Cajuns Look For Fourth-Straight Win Monday Against Rival ULM

Game 16 – Louisiana (11-4, 3-3 SBC) vs. ULM (5-10, 1-5 SBC)
Monday, Jan. 19, 2014 • 5 p.m. (CT) • Lafayette, La. – Cajundome (11,550)
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LAFAYETTE, La. – After picking up their third-straight conference victory Saturday against South Alabama, the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns women’s basketball team will look to continue their winning ways when the Cajuns host in-state rival ULM on Monday at 5 p.m. at the Cajundome. Fans can follow live scoring and video on and also listen to the action on ESPN 1420 AM and on with Steve Peloquin calling the action. Pregame will begin at 4:45 p.m.

Last Time Out
– Louisiana had four players score in double figures for the first time this season to secure its third-straight win Saturday in a 65-58 victory over South Alabama
Keke Veal and Jaylyn Gordon each recorded 15 points while Kia Wilridge (14) and Robbie Brown (10) also reached double digits
– The Cajuns forced their opponent to 21 turnovers, the 10th time this season a team has committed at least 20 turnovers against Louisiana. The Cajuns scored 21 points off USA’s 21 turnovers while the Jaguars totaled 14 points off 16 Louisiana miscues
– The Cajuns owned a 40-31 edge on the glass with 18 offensive boards to record a 14-5 edge in second chance points. Veal and Simone Fields each pulled down seven boards to lead the team
– Wilridge led the Cajuns with four steals while Brown, Gordon and Veal each recorded three for a team total of 13 steals
– Veal also had a team-high five assists while Wilridge posted four

A Look at the Warhawks
– ULM enters Monday’s contest with a 5-10 record and 1-5 mark in the Sun Belt
– The Warhawks are 1-6 on the road this season, picking up a road victory over  SBC foe UT Arlington on Jan. 8
– Sharnice Brooks leads ULM with 13.2 points and 1.7 blocks per game while shooting 52.3 percent (80-153) from the field this season
– Alayshia Hunter is second for ULM in scoring and blocks with 8.5 points and 1.5 blocks per game
– Christina Gray is the squad’s top rebounder with 6.7 boards while Aundrea Davis leads the Warhawks with 2.3 assists per game
– ULM is fourth in the SBC in field goal percentage, making 40.6 percent of its shots
– The Warhawks also rank high in field goal percentage defense, holding teams to 38.4 percent from the floor for third in the conference
– Brooks and Hunter have helped the Warhawks tie for third in the league in blocks per game, averaging 3.8 this season

Series History
– ULM leads the all-time series, 42-7
– The teams first met on Feb. 4, 1972 with the Cajuns earning a 43-32 win in Monroe
– The rivals did not meet once from 1992-2006 with Louisiana competing in the Sun Belt Conference and ULM in the Southland Conference
– Louisiana is 5-16 at home against the Warhawks
– The teams split last season’s series with the Cajuns picking up a 68-49 victory in Monroe while the Warhawks captured a 66-59 win in Lafayette

Up Next
– Louisiana wraps up its three-game homestand Thursday when the Cajuns welcome Arkansas State to the Cajundome for a 5 p.m. contest

Cajuns in the National Rankings
– As a team, the Cajuns defense has caused many problems for opponents this season, limiting teams to 57.1 points per game for 42nd in the nation
– The Cajuns have forced opponents to 20-plus turnovers on 10 different occasions as teams are averaging 21.3 turnovers per game this season
– Louisiana ranks 13th nationally in turnover margin with teams recording 6.4 more turnovers per game than the Cajuns
– In 14 of 15 games, a team has committed at least 15 turnovers with Louisiana Tech being the one exception (14)
– Junior guard Kia Wilridge‘s tenacious defense this season has her ranked among the best in the country
– Wilridge has totaled 42 steals on the season for an average of 2.8 per game for first in the Sun Belt Conference and 28th in the country

Louisiana Among Sun Belt Schools
– Defense is what has stood out this season for the Cajuns, and their numbers have placed them near the top in the Sun Belt in several categories
– Among Sun Belt schools, Louisiana ranks first in turnover margin (+6.4), second in steals (10.5) and opponent turnovers per game (21.3), and third in scoring defense (57.1)
– In league play, the Cajuns lead the conference in steals per game (10.3), turnover margin (+7.5), and opponent turnovers per game (20.8), and have held teams to 59.5 points per game to rank third behind UALR (44.5 ppg) and UT Arlington (59.5 ppg)

Guards in the Sun Belt Rankings
– Guards Jaylyn Gordon, Keke Veal and Kia Wilridge are making several appearances in the SBC top-10 individual rankings
– Gordon comes in third in the SBC in free throw percentage (83.6%), fourth in three-pointers per game (2.3), seventh in scoring (14.0 ppg) and ninth in minutes (31.1 mpg). In conference play, Gordon is second with 2.7 three-pointers per game
– Veal ranks sixth with 2.1 steals per game but leads the league in SBC play with 2.8 per game. She is seventh in the SBC with 3.3 assists per game and a 1.1 assist-to-turnover ratio
– Wilridge also appears four times in the SBC rankings, coming in first in steals (2.8 spg), ninth in assists (2.7 apg) and free-throw percentage (76.7%), and 10th in scoring (12.9 ppg)

Last Four Games
Keke Veal has come on strong for the Cajuns in the last four games, averaging 15.8 points, 4.3 steals and 4.0 assists to help Louisiana to a 3-1 record
– Veal recorded a season-high 22 points in a win over Georgia Southern on Thursday and also notched 17- (Appalachian State) and 15-point (South Alabama) performances during the four-game stretch

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