UL's Women's Basketball team will be playing their 1,000th Game Jan. 8 at Savannah State.

University of Louisiana Women's BasketballGAME CENTER
Date: Saturday, Jan. 8, 2010
Location: Savannah, Ga.
Opponent: Savannah State (8-11)
Site: Tiger Arena
Game Time: 2 p.m. (CST)

Game Day Story Lines

  • The Cajuns will hit the road for their final non-conference game of the season this weekend. UL will be squaring off against Savannah State on Saturday at 1:00 pm CT.
  • The game will mark the 1,000th time the Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball program has played on the court. The program's all time record is 356-643 (.356)
  • UL holds the all-time advantage over the Tigers at 5-2. Last season the Cajuns defeated SSU, 69-42, in Lafayette. The win was the third and final win for the Cajuns.
  • UL is 4-7 against non-conference opponents this year. On the road, out of league play, the Cajuns are 1-2.
  • The Cajuns are averaging 65.7 ppg and 37.5 rpg outside of Sun Belt play. Non-conference opponents are averaging 71.5 ppg and 42.7 rpg.

 

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.

It had been 21-straight conference games, dating back to the end of the 2007-08 season, since the Ragin' Cajuns had last won a Sun Belt game before the win over North Texas on Wednesday.

The previous league victory was a 66-44 win against Denver on Mar. 1, 2008. It was the final regular-season game that year.

Last season the Cajuns failed to capture a victory in the league (0-18). 

In three of the Cajuns' five wins, four players have reached double figures.

Against Houston Baptist, Jasmine Barnes (20), Mercedes Johnson (11), Nicole Morris (11) and Alexis Green (23) reached double-digits.

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. 


Barn Burner


Junior Jasmine Barnes has continued to improve during the 2009-10 season after averaging 8.2 points per game during her sophomore season.

This season she leads the Cajuns, averaging 32.3 minutes per game. In six of the last 10 contests, Barnes has reached double-figures while averaging 4.7 rebounds.

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 four of the Cajuns five wins.
 

Mercedes Johnson began her sophomore season right where she left off her impressive freshman year.

In 15 games played Johnson has reached double-digit scoring 12 times, including three 20-point performances and two double-doubles.

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

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

Alexis Green had started her first 34 games in the Cajuns' starting lineup. But after struggling to find her shooting stroke in the first five contests, Green has improved her play coming off the bench for UL.

Prior to sitting out at WKU, she had reached double figures in four consecutive games, averaging 13.1 points since coming off the bench.

She had been averaging 11.8 points in 31.0 minutes per game, but her field goal percentage has improved (36.5 percent) as well as her assist to turnover ratio in just 25.4 minutes per game.

She also posted back-to-back 20-point performances, scoring 24 against North Carolina A&T and 23 against Houston Baptist.

Her most recent double-double performance came in the final game of the World Vision Classic against Idaho. In the loss, Green put up 18 points with 10 rebounds.
 


Last Time Out...North Texas (Jan. 6)


The game opened with Cajuns taking the lead on a 7-3 run. The Mean Green would eventually tie the game up a 7-7 with 15:31 remaining. The lead would change six times and be tied six more times before UL took a 27-26 lead at the 7:09 mark. But the Mean Green would eventually take a 39-33 lead into the half.

Both teams struggled to maintain ball control, combining for 28 turnovers in the first half. The Cajuns had a 15 of their own and North Texas was able to take advantage scoring 13 points in transition.

North Texas was able to build up a 10-point lead, 47-37, to start the second half. But UL was able to come storming back to narrow the gap to trail by just two points, 50-52 with 12:00 remaining and would grab a 61-60 lead, stretching it to nine points, 71-62, with 4:23 left.

North Texas would rattle off a 12-4 run to pull within one point before a three-point basket by Nicole Morris would give the Cajuns a 76-72 edge with 1:26 left on the clock.

The Mean Green would convert a three-point play to pull with one point before Alexis Green hit a jumper to give the Cajuns a small cushion at 78-75 with less than a minute remaining.

North Texas would hit two-of-three free throws to bring the score back to one point, 77-78. But UL answered with its own pair of chip shots by Nicole Morris to regain a three-point margin at 80-77 with 0:15 remaining.

The Mean Green would be forced to foul after hitting one of two free throws with :02 left in the contest. The Cajuns would miss both shots but North Texas was unable to make a half court shot, sealing the Cajuns first league win since 2008.

The Cajuns shooting improved in the second half hitting 58.1 percent (18-31). The also just turned the ball over nine times in the second frame compared to the 15 they committed to open the game. North Texas won the battle of the boards, 34-33

A Needed Break

Mercedes - Unlike Any Other

Win = Points For Everyone

Snapping the Streak

For Whom the Bell Tolls


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