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Ms. Whitney Dunlap

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Women’s Basketball: Dunlap’s Triple Propels Cajuns to Win

Whitney Dunlap hit the game-winning basket with 5.2 seconds remaining
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02/21/2008 courtesy RaginCajuns.com

Louisiana�s Ragin� Cajuns lost a lead, but came back in dramatic fashion to earn a 58-56 victory at New Orleans on Thursday evening.
Louisiana (6-20, 2-13) used a three-point basket from Whitney Dunlap with 5.2 seconds remaining to win the game. Dunlap, who did not hit a field goal in the meeting between the two teams earlier this season, scored a career-high 23 points – including six triples – to lead the Cajuns.
The Cajuns have now won 10 straight vs. UNO. The last UNO victory came back on Feb. 9, 2003.
New Orleans (12-14, 6-9) grabbed the lead with 4:52 remaining and held it until Dunlap�s final shot.
The Cajuns led for all but 30 seconds of the first half, and held a seven-point edge with nine minutes to play, but couldn�t muster the offense to keep their lead.
Leading by seven, the Cajuns made only two free throws over the next seven minutes. Amazingly, the Cajuns trailed by only four points with 2:30 remaining.
Alicia McDaniel scored the Cajuns first field goal in a span of 7:42 to pull the Cajuns within two points. After a Talisha Young basket, Dunlap converted a three-point play to make it a one-point game, 56-55, with 1:20 left in the game.
Courtney Ratliff missed two free throws with 38.1 seconds remaining, but her offensive rebound gave the Cajuns another chance. UL committed a turnover with 17.8 second remaining and was forced to foul.
Brittany Helm missed the front end of a 1-and-1 to give the Cajuns possession.
Following a timeout with 7.6 seconds remaining, Dunlap came off a double screen and buried the game-winning triple.
McDaniel added 14 points and Sonora Edwards had 11 points and a team-best six rebounds. Edwards now sits 15 points shy of 1,000 for her career.
Le�Della English led a trio of Privateers in double figures with 15 points. Young added 13 points and Helm scored 11 points.
UNO made its first five shots of the second half, but the Cajuns countered with four of their first five to keep a four-point lead.
After the hosts closed within two points, the Cajuns used five unanswered to take a seven-point edge.
The Privateers tied the game thanks to offensive rebounds leading to second and sometimes third shots. With eight minutes to play, UNO had 34 total rebounds, including 17 offensive boards, while the Cajuns had only 18 total rebounds.
Ratliff gave the Cajuns back the lead with one free throw at the five minute mark, but Helm scored eight seconds later to give UNO their first lead since the 18:36 mark of the first half.
UNO dominated the rebounds, 42-26, but the Cajuns committed a season-low 10 turnovers.
Just as they did in the first meeting, the Cajuns jumped on the Privateers early. UL outscored UNO 19-7 in the first 9:05 of the game.
All five Cajuns starters had at least one basket in the first seven minutes, with McDaniel providing seven of UL�s first 19 points.
UNO started the game 4-for-20 from the floor.
The Privateers bounced back with a 7-0 run to cut their deficit to five points.
Edwards converted a turnaround jumper � her third basket of the first half � to stop the host�s run.
Dunlap�s second triple pushed the Cajuns� lead to eight points, 26-18, with 4:07 remaining in the opening half.

Dunlap hit two more triples in the final minutes, but UNO outscored the Cajuns 9-6 to end the half down five points.

The Cajuns return home to face UALR on Sunday afternoon at Earl K. Long Gym. Tip is slated for 2pm.

Posted Feb. 21, 2008 Courtesy RaginCajuns.com

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Women’s Basketball: Dunlap fills in perfectly in Cajuns win

Originally published Feb. 16, 2007

Sophomore subs for Colbert, hits every field goal in comeback

Dan McDonald
dmcdonald@theadvertiser.com

UL’s women’s basketball team needed a big performance from Whitney Dunlap Wednesday night, and all Dunlap did was respond with the best game of her life.
The sophomore, filling in at the point for the suspended Jeanenne Colbert, gunned in 22 points and didn’t miss a shot all night, leading the Ragin’ Cajuns to a comeback 58-43 victory over UL Monroe in their Sun Belt Conference contest at Long Gym.

Dunlap had 14 of her points in the second half as the Cajuns (20-7, 11-4 Sun Belt) rallied from a 25-24 halftime deficit. She finished the night 6-for-6 from the field and 3-for-3 outside the three-point arc after entering the game averaging 4.1 points per game as a backup to Colbert, who was suspended for a violation of university policy Wednesday.

“It felt amazing,” said Dunlap, who hadn’t touched the court in UL’s 77-61 loss at Arkansas State last Wednesday. “The main thing was taking smart shots. We were getting a lot of good looks.”
“She played smart,” said ULM coach Mona Martin. “We talked about not letting her shoot the three, and she goes out there and hits the first shot of the game and then just took off.”

Dunlap’s 3-pointers in the first 15 seconds was her only basket of the first half, but she had three baskets including two 3-pointers in a 23-6 UL run in the first 13 minutes of the second half.

