ATLANTA — The Louisiana-Lafayette women’s basketball team finished a four-game road swing with a 77-57 victory at Georgia State on Saturday.
The Cajuns (12-3, 5-1 Sun Belt) improved to 4-1 in conference road games this season and won their fourth straight game over Georgia State in the all-time series using a 20-5 run in the first quarter.
“I thought Jaylyn (Gordon) and Kia (Wilridge) played great games,” Ragin’ Cajuns coach Garry Brodhead said. “Both handled the ball well and pressured the ball on defense. It’s big for us to hold them to five points in the first quarter. They made some runs, but we were able to answer which speaks to our maturity as a team.”
Wilridge handed out four assists, raising her career total to 264 and moving her into sixth place on the Cajuns’ all-time list. She also pulled down a team-high six rebounds. Gordon hit four 3-pointers, which gave her 144 for her career, passing Onna Charles for sixth on UL-Lafayette’s all-time list.
The Cajuns, who never trailed in the game, quickly came out ahead 5-0 when Gordon and senior Keke Veal scored via a layup and three-pointer, respectively.
Louisiana-Lafayette outscored Georgia State 20-5 in the first quarter, holding the Panthers to their lowest point total this season in a quarter. Eight of Wilridge’s 20 points came in the first quarter of the game.
A 14-4 scoring surge ensued for Georgia State in the second quarter, cutting the Cajuns’ lead to 24-19 with 4:18 left in the first half.
Wilridge came back with a 3-pointer on the next possession to make it 27-19.
The Cajuns’ lead slipped to 29-24, but they pushed the advantage back to 10 with the help of four straight points by Gordon to end the scoring run.
Louisiana-Lafayette attempted 23 free throws in the first half, converting on 20 of them. Gordon (12), Wilridge (10) and Keke Veal (10) all reached double-digit points in the opening 20 minutes.
The third quarter featured a 24-11 scoring surge by the Cajuns, who got 22 of those points from Gordon (12) and Wilridge (10). The Cajuns collected 12 points off seven Georgia State turnovers in the quarter and led 60-38 heading into the fourth quarter.