Women's Basketball: Cajuns lose cat-and-mouse affair
Kevin Foote, The Advertiser, Jan. 30, 2019
It was basically a cruel way to lose.
It was one and half very promising quarters for the UL coach Garry Brodhead.
The other two and a half periods were a cat-and-mouse game that ended with the Ragin’ Cajuns playing the role of Tom in the old cartoon.
Each time it appeared Brodhead’s Cajuns were about to gain the advantage, the UTA Mavs would pull off their best Jerry routine and escape damage.
In the end, the Cajuns suffered a 76-61 Sun Belt setback at the Cajundome to fall to 5-14 overall and 3-5 in league play.
“It was a tough game to see that we had an opportunity and it kind of got away from us,” Brodhead said. “I told them. We’ve got to get focused and get back in practice. We’re only going to have one day to prepare.”
Things were pretty encouraging for the homestanding Cajuns leading 27-21 with 8:45 left in the second quarter, before a 15-3 run to close the first half produced a 36-30 deficit.
But then an eventual 10-point deficit was cut to 42-39 midway through the third after two Skyler Goodwin free throws.
But UTA responded with a 13-4 run, before watching UL reel off a 11-6 stretch to hang around at 61-54 with 6:23 left.
That final push was produced with full-court pressure.
“A team that presses to speed a team up, you’re trying to make it uncontrollable chaos in a way,” said Brodhead, whose club will next host Appalachian State on Thursday. “But when you switch over the offensive side, you want to slow it down and we didn’t make that adjustment. That’s some of the things we’ve been fighting all year: playing too fast on the offensive side.”
Much of the frustrating through the roller coaster ride was turnovers — 20 in all for UL — and then poor shooting — 38.3 percent for the game after hitting 60 percent of its tries in the first quarter.
“We still have to learn to use the backboard and utilize some of the fundamental things we talk about,” Brodhead said.
Remembering this is a young team filled with freshmen and sophomores, there were a few bright spots.
Freshman Brandi Williams made all nine of her free throws.
Sophomore Skyler Goodwin had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
“If the ball is near me and I can grab it, then I will,” Goodwin said. “Rebounding is just a way of getting the ball down the court to my teammates. I didn’t even know I had this many rebounds. That’s good, but we need everybody to rebound. Not just me.”
To that point, only three Cajuns had more than one rebound in getting out-boarded 32-28 as a team.
Freshman Diamond Morrison showed flashes of shooting ability with 10 points.
“For me, I shoot it best when my teammates look for me,” Morrison said. “When my teammates find me, when I’m open, I’m going to shoot. I do have the confidence to shoot the ball. I’m not afraid to shoot it.”