The University of Louisiana women's basketball team jumped out to a 24-point lead in the first half and never looked back, defeating the Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions, 67-57, Sunday afternoon at Earl K. Long Gym.

The Ragin' Cajuns (4-4) led by 18 going into half time and never trailed the Lady Lions (5-2) to give SLU their second consecutive loss.

UL made 26 field goals, shooting 46 percent (26-of-56) in the contest. The Cajuns forced a season-best 30 turnovers as SLU was held to just 37 percent (23-of-63) from the floor. UL also notched 11 steals and dished out 10 assists, despite being out-rebounded by the Lady Lions, 57-to-21.

Senior Lyndra Bell tied a career-high with 18 points. The Lafayette native shot 67 percent from the floor, making 8-of-12 attempts. She added a three pointer and reeled in seven rebounds against SLU. Bell also tied a career-best with three steals on the afternoon.

Jasmine Barnes, a senior guard from Baton Rouge, reached double figures for the fifth time this season, making four shots from the floor along with two free throws. The senior reeled in two boards, two assists and two steals.

Guard Danielle Smith posted 10 points, hitting 5-of-7 from the floor. Smith had two boards, two assists and one steal.

Rashima Jenkins led the way for the Lady Lions with 13 points and eight boards.

Louisiana shot 57 percent, 16-of-28 from the floor, in the first half as the Cajuns took an 18-point lead into the locker room. Bell led UL with nine points and four boards. Smith followed with six points.

Barnes hit a pair of free throws to give UL the initial 2-0 lead with 18:32 left in the first half. Nicole Morris followed with two free throws to give UL a four point lead.

A 15-foot jumper by Bell gave UL a 6-0 advantage at 16:37. Danyell Oliver followed with back-to-back baskets to make it a 10-0 contest. Oliver finished the game with six points and a steal.

Southeastern Louisiana broke the scoring trend with a basket by Latoria Holder at 15:23. SLU added another basket to cut UL's lead to six.

Bell hit a triple at 14:23 to give UL the 13-4 lead. A fast break layup by Johnson gave UL a 15-4 lead with 13:57 left. Another inside pass to Bell gave her the opportunity to lay it in, giving the Cajuns an 11 point advantage at the 12:39 mark.

A rebound and fast break by Smith extended Louisiana's lead to 19-6 with 11:22 left in the half. Bell drained another jumper as UL broke out to a 21-6 advantage with 10:20 left.

Louisiana completed a 17-to-10 run to make it a 38-16 lead for the Cajuns with 4:53 left in the half. Krystal Motley banked a jumper at 4:27 to give UL a 24-point advantage -- the largest of the game. Motley and Josie West each had four points for the Ragin' Cajuns.

SLU closed out the half making an 8-to-4 run to close their gap to 18 at the half.

In the second half, Southeastern Louisiana started on a 6-to-2 run to cut UL's lead to 14. Barnes hit a fade away to put the Cajuns back up by 16.

Barnes stole the ball and drove down the lane to give the Cajuns a 51-33 lead with 13:11 left. Bell again added another two-pointer with a great assist under the basket from Smith, as UL went up again by 18.

SLU continued to attack, but Louisiana answered. A basket by Smith at 10:43 gave UL the 55-37 lead.

D'Mya Clay's two made free throws at 10:11 re-extended the Cajuns lead to 20. Smith laid in a fast break opportunity to give UL the largest lead of the half, 59-37, at 9:46. Clay finished the game with five points.

Southeastern Louisiana then went on an 11-2 run to pull within 12 at 5:25.

Bell snapped UL's scoring skid with a layup at 4:53 to help Louisiana take a 63-49 lead. Barnes' followed with a basket, allowing UL to up the lead to 16. However, SLU hit a trey at 3:51 to make a 65-52 contest.

The Lady Lions' Jessica Sommers made a layup to pull within 11 at 3:31. Sommers utilized a steal and helped SLU cut their deficit to single digits, 65-56 with less than a minute remaining.

Bell tied her career-high with a fade away at the 40 second mark as Louisiana regained an 11 point lead. SLU hit one of their free throws, but it wasn't enough as the Cajuns collected their fourth victory of the season.

Louisiana will take off a week of action due to final exams. The Ragin' Cajuns return with back-to-back games on Sunday, Dec. 12 and Monday Dec. 13. UL will travel to Centenary on Sunday for a 2 p.m. tip-off and will host Bethune-Cookman on Monday in a 7 p.m. contest


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