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Women's Basketball: Balanced Attack Leads Louisiana Past Xavier (La.), 62-49
Twelve different players recorded a point in the team’s fifth-straight victory
at North Texas
12/7/2019 | 3:00 PM
LAFAYETTE – A season-high twelve Ragin' Cajuns recorded a bucket behind 10 points from Jomyra Mathis and Alexandria Goodly as Louisiana earned its fifth-straight victory with a 62-49 win over Xavier (La.) on Monday evening.
Louisiana (6-1) continues its best start to a season since the 2015-16 season and improves to 4-0 at the Cajundome this season.
Mathis' 10 points in the game marked a new season-high after she scored eight against Lamar (Nov. 25) in just her second game back from injury, while Goodly set career highs in total points (10), made field goals (4) and made 3-pointers (2).
Andrea Cournoyer, who earned her first start of the season against the Gold Nuggets, and Ty'Reona Doucet each finished the game with eight points, while Skyler Goodwin and Jasmine Thomas tallied six points apiece.
Although Xavier outrebounded Louisiana, 39-36, Kristen Daniels led the team with a career-high seven rebounds, with Goodwin contributing six.
The defense was a bright spot for the Ragin' Cajuns, which forced 20 turnovers and held the Gold Nuggets to just 35 percent shooting (17-for-48) from the field. Diamond Morrison and Goodwin each recorded two of Louisiana's nine steals, while four different Ragin' Cajuns swatted a shot.
Louisiana's offense finally found a rhythm with 2:07 left in the second quarter when Mathis pulled down her own rebound and laid the ball back in to spark a 7-0 run which put the home team ahead, 32-22, with 58 ticks remaining in the opening half.
The Louisiana offense started hot in the third quarter when Burton and Goodwin hit back-to-back layups, extending the Ragin' Cajuns' lead to 36-24 less than two minutes into the second half.
Goodly gave the Ragin' Cajuns its largest lead of the game, 51-34, after draining a triple from the wing with 45 seconds on the clock before two Xavier free throws cut the lead down to 51-36 with 10 minutes left in the game.
The visitors were able to climb back into things in the first portion of the final quarter with two free throws and a layup, cutting Louisiana's lead to 53-40 before a Cournoyer layup snapped a 3:53 scoring drought to extend the lead out to 55-40 with 4:19 remaining in the game.
Despite finishing the final quarter with only 11 points, a season low, Louisiana had built a large enough advantage to hold off a Xavier threat and preserve the 62-49 win.
Louisiana ventures away from home for the third time this season on Saturday, December 7, when the Ragin' Cajuns travel to Denton to square off with North Texas. Tipoff from the Super Pit is slated for 3 p.m. and will be broadcast on CUSA.tv.
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