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Women's Basketball: Louisiana Lose To No. 6 Mississippi State
JACKSON, Miss. – In their final game during the month of November, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball team lost to the No. 6 Mississippi State Bulldogs, 94-37 here at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Miss.
The loss, the Cajuns second in a row, drops their record to 2-5, while the Bulldogs remain undefeated, improving to 7-0 to start the season.
Freshman Skyler Goodwin scored a career high 14 points to lead the Cajuns in that category while sophomore Kimberly Burton added four points of her own while leading the Cajuns with six rebounds.
HOW IT HAPPENED (First Quarter): Louisiana came out and for the first five minutes of the game they held the Bulldogs to 33 percent shooting (4 for 12) but Mississippi State crashed the boards hard and they eventually broke through the Cajuns defense.
They went on a 18-2 run to finish the first quarter, the run started at the 4-minute mark of the quarter and it helped them to pull away from Louisiana halfway through the quarter. When the quarter came to an end it was 30-8 in favor of Mississippi State.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Second Quarter): Powered by another mid quarter run, the Bulldogs padded their lead through the second quarter. The Cajuns did improve in their shooting, going 6 for 14 through the quarter, but a scoring drought from Louisiana that started at the three-minute mark, after senior Nekia Jones hit a jump shot hurt their cause down the stretch. That drought was coupled with a 12-0 run by the Bulldogs which meant that going into the locker room the Cajuns trailed by 33 with the score sitting 56-23 in favor of Mississippi State.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Third Quarter): In a game of runs, Mississippi State added another run in the third piecing together an 8-2 run that started at the 7:43 minute mark of the quarter and lasted until the 5:30 point of the quarter. Louisiana was impressive from the line during the quarter going 6 for 6, as Goodwin drained two free throws midway through the quarter to give her a career high 14 points on the night.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Fourth Quarter): Louisiana's never give in attitude was on full display in the final quarter as they returned the favor, forcing Mississippi State into a scoring drought of their own that lasted from the 5:08 mark of the quarter until a free throw from the Bulldogs ended the drought with the clock sitting at 1:31 in the game. But in the end the Cajuns couldn't get much closer than they were when the quarter began and at the end of the game the Bulldogs came away with the victory as the final score sat at 94-37.
NOTEWORTHY: Goodwin's 14 points, a career high, surpasses the two times in her young career that she's put in 13 points in a game; For the fourth time in five games Burton led the Cajuns in rebounding, this time snagging seven in the game; The Cajuns had a perfect third quarter from the charity stripe going 6 for 6 during the period.
UP NEXT FOR THE CAJUNS: Louisiana returns to the Cajundome on Sunday, Dec. 3 as they take on their I-10 rivals, the McNeese Cowgirls with a 5 p.m. start. That game will be televised on COX Sports, with Tim Grubbs handling the play-by-play duties and John Brady by his side with the color commentary. ESPN 1420 will carry the game on the radio with Steve Peloquin handling the play-by-play duties.
FOLLOWING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS: Follow the Cajuns on twitter @RaginCajunsWBB for updates during the game and links to the recap following the game against McNeese.
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