UL Women Take On McNeese St. In Second Round Of WBI – Inside The Numbers
Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajun women’s basketball team is back in action on Saturday afternoon, when coach Garry Brodhead’s plays host to the McNeese St. Cowgirls in the second round round of the 2015 Women’s Basketball Invitational.
Tip-off time at Earl K. Long is scheduled for 7 o’clock, and you can hear all the play-by-play action on ESPN 1420 & espn1420.com, beginning with the pregame show at 6:45 pm.
Louisiana, the second-seed in the WBI's West Region, has won 12 of their last 20, after defeating Texas-Pan American, 78-56, in an opening round match-up on Thursday night, improving their record to 20-12.
The win by the Cajuns was their first postseason victory in program history, gave them 20 wins for only the fourth time in program history, and notched Brodhead his 44th career win, the most by a UL coach over a three-year period.
McNeese St., the six-seed in the West Region, opened play in the WBI with a wire-to-wire 87-70 victory over third-seeded Furman on Thursday, to improve to 18-13 on the season.
The winner moves on to the second round, to face the winner of the New Mexico/Oral Roberts contest, on either March 25 or 26.
The Cajuns are out-scoring the opposition, 62.6/59.0, while being out-shot by foes from the floor, 42.1%/37.4%, and out-rebounded, 37.6/36.3.
Louisiana is paced by junior guard Keke Veal, who leads the team in scoring, at 14.0 points-per-game, and assists, at 3.4, along with sophomore Jaylin Gordon, who is second on the team in scoring, at 13.5 points a contest.
The Cowgirls are out-scoring the opposition, 69.8/69., while being out-shot by foes from the floor, 42.6%/38.9%, and holding down a 40.5/40.1 rebound advantage.
McNeese St. is paced junior guard Allison Baggett, who is averaging 16.1 points and 2.6 rebounds-per-game, and junior guard Jayln Johnson, who is averaging 13.5 points and 5.6 rebounds a contest.
McNeese St. leads the all-time series, 28-13, with the Cowgirls capturing an 80-59 win back in 2011, the last time the two schools met.