LAFAYETTE — After a rough first half shooting the ball, the UL-Lafayette women’s basketball team came to life in the second half of its 69-53 win against Xavier.

The Cajuns (2-0) shot just 33 percent in the first half, in large part because of a 1-for-8 effort from beyond the 3-point line.

The poor shooting performance was mitigated by Xavier’s own struggles from the field though, as they took a 29-23 lead into the locker room at the break.

But the Cajuns turned it on late, sinking 12 of their first 18 shots in the second half, including their first four 3-pointers, to swell their lead to 23 points.

Junior guard Keke Veal led three Cajuns scorers in double figures with 18 points in the game. Joining her were true freshman Simone Fields (13) and junior Kia Wilridge (12).

Fields and Junior forward Adrienne Prejean hauled in nine rebounds.

Sophomore Jaylyn Gordon, who scored a career-high 22 points off the bench in the Cajuns’ season opener at Lamar, scored eight points against Xavier (2-4), to go along with five rebounds and a team-high seven assists.

The Cajuns return to action Saturday against Louisiana Tech at Earl K. Long Gym.