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Women's Basketball: Doucet's Double-Double Pushes Cajuns Past Alcorn State
LAFAYETTE – In their final tune-up before Sun Belt Conference play, freshman Ty'Reonne Doucet's double-double helped keep the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball team ahead of the Alcorn State Lady Braves from start to finish as the Cajuns won by double-digits, 67-47 in the Fourth-Annual Education Game here at the Cajundome.
The win improves the Cajuns record to 5-7, and it's their third win in the month of December. While the loss drops the Lady Braves record to 4-6 and it's their third straight loss. It's the biggest margin of victory for the Cajuns this season, with it being the first 20 winning margin for the Cajuns since beating South Alabama on Feb. 9, 2017.
Doucet had five of her 11 rebounds in the first quarter alone as she finished with her first career double-double. Freshman Skyler Goodwin added 12 points on 3 for 6 shooting, (6-6 from the free throw line) and sophomore Kimberly Burton added 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED (First Quarter): As the game began, Louisiana came out on fire and within the first six minutes, thanks to a 5-0 run, they had a 5-2 lead over the Lady Braves. The run was powered by a short jumper from Malachi-Seraphin Williams and a nice 20-foot jump shot from Burton.
A three-point basket from Alcorn State's Alexus Freeman pulled the Lady Braves within four points with the score sitting at 9-5 in favor of Louisiana. But the Cajuns turned it on from there, and they began a 10-2 run to jump ahead by double digits.
Senior Troi Swain and sophomore Jasmine Thomas nailed three pointers down the quarter's stretch and the Cajuns drew two charges to give the Cajuns a 12-point advantage at the end of the quarter with the score sitting at 19-7 in favor of Louisiana.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Second Quarter): The second quarter started with both teams not scoring for the first four minutes of the period. That was ended by a free throw from Alcorn State's Freeman. But back-to-back baskets from Burton got the Cajuns rolling in the quarter and at the five-minute mark of the quarter the Cajuns led 23-8.
From that point in the period both teams got going, but any basket from the Lady Braves was answered by the Cajuns as they kept their double-digit lead throughout the quarter. Never letting it drop below 12 points, a mark that took a three-point basket from Alcorn State's De'Asia Brown at the 48 second point of the period for the Lady Braves to reach.
When the half came to an end, the Cajuns took their double-digit lead into the locker room and the score sat at 32-20 in favor of the Cajuns.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Third Quarter): Senior Simone Fields got Louisiana rolling in the period as she scored the first two baskets for the Cajuns, both on layups in the paint, and it pushed the Cajuns lead to 14 points.
Alcorn State began to chip away at the Cajuns lead, but the Lady Braves could never get it closer then 11 points which they did at the 3:30 mark of the quarter. But Doucet took over from there, of the 12 points the Cajuns scored over the final three minutes of the quarter, Doucet scored half of them.
Doucet nailed two free throws, followed by a layup shortly thereafter and she added another layup with 22 seconds left in the quarter. As the whistle blew on the third period, the Cajuns held a comfortable 19-point lead over the Lady Braves with the score sitting at 54-35.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Fourth Quarter): Another scoreless stretch began the final quarter, with both teams keeping each other off the board for the first two minutes of the period. But two free-throws from sophomore Brittney Myles snapped that streak and it kick started a 6-3 run for the Cajuns over a two-minute stretch, a run that was powered by two baskets from Goodwin as the Cajuns extended their lead to game high 22 points.
Alcorn State kept trying to get the lead below 20 points, but Louisiana would have none of it, as any attempt at that feat was answered by a Cajuns basket. And even though a free-throw from Alcorn State did pull them within 19 points, a layup from freshman Jomyra Mathis meant that the Cajuns would finish with the 20-point lead.
And when the game came to an end, Louisiana sat on top of the Lady Braves 67-47, for their biggest winning margin of the season and their third win in the month of December.
NOTEWORTHY: Doucet's double-double is the second double-double of the season by a Cajuns player, the first being Burton's 10 points and 10 rebounds on Nov. 22 against Dillard; It's the second game in a row that Doucet has scored in double-digits, and the second game in the past three that she's had at least 10 rebounds.
The Cajuns shot 81 percent (17-21) from the free-throw line which is the best percentage the Cajuns have had from the line, with a minimum of 20 attempts, since shooting 84 percent (21-24) against Little Rock on Jan. 28, 2017. Louisiana scored 38 points from the paint and that's the second straight game the Cajuns have had at least 30 points in the paint.
UP NEXT FOR THE CAJUNS: Louisiana will return to the court in nine days when they kick off Sun Belt Conference play when they make the Arkansas swing starting with the Little Rock Trojans in Little Rock, Ark. on Friday, Dec. 29.
The Cajuns will then turn around and finish the weekend off with a trip to Jonesboro, Ark. to take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves on Sunday, Dec. 31. Louisiana will then return to the Cajundome the following weekend for a three-game conference swing when they host Appalachian State (Jan. 4), Coastal Carolina (Jan. 6) and ULM on Jan. 13, 2018.
FOLLOWING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS: Follow the Ragin' Cajuns on twitter @RaginCajunsWBB for updates on the team during the holidays along with links to stories leading up to conference play.
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