“She bailed us out,” said Cajun coach J. Kelley Hall, whose squad set a school record for conference wins and reached 20 wins for only the third time in school history. “She was perfect just about everywhere on the court.”

Perfect could not be used to describe the Warhawks (14-12, 4-11 Sun Belt) in the second half.

ULM was 1-for-18 from the field in the first 11:30 of the first half, that shot coming on a spin move from Nedra Winston with 17:26 left just before she picked up her fourth foul.

“We just shot it very poorly,” Martin said. “We got a couple of steals and couldn’t finish layups. We had chances and didn’t finish.”

Overall, the Warhawks were 5-30 in the second half and shot 29.3 percent for the game, and Winston’s 10 points gave ULM its only twin-digit scorer. Leading scorer LaJeanna Howard was held to give points on 2-of-12 shooting.

“We didn’t know if we could hold them down that much,” Hall said, “but this week we went back and re-committed to defense. We got back to straight-up defense, where we’ve had a lot of success.”

The 43 points allowed was the lowest total since an 86-23 crushing of Bethune-Cookman back on Nov. 24 in the South Carolina Tournament.

UL leading scorer Yolanda Jones was held to nine points on 4-of-14 shooting, but controlled 13 defensive rebounds and had six steals as part of ULM’s 21 turnovers. Sonora Edwards had 11 points and all five UL starters had at least seven points.

“They capitalized a lot on our turnovers,” Martin said. “But when we don’t shoot the ball well, we don’t compensate.”

ULM led by three points three different times in the final five minutes of the first half, but Alicia McDaniel’s inside basket 10 seconds into the second half gave UL the lead for good at 26-25. After Winston’s basket, ULM went nine minutes without a field goal and the Cajuns went on a 13-1 run.

Originally published Feb. 15, 2007

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Dunlap finds her game

January 26, 2006 – UL freshman got into scoring rhythm Monday against UNO

Bruce Brown
bbrown@theadvertiser.com

That aura around Whitney Dunlap on Monday night was the light bulb clicking on.
Dunlap came to the University of Louisiana with lofty credentials as a deadeye shooter from Bishop Sullivan High (now St. Michael) in Baton Rouge, but the 5-foot-8 guard has battled the learning curve in her first season with the Ragin’ Cajuns.

So when she scored 10 points in UL’s 70-46 thrashing of the New Orleans Privateers, hitting 4-of-9 shots including a pair of 3-pointers, it was a breath of fresh air.

“At the beginning of the season,” Dunlap said, “my confidence was not good. My shot wasn’t falling. With that game Monday, I think I showed that I can contribute.”
“I said last week that I hadn’t given up on Whitney,” coach J. Kelley Hall said. “I know she can help us. With shooters, you just have to let them keep shooting. She can be a real weapon off the bench.

“I was glad to see that on Monday. That’s the kind of kid I thought I would get when we recruited her. I hopes it gets her confidence going.”

But there’s more to the game than shooting, especially playing for the defensive-minded Hall. The last thing the Cajuns say in breaking each huddle, in fact, is “defense.”

“I had to pick up the defense we run,” Dunlap said. “There was a lot to learn. You have to learn where to be on the floor.

“In high school, it was a totally different ball game. I was usually on, not the best player on the other team, but on one of the better players. I just tried not to let them score. But here it’s a totally different game.”

Hall’s Cajuns work hard in practice, on defense and everything else, but Dunlap felt prepared to endure the work while learning how UL does things.

“My high school coach had us hit the weights a bunch,” Dunlap said, “so I came into it with experience. That part wasn’t as much of a transition for me.”

School, however, has been another area of transition. The Cajuns flew to Miami last Friday for a Saturday game at Florida International, then bused to New Orleans on Sunday for the UNO game and it was nearly midnight on Monday before the squad got back to Lafayette.

The Cajuns had one day of class on Tuesday, then hit the road again on Wednesday for today’s game at Middle Tennessee. They host Western Kentucky on Saturday, but the Lady Toppers will be in Lafayette before UL will after playing at UNO on Thursday.

“It’s rough to keep up with school,” Dunlap said. “Some of my classes, I’ve only been to once. One, not at all. That’s been one of the biggest adjustments. People were telling me about it, but it was a big transition.”

“Our kids are tired, mentally and physically, and tired of missing class,” Hall said. “Some of them have a night class that only meets one night a week, and haven’t been allowed to go yet because of our schedule.”

Dunlap got some action in the loss at FIU along with Katie Boudreaux, Sherita Anderson, Amber Williams and Jeanenne Colbert, and the same group saw extensive time at UNO. It’s vital that they play well to provide a break for the UL starters.

That’s especially true with UL midway through a stretch that includes seven road games in eight dates.

“If we’re going to be better in March, we need those kids to get playing time against good teams,” Hall said.

“We do go very hard in practice,” Dunlap said. “And, coming off the bench, we work with each other. If we can play well, it helps with the confidence of the team.”

If Dunlap keeps improving her defense, and can regain her shooting eye, the Cajuns will be stronger and more confident down the stretch.

Originally published January 26, 2006