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Women's Basketball: Louisiana Drops Third Straight At Troy

TROY, Ala. – Struggling from the field through the night, and not hitting a shot from beyond the arc, cost the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball team their third straight game as they lost to the Troy Trojans, 72-53, at Trojan Arena on Thursday night.
The loss drops the Cajuns record below .500, with it now sitting at 13-14 (8-7 SBC) and barring a positive turn of events more than likely cost the Cajuns a chance at a top four finish in the Sun Belt Conference.  As for the Trojans, they've improved their record to 15-11 (10-5 SBC) and they complete the season sweep of the Cajuns.
Freshman Jomyra Mathis finished with a team high 12 points, while sophomore Jasmine Thomas, going 6 for 9 from the line, added 10 points.  Freshman Ty'Reonne Doucet filled up the stat sheet finishing with nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks and sophomore Kimberly Burton tied Doucet with eight rebounds to tie the game high for the Cajuns.

HOW IT HAPPENED (First Quarter): Troy came out and started the game on a 11-1 run, with Thomas' free throw at 9:16 being the first and only points for the Cajuns as they started the game 0 for 6 from the field.  But Doucet and senior Simone Fields ended that with back-to-back baskets started with Fields fighting for a layup and Doucet getting a fast break basket.
At the 4:30 mark, and the score sitting at 11-6 in favor of Troy, the Trojans skidded into a 1 for 7 stretch, and the Cajuns attempted to crawl back into the game, but they couldn't take advantage of the stretch and senior Troi Swain's two baskets spread out over the final three minutes of the quarter would be the last two points scored by the Cajuns.  And the score sat at 18-9 with Troy ahead heading into the second period.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Second Quarter): Troy came out and put their 1 for 7 skid behind them jumping out to a 6-0 run as the Cajuns continued to struggle shooting.  Troy shot 43 percent from beyond the arc during the period and they began a run that started as an 8-0 run which eventually would be extended to a 13-2 run that they finished the half with. 

Through the period the Cajuns shot only 25 percent, going 0 for 6 down the stretch, and they failed to get a basket during the final 4:22 to put them in a 21-point hole entering the locker room with the score sitting at 37-16 in favor of Troy.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Third Quarter): Louisiana came out and had back-to-back baskets from Burton and sophomore Malachi-Seraphin Williams and it got the Cajuns going through the first four minutes of the period.  During that stretch Troy hit a 0 for 8 skid that allowed the Cajuns to cut into the lead and they pulled things within 12 points. 
A pair of free throws from Fields kept the Cajuns within 12 points when the clock hit 4:44, and the score sat at 45-32 in favor of Troy.  But that would be the closest the Cajuns would get for the remainder of the game, as Troy went off on an 8-0 run to push the lead back to 20 points.  A buzzer beating basket from Troy put the score at 58-40, with the Trojans taking an 18-point lead into the final period.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Fourth Quarter): Both teams struggled to score during the quarter, but Troy found enough offense to keep their lead hovering around 20 points.  Periodically through the period the Cajuns cut the lead under 20 points, only to watch it swing back over that 20-point threshold. 

Louisiana ran into a shooting wall down the stretch, only getting baskets from the free throw line, and the Cajuns couldn't make any late runs on the Trojans, finishing 1 for 12 down the stretch.  As the clock ticked past zero, the Cajuns sat behind the Trojans by 19 points, with the final score coming in at 72-53 as the Cajuns lost their third straight game.

NOTEWORTHY: Mathis' 12 points and six made field goals is a career high; Doucet's three blocks ties a career high and she's the only Cajuns player to have at least three blocks in a game this season having done it against this same Troy team on Jan. 27.

UP NEXT FOR THE CAJUNS: Louisiana finishes their final road trip of the 2017-18 season when they visit Mobile, Ala., on Saturday, Feb. 24, to wrap up the weekend against the South Alabama Jaguars.

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