The Cajuns will look to rebound from a 38-88 loss at UALR as UNO comes to Earl K. Long Gym on Wednesday. UL trails in the all-time series 25-46, but have defeated the Lady Privateers in 10 of the last 12 meetings.

University of Louisiana Women's Basketballbullet Game Notes

GAME CENTER
Date
: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010
Location: Lafayette, La.
Opponent: New Orleans (7-11, 1-6 Sun Belt)
Site: Earl K. Long Gym (1,121)
Game Time: 7 p.m. (CST)
Radio: KPEL 1420AM ESPN Radio - Play-by-play: Steve Peloquin
Live Stats: www.RaginCajuns.com

Game Day Story Lines

  • The Cajuns will look to rebound from a 38-88 loss at UALR as UNO comes to Earl K. Long Gym on Wednesday.
  • UL trails in the all-time series 25-46, but have defeated the Lady Privateers in 10 of the last 12 meetings.
  • Last season, UL was swept in the season series by UNO, falling 46-56 in New Orleans (1/5/09) and 62-74 in Lafayette (2/22/09).
  • Louisiana's six wins this season doubles its win total from last season (3).
  • Mercedes Johnson has scored in double digits in nine times in the past 11 games.
  • UL is averaging 62.6 points per game this season. In league play, the Cajuns are averaging 58.3 points per contest.
  • UNO is averaging 54.8 ppg on the year and 53.1 ppg in Sun Belt contests. Brittany Helm is posting 12.3 ppg and Candice McGee averages 7.1 rpg.

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.

Snapping the Streak

            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).

Win = Points

            In three of the Cajuns' six 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 32.1 minutes per game.  In seven of the last 13 contests, Barnes has reached double-figures while averaging 5.3 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 five of the Cajuns' six wins.

Mercedes - Unlike Any Other

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

            In 18 games played, Johnson has reached double-digit scoring 13 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.

Going Green

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

            It was the third time she has scored more than 20 points this season and the ninth time she has reached double figures.

            In the loss to Idaho at the World Vision Classic (11/29) she recorded the third double-double of her career with 18 points, 10 rebounds.

Last Time Out... at UALR (Jan. 16)

            Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball team struggled to find its shooting stroke on Saturday at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock, Ark., falling to UALR 88-38.

            The Cajuns shot a meager 24.5 percent (13-53) from the floor, while UALR was able to hit 63.5 percent on the afternoon (40-63).

            UL is now 6-12 on the year and fall to 1-5 in the Sun Belt. The Trojans improved to 13-5 overall and 6-1 in the league.

            The Cajuns and the Trojans would trade points in the opening minutes until UL was able to grab a 10-8 lead after a steal and a lay-up by Alexis Green at the 15:45 mark.

            But UALR would put together a 24-3 run to grab the lead for good at 30-13 with 7:28 remaining in the first half.

            The Cajuns struggled to shoot the ball well in the first frame, hitting just 22.2 percent (6-27), and found themselves trailing 54-13 at the half.

            UL failed to hit a field goal in the final 10 minutes of the first half.

            The Trojans could not miss in the first half, hitting 24-of-30 from the floor (80.0 percent).

            In the second half, UL's shooting improved slightly to 26.9 percent (7-26) but UALR continued to knock down 48.5 percent of their attempts (16-33).

            Mercedes Johnson led the Cajuns with nine points.

            Six players from UALR reached double figures in the scoring column with Shanika Butler recording a triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists.


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