Young Talent Shines In Ragin’ Cajuns Win Over SUNO
When you win by thirty points, there's a lot to be happy about. Ragin' Cajuns Women's Basketball crushed SUNO on Saturday, thanks to some talented youngsters.
The usualy characters contributed, as expected, with Jaylyn Gordon leading the team with 20 points and Simone Fields scoring 11 points in only ten minutes in Louisiana's 87-57 win over Southern-New Orleans, but it was the new faces who stole the spotlight.
Freshmen standouts Jasmine Thomas and Brittney Myles were superb. Thomas orchestrated the offense beautifully with 17 points and five assists, and she even chipped in on the glass with six rebounds from her guard position. Down low, Myles collected a 13 point, 12 rebound double-double in only 24 minutes of game time, and she allowed Head Coach Garry Brodhead to let Fields catch a break on the bench during the blowout victory.
Troi Swain, a junior college transfer, added 12 points on top of the pile, and the Ragin' Cajuns breezed to their fourth win of the season, increasing their record to 4-2.
Coach Brodhead can see his team starting to gel, especially on offense.
"I think they're getting used to playing with one another. I think in the first half, they did an extremely good job of moving the ball around," Brodhead said after the game. "At one time, we had three freshmen in there at the same time."
On defense, Brodhead is always looking for improvement, but he was hard pressed to find any criticisms of their performance against SUNO.
"I think we're getting better, especially on the help side. We took a few charges," Brodhead pointed out.
With five players scoring in double-figures, it would have been easy for them to relax on defense, but the team locked it down on both sides of the court for their second straight win in the revamped Cajundome. They forced SUNO into 21 turnovers with their hounding defense, and they ended up with 56 points in the paint on easy buckets. It was solid execution, all around.
Their next game is in the Cajundome as well, against a quality opponent. Houston comes to Lafayette on Wednesday, and it should be a raucous atmosphere. It's the Ragin' Cajuns annual education game, so there should be hundreds of children packing the seats of the Dome, creating invaluable noise.
If the Ragin' Cajuns keep scoring like this on offense, they're going to be dangerous down the stretch. Coach Brodhead will keep teaching his aggressive style of defense, and whenever the lessons start to hit home, look out.