Teams: ULM (3-10, 0-2 SBC)
Louisiana (7-4, 1-1 SBC)
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Lafayette, La. (Cajun Dome)
Monroe, La. - The ULM women’s basketball team opens the 2017 portion of its schedule on Saturday night when the Warhawks make the short trip to face off against Louisiana inside the Cajun Dome in Sun Belt Conference play.
Sun Belt Conference: The Warhawks were dealt a couple of losses by Arkansas State and Little Rock to open SBC play and end the 2016 calendar year. With the arrival of a new calendar year, the Warhawks look to bounce back as they take on Louisiana in Lafayette.
Opponent: The Ragin' Cajuns finished their non-conference season at 6-3 with four of those six wins claimed in the Cajun Dome. The Cajuns also opened their season against Little Rock and Arkansas State, but with a win over ASU and loss to the Trojans. The Cajuns Jaylyn Gordon leads the team in at least four different categories: points (155), three-point field goals (29), free throws (45) and average minutes (39.3).
Head-to-Head: The Warhawks lead the series against the Cajuns with an overall record of 40-10. Louisiana, however, is currently in the midst of a three-game winning streak that started in 2015. The teams have also had their fair share of overtime contests with four single overtime games, which have tilted in ULM’s favor (3-1) and one double overtime matchup over their 50 meetings.
Individuals leading the league (1-5-17): Gabriella Cortez leads up the Sun Belt in free throw percentage having missed only four on the season with a percentage of 90.5 percent after hitting 38 of her 42 total attempts.
FROM COACH DOW
About Louisiana-Lafayette: They are getting to the free throw line almost 22 times a game. So it’s going to be extremely important that we are extremely disciplined. We’re going to have to find a way to contest shots and do it in such a way that we don’t put them on the foul line. Another thing is for us to take care of the ball on the offensive end. Louisiana-Lafayette is leading the league in turnover margin; meaning that they do a good job of taking care of the ball, but also force a lot of turnovers. Individually they have two of the most talented players in the Sun Belt Conference in Jaylyn Gordon and Simone Fields.
What our focus is: It’s critical that we don’t let them speed us up, we handle their pressure in the both the front court and the back court and find a way to get good shots. A lot of the times the runs that we have allowed our opponents to go on are due to the turnovers. So we have to make sure that we take care of the ball and get shots up. It’s going to be a tough battle, facing them on their home court, and we know we have our hands full.
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