the final minute and a half by Mississippi State pushed the score to 81-28, but a buzzer-beating layup from Cournoyer gave Louisiana 30 points and the score sat at 81-30 entering the final period.
Mississippi State eventually would get to over 100 points thanks to a 20-1 stretch over nine minutes of the final quarter. When the final buzzer rang, Mississippi State had wrapped up the game with the final score sitting at 104-36.
GAME NOTES: This is the first time that Louisiana has given up at least 100 points since Nov. 7, 2012 when Louisiana gave up 104 points to Middle Tennessee State.
UP NEXT FOR THE CAJUNS: Louisiana hits the road to start the New Year, beginning on Jan. 3, 2019, to start the Sun Belt Conference season. The Ragin’ Cajuns will first take on Arkansas State in Jonesboro, Ark., on Jan. 3 and they will wrap up the weekend to Little Rock in Little Rock, Ark., on Jan. 5.
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE: Both season tickets and individual game 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.