BOONE, N.C. — Keke Veal scored a game-high 17 points and Kia Wilridge added 10, but cold shooting in the final five minutes led to the Louisiana-Lafayette women’s basketball team falling 63-51 at Appalachian State in a Sun Belt Conference game Monday at the Holmes Convention Center.

UL-Lafayette (8-4, 0-3) forced 21 turnovers and had 15 steals as it twice battled back from double-digit deficits. But Appalachian State (6-5, 1-1) closed the game with a 12-2 run as the Ragin’ Cajuns missed their final eight shots.

“Our game plan was to push the ball up the floor, defend them and try to make steals in the fullcourt, which we did,” associate head coach Sallie Guillory said. “We’re going to have to find some ways to score and put the ball in the bucket. That’s the key.”

The Ragin’ Cajuns, who were 22-for-68 (32.4 percent) from the floor for the game, were 10-for-38 (26.3 percent) in the second half, while Appalachian State made 11 of 18 shots (61.1 percent).

Maryah Syndor had 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Katie Mallow scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half for Appalachian State.

The Cajuns return to action at 5 p.m. Thursday against Georgia State in the Cajundome.