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Women's Basketball: Louisiana Runs Out Of Gas At Coastal Carolina, Lose 67-62; Final Away Game Sat.

David Collins; david.collins@louisiana.edu  Athletics Communications Assistant

Louisiana Set To Play Final Regular Season Road Game, Visit Appalachian State

BOONE, N.C. – In what will be the final regular season road game, Louisiana Women's Basketball (7-19, 5-10 SBC) head to the mountains of North Carolina to take on the Appalachian State Mountaineers (14-12, 8-7 SBC) in a Saturday afternoon matchup with tip set for 1 p.m. CT.

HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN/FOLLOW: Saturday's game will be streamed on AppVision and a link to the broadcast can be found by clicking here.  Steve Peloquin will handle the radio call, with the game being broadcast on TalkRadio 960AM.  Live stats will be provided by the Appalachian State Athletic Department and a link to the live stats can be found by clicking here.

PREVIEWING THE GAME: This is the second meeting of the season between Appalachian State, with Louisiana taking the first matchup, 73-55, on Jan. 31 at the CAJUNDOME.  The trip to Boone, N.C., will be the first for Louisiana since 2017, a game that Louisiana won 68-58.

All-time Louisiana is 5-2 against Appalachian State, with all of the matchups coming with both sides being a part of the Sun Belt Conference.  Louisiana won the last three straight matchups with App State, and the last visit to Boone was the first win for Louisiana at App State, and this visit will be fourth time in program history that Louisiana has visited Appalachian State.

REVIEWING THE PREVIOUS GAME: A late run from Louisiana, where the Ragin' Cajuns cut a seven-point deficit during the fourth quarter, ran out of gas as Louisiana fell at Coastal Carolina, 67-62, on Feb. 28.  In the game Louisiana, who was a force pressuring the ball all game, had a season-high 13 steals. 

The 13 steals were the most steals by Louisiana in a single game since grabbing 14 against UT Arlington on Mar. 8, 2018 in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Women's Basketball Championships.

Sophomore guard Jomyra Mathis led Louisiana in scoring, dropping 13 points, while freshman guard Brandi Williams and junior forward Kendall Bess each added 12 points to give Louisiana three who scored in double digits.  Where Louisiana got a large portion of its 13 steals came from freshman guard Andrea Cournoyer's team-high four steals.  It was the third time in the last five games that Cournoyer has recorded at least four steals.

OWNING THE CHARITY STRIPE: Williams has been a force at the charity stripe during her freshman season, shooting a Sun Belt Conference best 88 percent from the line (112-of-128) and she is on pace to break the current school record of 82 percent set by Anna Petrakova during the 2003-04 season when she went 127-of-155 from the line.

WILLIAMS CLOSES ON A LEGEND: Williams, who currently sits at 348 points scored on the season, is closing in on the late great Kim Perrot for the most points scored by a freshman in program history.  Perrot, who eventually went on to score a school-record 2,157 points, scored 354 points as a freshman, setting the freshman record at Louisiana.

COURNOYER BUZZES DEFENSES: Cournoyer has been a thorn in the side of opposing defenses, snagging a team-high 50 steals, for an average of 1.9 spg. placing her sixth in the conference and she is the leading freshmen in spg.

MATHIS DISHES IT OUT: Over the past eight games, Mathis has been moving the ball well, averaging 2.3 assists per game during that stretch.  She recorded a conference season-high with five assists in Louisiana's game at Georgia Southern.

WILLIAMS HAS IMPRESSED: Williams has been impressive through 26 games, she is averaging 13.4 points per game, the second most on the team, while shooting .449 percent from the field.  The 13.4 ppg., rank Williams second on the team in scoring and when looking at the SBC, Williams is the leading scorer among freshmen.

ROAD WARRIORS: During the month of February Louisiana will earn its frequent flyer miles, playing four out of its six games on the road.  Louisiana will first make the Georgia swing, (Feb. 7-9), followed by a quick trip to Monroe, La. (Feb. 16), a one-game homestand against Texas State (Feb. 23) before wrapping up the month on the east coast with the Carolina swing (Feb. 28-Mar. 2).

HIGH FLYING FRESHMEN: Williams and Cournoyer have been scoring machines over 15 conference games, with Williams and Cournoyer both averaging high figures in Sun Belt play.  Williams is averaging 15.7 ppg., and AC is averaging 9.6 points per game making Williams one and Cournoyer third in the conference for freshmen in terms of scoring.

LOUISIANA FRESHMEN HAVE BEEN KEY: Louisiana's four freshmen have played key parts on the court over the Ragin' Cajuns' 25 games played so far.  Louisiana's freshmen have averaged 29.9 points per game total, which is just under half of the 61.8 points per game that Louisiana is averaging as a team and the four freshmen are shooting .376 percent playing a key part the team shooting percentage of .391.

WHAT THE MOUNTAINEERS BRING: Appalachian State enters the matchup with Louisiana having won its previous two games, including a 56-51 win over ULM on Feb. 28, in its previous game.  The Mountaineers are middle of the pack in most categories across the Sun Belt, sitting fifth in scoring offense and eighth in scoring defense. 

