UL sophomore guard Jaylin Gordon


Louisiana's Ragin' Cajun women's basketball team dropped their 2014-2015 Sun Belt Conference opener on Tuesday night, falling to the UALR Trojans, 67-41, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The loss snapped Louisiana's two-game losing streak, and gave them their first road setback in four outings.

The Cajuns jumped on top early, taking a 7-2 lead on a short jumper by Kia Wilridge at the 18:02 mark.

The Trojans answered however, scoring 12 unanswered points, to take a 14-7 advantage at the 12:07 mark of the initial half.

UALR would never relinquish the lead, taking a 37-20 into the locker room at halftime.

UALR out-shot Louisiana from the field in the first half, 52%-27%, while also finishing the first-half with a 25-14 rebounding edge.

Taylor Gault and Kaitlyn Pratt paced the Trojans over the first 20 minutes of play, each scoring 11 points, while Kia Wilridge tallied 8 points and one rebound for the Cajuns.

Louisiana really never made a run at UALR in the second half, as the Trojans extended their lead to as many as 28 points, 62-34, at 2:07 the mark, before going on to capture the 26-point win.

UALR ended the game out-shooting Louisiana from the floor, 51%-25%, while also finishing with a 47-28 rebound advantage.

Pratt led the way for the Trojans, compiling 13 points and five rebounds, with Shanity James chipping in with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

In a losing cause for the Cajuns, Wilridge totaled 14 points and two rebounds, while Jaylin Gordon added 14 points and one rebound of her own.

View the game box score.

With the victory, UALR improved to 8-2, overall, and 1-0 in Sun Belt Conference play, while Louisiana fell to 8-2, and 0-1, respectively.

The Cajuns return to action on Saturday, when they host Troy in their Sun Belt Conference home opener at the Cajundome. That match-up will begin at 5 pm, and will precede the UL/Troy men's game.