Feb 19, 2014 11:57 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - Brooklyn Arceneaux scored a team-high 17 points including going 9-for-10 from the free throw line in the final three minutes to lead the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns past Troy, 62-57, in a Sun Belt Conference women's basketball game on Wednesday at the Cajundome.
Arceneaux scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half for Louisiana (12-13, 5-9 SBC), and was almost perfect from the line in the waning minutes.
"We stuck to our game plan in the first half," head coach Garry Brodhead said. "They (Troy) are the leading scoring team in the conference and we held them to 15 points in the first half. We knew that they were going to make a run at us so we just needed to stay with fundamentals. I liked the way we finished. It's a good win and now we need to move forward."
The Trojans (9-15, 5-8 SBC) came into the game averaging 81.0 points a game, the most in the Sun Belt and 19th in the nation.
Troy opened up the game with a 6-2 lead before the Cajuns went on a 14-3 run to take a 17-6 lead with 10:29 remaining in the half. The Cajuns benefited from 12 early points from Jaylyn Gordon, who opened the game shooting 4-for-4 from behind the 3-point line.
Louisiana would never lose that lead, holding the Trojans to a season-low 15 points in the first half on 4-for-24 (16.7%) shooting from the field. The Cajuns countered that by shooting 13-for-27 (48.1%) from the field, including a career-high four 3-pointers from Gordon in the first 20 minutes.
The Cajuns' lead was a keyed on the fact that they held Troy's Joanna Harden, the conference scoring leader, to one basket and a pair of free throws in the first half, forcing her to shoot 1-for-7 from the floor.
Harden found her stride in the second half, scoring 25 points in the final 20 minutes to finish with a game-high 27 points.
The Trojans used 12 points from Harden and nine from Ronita Garrett in a 23-6 Troy run to cut the Cajuns lead to one, 55-54, with 5:14 remaining in the game.
The Cajuns responded with a 3-pointer from Sylvana Okde followed by a defensive rebound by Adrienne Prejean which led to a layup by Arceneaux to extend their lead to six and start an 11-0 run with 1:32 left in the game, essentially sealing the game for the Cajuns.
Gordon finished the game with 12 points and eight rebounds, all on the defensive side of the ball, and Kia Wilridge added nine points and seven assists to help lead the Cajuns to their second straight win.
"Every game is so important to us," Brodhead said. "Not only do we need an eight seed to get into the conference tournament, but if we get a seven seed it puts us in a much better situation. Everyone is going to be extremely important down the stretch."
The Cajuns will head to Atlanta, Ga., to take on Georgia State on Saturday, before taking a week off and returning to the Cajundome for the final home game of the season on Sunday, March 2 at 5:15 p.m. against South Alabama.