App State does do a good job of cleaning up the glass, sitting first in the conference in defensive rebounding percentage (.735), third in offensive rebounding percentage (.341), third in both offensive (13.8) and defensive (28.4) rebounds per game and App State's �5.3 rebounding margin is the third best in the conference.

In scoring App State is led by Madi Story's 12.3 points per game and Lainey Gosnell's 10.9 points per game.  Story sits 16th in the conference in scoring while Gosnell is at 21st in the Sun Belt.

On the glass App State is making its money this season, and Bayley Plummer is once again leading the Sun Belt in rebounding, averaging a team-best 12.2 rebounds per game and Bayley is the only player in the conference averaging double-digit rebounds.

Ashley Polacek is second in the conference, first on the team, in assists per game as she is averaging 4.5 assists per game.

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.

FOLLOWING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS: Follow the Ragin' Cajuns on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@RaginCajunsWBB) to stay up-to-date with Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Women's Basketball.


* * * * * Louisiana Runs Out Of Gas At Coastal Carolina, Lose 67-62

CONWAY, S.C. – A late fourth quarter run, that saw Louisiana Women's Basketball (7-19, 5-10 SBC) comeback from a seven-point hole midway through the period, fell short as Louisiana ran out of gas down the stretch to fall, 67-62, at Coastal Carolina (16-10, 8-7 SBC) in a Thursday evening Sun Belt Conference matchup at the HTC Center.

Sophomore guard Jomyra Mathis led Louisiana with 13 points, scoring 11 second half points in the process, while junior forward Kendall Bess and freshman guard Brandi Williams each scored 12 points to give Louisiana three double-digit scorers in the game.  Louisiana pressured the Chanticleers all night long, and in the end the Ragin' Cajuns had grabbed a season-high 13 steals, scoring 22 points off of turnovers. 

HOW IT HAPPENED (First Half): Through the first quarter, Louisiana and Coastal traded baskets, with the score tying up or sitting with each side having at least a one-point lead six times during the period.  Bess started hot, scoring Louisiana's first basket and third basket in the game. 

Louisiana took its first and only leads in the game midway through the period, with Williams hitting a basket at the 4:35 mark to make it 9-8 and shortly after that redshirt freshman Kristen Daniels' basket put Louisiana again back in front, with the score sitting at 11-10.  Coastal would answer with a run and push its lead to four points over the final minutes of the quarter, but freshman guard Diamond Morrison would bank a three-point shot off the glass to make it 15-14 in favor of Coastal after the first quarter of action.

During the second quarter, Coastal began to stretch its lead during the second period, twice going ahead by seven points in the quarter.  A two-point basket from Aja Blount, put Coastal Carolina up 23-16 with five minutes to go in the quarter.  Louisiana ripped off a 9-2 run following that Blount basket, tying the game at 25-25 with three minutes to go in the half.

But Coastal responded with a 5-0 run to take back the lead over the final minutes of the half.  Mathis would hit a basket with three seconds left in the period, to pull Louisiana two points closer and at halftime the Chanticleers lead 30-27.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Second Half): Three times during the third quarter, Coastal stretched its lead to seven points, but each time Louisiana responded with a run to keep the Chanticleers within arm's reach.  The last seven-point lead that Louisiana erased in the quarter, started at the 35-second mark with Coastal leading 49-42.

Williams hit a running basket right outside the paint, and with four seconds left sophomore center Ty'Reona Docuet snagged a steal and sent it down the court.  Williams missed a basket, but Bess was Johnny-on-the-spot, cleaning up the rebound and quickly nailing a buzzer beating layup to put the score at 49-46 with Coastal in the lead heading into the final quarter.

Once again, Coastal would stretch its lead back to seven points, with Torrie Cash hitting a basket at the 7:15 mark to put the score at 58-51.  Louisiana then showed its fight, digging deep to begin to work its way back into the game.

Over the next six minutes the Ragin' Cajuns whittled away at the Chanticleer's lead and with 1:06 left in the game Mathis hit a jump shot right outside the paint to tie-up the score at 61-61.  But Coastal responded with a DJ Williams basket with 34 seconds remaining to give Coastal a three-point lead, 64-61, which became the shot that would give Coastal the eventual win.

Down the stretch the Chanticleers would hit their free throws, going 3-for-4 from the stripe over the final 30 seconds, to hold off Louisiana and come away with the 67-62 win.

GAME NOTES: Williams' 12 points is the fifth straight game the freshman has scored at least 10 points in a game ... Bess' 12 points is a career-high ... This was the eighth game of the season that Mathis has scored at least 10 points ... The 13 steals was a season-high for Louisiana and the most steals recorded in a single game since Louisiana had 14 steals against UT Arlington on March 8, 2018.

UP NEXT FOR THE CAJUNS: Louisiana remains on the road, as the Ragin' Cajuns will wrap up the Carolina swing with a visit to Boone, N.C., to take on the Appalachian State Mountaineers on Saturday, Mar. 2 with tip scheduled for 1 p.m. CT.

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.