UL junior guard Kia Wilride

 

Louisiana's Ragin' Cajun women's basketball team recorded a Sun Belt Conference home victory on Thursday, defeating the Georgia St. Panthers, 68-52, at the Cajundome.

The win was the first for Louisiana in four tries in conference play.

The Cajuns used a smothering defense in the first half to help send them to the locker room with a 38-26 advantage.

Louisiana out-shot Georgia St. from the floor in the first half, 39.4%-37.0%, while holding down a 20-19 rebounding edge, and forcing 14 turnovers.

Jaylyn Gordon led the way for the Cajuns over the first 20 minutes, scoring 12 points, courtesy of four three-pointers, while Kennesha Nichols paced the Panthers, scoring 9 points and grabbing 6 rebounds.

Georgia St. never really made a run at Louisiana in the second half, as the Cajuns extended their lead to as many as 19 points, before cruising to the 16-point win.

Louisiana finished the game out-shooting Georgia St. from the floor, 41.4%-36.7%, while being out-rebounded, 39-37.

It was the UL defense that was the different in the game however, forcing 24 Georgia St. turnovers.

Gordon led the way for the Cajuns, scoring 20 points, including of six three-pointers, while Kia Wilridge added 18 points and four steals.

In a losing cause for the Panthers, Nichols had 9 points and 7 rebounds, while Ashley Watson and Ashanti Groover each chipped in with 8 points.

With the victory, Louisiana improved to 9-5, overall, and 1-3 in Sun Belt Conference play, while Georgia St. fell to 7-6, and 2-2, respectively.

The Cajuns return to action on Thursday, January 15, when they travel to take on Georgia Southern.