The Cajuns will hit the road for a pair of Sun Belt contests to close out the 2009-10 season.

University of Louisiana Women's BasketballGAME CENTER
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010
Location: Denton, Texas
Opponent: North Texas (4-12, 7-20 Sun Belt)
Site: The Super Pit
Game Time: 7:00 p.m. (CST)
Radio: None
Live Stats:
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  • UL will play North Texas on Wednesday and Denver on Saturday
  • The Cajuns closed out the 2007-08 season against North Texas and Denver, winning both games in Lafayette, La.
  • The Cajuns trail North Texas in the series, 15-14, but defeated the Mean Green earlier this season in Lafayette, 80-78 (1/6).
  • Mercedes Johnson has recorded double-figures in eight of the last 10 games, including a career-high 39 points agaisnt FAU and a double-double in the win over ULM.
  • Johnson, Alexis Green and Jasmine Barnes are scoring nearly 43 percent of UL's points this sesason.
  • In conference matchups, Alexis Green is averaging 15.9 ppg with a 41.0 field goal percentage.
  • The Cajuns are averaging 59.1 ppg in Sun Belt play and 61.5 ppg overall.

Mercedes - Unlike Any Other

In 28 games played, Mercedes Johnson has reached double-digit scoring 20 times, including five 20-point performances and four double-doubles.

Against Lamar in the World Vision Classic, Johnson had a career night, scoring 22 points with 14 rebounds on 8-for-14 shooting.

At WKU, Johnson tied her career point performance with 22 points and set a new best of 16 rebounds.

Most recently against FAU, Johnson became the first Cajun since the 1989-90 season to score atleast 39 points.

She also tied her career-high of 16 rebounds in the game.

 

Player of the Week Honors 

After averaging 25.0 ppg and 11.0 rpg last week, Mercedes Johnson earned her first career player of the week honor.

After her 39-point performance against FAU, she put up double-digits again at South Alabama (11). 

 

Luxury Duo

Mercedes Johnson and Alexis Green rank among the top of the Sun Belt averging 14.3 and 13.7 ppg, respectively, in all games played.

Johnson is ranked 7th in the league while Green is 13th.

In league games, Green is ranked fourth (15.9) and Johnson sits in eighth place (15.3) 

 

Second Half Team 

The Cajuns have proven that they are a different team in the second half.

Their field goal percentage improves in the second frame from .363 to .395.

From beyond the arc, UL is shooting .271 compared to .219 in the first frame.

 

Barn Burner 

Junior Jasmine Barnes has continued to improve during the 2009-10 season.

Against FIU, Barnes was 8-for-8 with a game-high 16 points for the Cajuns.

Against Houston Baptist, the junior guard recorded her first career double-double, scoring 20 points with 11 rebounds.

Barnes has contributed double-digit performance in seven of the Cajuns' nine wins.

 

For Whom the Bell Tolls 

Lyndra Bell had a career night in the win over North Texas.

The junior forward scored 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including a 4-for-4 performance from the charity stripe.

It was the second time this season Bell has set a new career high in a game. 

 

Win = Points 

In seven of the Cajuns' nine wins, atleast three players players have reached double figures.

In the win over McNeese, Mercedes Johnson (20), Amy Richard (12) and Jasmine Barnes (11) posted double-digits.

Against Houston Baptist, Barnes (20), Johnson (11), Nicole Morris (11) and Alexis Green (23) reached double figures.

Against Centenary, Barnes, Johnson, Josie West and Green all had 11 points.

In the league win over the Mean Green, Lyndra Bell and Barnes chipped in 18 points, Morris had 12 and Mercedes Johnson had 15 points.

In the victory of UNO, Barnes led the way with 14, while Green and Johnson had 12 and 11, respectively.

All three hit double figures in the win over ULM with Green scoring a game-high 18. 

 

Going Green 

Alexis Green scored a season-high 26 points against Denver.

It was the fifth time she has scored more than 20 points this season. This season she has reached double figures 17 times, notching three double-doubles.

In conference play, Green is averaging 15.9 ppg.

 

Last Time Out... vs. ULM (Feb.20 )  

Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns lost a 17-point second half lead, but regained their composure to take a 69-67 overtime victory over La.-Monroe on Saturday afternoon at historic Earl K. Long Gym.

The game could have ended numerous times had it not been for the Cajuns inability to make free throws. UL was 16-of-31 (51.6%) from the free throw line, while ULM was 19-of-22 (86.4%) from the stripe.

Both teams combined to shoot 5-of-29 from three-point range.

The Cajuns took a quick lead four second into overtime on one free throw by Jasmine Barnes. Barnes added to the UL edge with another free throw 1:38 later, but ULM tied the game 21 seconds after that.

A short jumper in the paint by Mercedes Johnson and two from the stripe by Alexis Green gave UL a 65-61 lead with 1:28 left in overtime.

Leading by one, 66-65, Johnson buried two from the line with 27.3 showing in OT, but Nicole Morris missed both free throws with 14.3 remaining.

Elizabeth Torres had a chance at a three-point play to tie the contest with 8.6 seconds left, but she missed the free throw. Morris grabbed the rebound and could have iced the game, but she missed both free throws with 4.9 seconds remaining. After her second miss, Morris was able to secure a jump ball. The possession arrow favored the Cajuns and Barnes added a free throw with 2.3 seconds to go. Barnes then missed the second free throw, but ULM never had a chance to get another shot off.

Green led the Cajuns with 18 points. Johnson had 17 points and 10 rebounds, marking her fifth career double-double. Barnes completed the trio of Cajuns in double figures, also finishing with 17 points.

ULM was led by Priscilla Mbiandja, who scored 19 points. Torres added 18 points and Sannisha Williams finished with 10 points and 17 rebounds.

Leading by three points six minutes into the second half, the Cajuns used a 16-2 run to take their biggest lead of the game, 56-39, with 7:06 remaining.

Amy Richard started the run with baskets on consecutive possessions. Barnes followed with buckets on consecutive possessions. Johnson scored and Michelle Brunker tallied four points before Richard finished the burst with another basket. The Cajuns' defense held ULM scoreless for a 5:43 span and without a field goal for 7:29.

The Warhawks used an effective full-court press and immediately countered with 16 unanswered points. The Cajuns scoring draught lasted 6:41, and when it ended, Barnes stood at the free throw line with 24.7 seconds remaining and UL clinging to a one-point lead.

Barnes hit both from the charity stripe, but Mbiandja quickly scored for the Warhawks. Green made only one free throw with 15.6 seconds left and ULM tied the game at 59-59 on a lay-up by Torres with three seconds remaining.