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Women's Basketball: Cajuns Lose 70-60 To Auburn
LAFAYETTE – Despite a career-high 17 points from sophomore Malachi-Seraphin Williams, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball team ran out of steam down the stretch, losing 70-60 to the Auburn Tigers here at the Cajundome.
The loss drops the Cajuns record to 3-6 while the win improves the Tigers record to 6-3 and it's the first loss for Louisiana in the month of December.
Seraphin-Williams finished a solid 7 for 13 from the field, which gave her a 54 percent shooting percentage and she made most of her points from beyond the arc starting the game 3 for 3 from three-point range.
Senior Kendra Howard finished with 12 points, after only playing 17 minutes and fellow senior Nekia Jones added nine points and four rebounds. Sophomore Kimberly Burton led the Cajuns on the boards with five rebounds and she added five points to the mix.
HOW IT HAPPENED (First Quarter): Auburn came out and jumped on the Cajuns defensively attempting to upset Louisiana as they were pressing hard, but the Cajuns worked the ball well across half court and weren't flustered by the Tigers press.
They were led in the quarter by the hot shooting of Seraphin-Williams who scored the Cajuns first two points of the quarter, on two three point shots, on her way to a perfect 3 for 3 shooting from three-point range.
As the quarter came to an end, both teams traded baskets but a great move over two Tigers' defenders in the paint, with 2 seconds left, from sophomore Brittney Myles gave the Cajuns a three-point lead at the end of the quarter with the score sitting at 19-16 in favor of the Cajuns.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Second Quarter): Auburn came out on a 15-4 run to start the quarter to jump ahead of the Cajuns by a game high eight points, with the score sitting at 29-21 in favor of the Tigers when the clock passed the four-minute mark.
But Louisiana wouldn't let the Tigers just run away with the game, and they turned on the defense and made it hard for Auburn to get anything going offensively. For the final 2:50 of the half the Tigers only made one basket from the field while the Cajuns shot 2 for 3 down the stretch powered by a three-point basket by Jones.
As the half came to an end Howard was fouled taking a three-point shot that put her to the line where she made two of three attempts, and after a layup by Auburn as the clock ticked below five seconds the score sat at 34-30 with the Cajuns down by just four points at the half.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Third Quarter): In the third quarter the Cajuns defense again showed up as after the Tigers scored the first basket of the quarter at the 9:22 mark, they were held scoreless for almost five minutes through the midway portion of the quarter.
During that stretch the Cajuns twice got within one point of the Tigers, with the score sitting at 36-35 at the 5:37 mark, and after a quick Auburn 4-0 run, back-to-back baskets from Seraphin-Williams brought it within one yet again, with the score at 40-39.
But Louisiana wouldn't get that close again for the remainder of not only the quarter but the game as the Tigers finished the quarter on a 6-3 run, to hold a four-point lead heading into the final quarter with the score sitting at 46-42.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Fourth Quarter): Louisiana's Howard came out on fire looking to keep the Cajuns in the game, as she nailed a jumper and a three-point shot to get the Cajuns within two, but that would be the closest they would get and that all happened in the first 1:30 of the quarter.
Auburn opened-up the game with a 9-2 run, starting at 8:27 and they stretched their run to the 5:26 mark of the quarter. It extended their lead to nine points and it was a mountain that Louisiana couldn't climb as from there on any basket from the Cajuns was countered by at least two baskets from the Tigers.
As the game came to an end, Auburn nailed their free throws and finished off the Cajuns as the final score sat 70-60 in favor of the Tigers as they escaped the Cajundome with a win after getting the Cajuns best shot.
NOTEWORTHY: It's fifth time in the last seven games that Burton has led the Cajuns in rebounding; It's Howard's second straight game with at least double digits in scoring; Louisiana came out on fire shooting 68 percent from three-point range in the first quarter; It's the second straight game the Cajuns have outscored their opponent from the bench having outscored the Tigers' bench tonight 21-17.
NEXT UP FOR THE CAJUNS: Louisiana hits the road next week for a match up down the road in Hammond, La., against the Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions on Wednesday, Dec. 13 with tip scheduled for 7 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN 1420, with Steve Peloquin handling the play-by-play duties. As for the streaming of the game, it'll be carried on the Southeastern Channel which is a part of the Southland Digital Network.
FOLLOWING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS: Follow the Cajuns on twitter @RaginCajunsWBB for updates during games and links to recaps, places to listen to and watch the Cajuns before games.
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