Opening sprint puts UL women’s hoops on fast track to exhibition victory

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LAFAYETTE –The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns women’s basketball went 16 unanswered points after the first tip and earned a 77-33 win over Spring Hill College on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Cajundome.

Lanay Wheaton sparked the fast start with four field goals in just over four minutes of play, his field goal at 5:41 ending Louisiana’s strong start.

The Ragin’ Cajuns were leading by double digits all night, assured at 1:22 of the first quarter when by Imani Rothschild the bucket made it 18-6. Iman Ivery closed the period with a pair of triples that extended the lead to a commanding 24-6 margin.

Louisiana’s defense would limit the Badgers to single digits in each quarter of the first half and permanently increase the lead to over 30 points at the break. Jaylyn James’ three points at 2:53 of the second quarter increased the lead to 39-9, extending the lead into 30-point territory.

Alicia Blanton was 3 for 4 from the field in the third quarter and Nubia Benedith 4 for 4 on charity marks, with the duo combining for 13 points as the Ragin’ Cajuns’ lead grew to 40 points and then went to the widest margin (49 points) at 71-22 midway through the fourth quarter.

It was a solid shooting performance for the Ragin’ Cajuns who finished 43 percent (29 of 67) from the floor and 78 percent from the free throw line (14 of 18).

Wednesday’s outing was Louisiana’s only exhibition game of the 2022-23 season. The regular season officially begins Monday, November 7 against Houston at 5:00 p.m. inside the Cajundome.

LEADING THE RAGIN’ CAJUNS

Wheaton was a perfect 7-on-7 shot to lead Louisiana with 14 points. Blanton, who was 5 of 6 from the free throw line, was the other double-digit player with 13 points. The duo alternated as the team’s top scorers in each half, with Wheaton leading the first half with 10 points and Blanton scoring 12 in the second stanza.

Rice of Destiny dished out three assists and was tied with Tamera Johnson for the team leader with three interceptions. As a team, the Ragin’ Cajuns had 17 interceptions and forced 26 turnovers at Spring Hill.

Caira Troglodyte led the way with six rebounds, three at both ends of the field, giving Louisiana a 43-31 advantage. Newcomer Mariah Stewart grabbed five rebounds in 12 minutes of play while Johnson and James also grabbed five rebounds.

native of Lafayette Lizzy Ratcliff drove in seven runs getting a triple and a pair of freebies along the way during the WKU transfer Sherry Porter turned a pair of interceptions into quick break points in the second half.

NEXT FOR LOUISIANA
Louisiana officially begins the regular season of the 2022-23 season on Monday, Nov. 7 by hosting Houston at the Cajundome. The game kicks off the 11th season of the Garry Brodhead time.

Tipoff for the Ragin’ Cajuns-Cougars contest is set for 5:00 p.m., and that’s the first half of a doubleheader with the Louisiana men’s team.

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