Score: Louisiana 67 - ULM 57
Teams: ULM (3-11, 0-3 SBC)
Louisiana (8-4, 2-1 SBC)
Location: Lafayette, La. (Cajun Dome)
Lafayette, La. - The ULM women’s basketball team had a rough first half, but turned things around in the second and closed the scoring gap to as little as eight points before the host Ragin Cajuns were able close things out and hand the Warhawks a 67-57 loss in the Cajun Dome Saturday.
Down 18 points to start the fourth quarter, the Warhawks continued to cut into the deficit and had the gap down to eight points with 40 seconds remaining only to see the Ragin Cajuns hit five of their six free throws to end the night.
The Cajuns went on an early 7-0 run that they would defend through the entire game despite the Warhawks strong second half where the team shot 14-of-25 from the floor (56 percent).
-Gabriella Cortez led the Warhawks with 20 total points in the contest. Cortez shot 7-of-15 from the floor, including hitting 4-of-7 from behind the arch. The junior filled out her stat line with six rebounds, two assists and one steal.
-Carissa Moody was the only other Warhawk in double digits with 10. Moody shot 36 percent (4-of-11) from the floor. The freshman also grabbed seven rebounds (six defensive), one assist and one steal.
-ULM came back in the second half and shot 14-of-25 (56 percent) from the floor compared to just 7-of-28 (25 percent) in the first half. The Warhawks closed the scoring gap that spread to as many as 26 points before the Warhawks cut the lead down to the eight point margin in the fourth quarter.
-Louisiana outscored the Warhawks in points in the paint (36-24), points off turnovers (21-7), second chance points (16-6) and bench points (17-11). ULM had an advantage in points on fast breaks with eight compared to the Cajuns four.
-The Cajuns' Simone Fields was the game's high scorer, finishing with 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the floor while adding a 4-of-6 mark from the stripe
FROM COACH DOW
"I was really encouraged with how well we competed in the second half. Certainly, in the fourth quarter when we were playing a lot of freshman as well as sophomore Lauren Marker and then Gabby Cortez, and for them to be able to cut the gap down to eight after being down by 26 at one point in the third quarter certainly speaks volumes in terms of how hard they were playing."
"Some of the things that we did significantly better in the second half was we were down 14-0 in second chance points and then we came back to outscore them in the second half 6-2. We shot it extremely well in the second half after a poor first half. We really like what we saw in terms of the energy and the competitiveness that we had out there particularly in the fourth quarter and it’s certainly something to build on."
-The Warhawks return home for the first time since non-conference play back in December when they face Georgia Southern Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. and then host Georgia State next Saturday afternoon.
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