SAN MARCOS, Texas — The Louisiana-Lafayette women’s basketball team split the regular season series with Texas State, outlasting the Bobcats 59-47 at Strahan Coliseum on Saturday.
The win improved the Cajuns record to 18-7 and 11-5 in Sun Belt Conference play this season. Louisiana holds a 6-4 record on the road with the victory.
Keke Veal poured in a game-high 25 points to go with four rebounds and five assists in 40 minutes. Simone Fields picked up her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
“I think everyone did their role today, which is what we always talk about,” Ragin’ Cajuns coach Garry Brodhead said.
“Defensively, we did really well. Kia (Wilridge), Jodi (Quinn) and Brooklyn (Arceneaux) did an awesome job of clogging up the middle of the floor,” Brodhead added. “We moved the ball really well and took advantage of some nice shots. We always talk about attacking the lane, and today we did that.”
The Bobcats led 8-5 early, but the Cajuns rattled off 10 straight points, the last four from Veal.
Texas State closed out the first quarter on an 11-2 run, taking a 19-17 lead into the second quarter.
The Bobcats’ lead reached 22-17 after a 3-pointer by Taeler Deer.
Sylvana Okde answered with a 3 to pull the Cajuns 22-20 with just over seven minutes to play in the second.
Veal gave the Cajuns the lead back with consecutive layups with 5:19 to go.
After Texas State tied the game at 24-24 on a layup by Deer with 4:33 left in the second quarter, neither team scored for the remainder of the half.
Veal scored 13 of her points in the first half. Fields led all Cajuns with five rebounds.
The third quarter featured three ties before the Cajuns took a 42-37 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Cajuns pushed the lead to 55-44 with 2:51 remaining and extendes the advantage to 13 points after senior Brooklyn Arceneaux spashed a jumper with 1:38 to go.
The Cajuns shot a 53.8 precent (14-of-26) from the floor in the second half and outrebounded Texas State 14-11 in the seconds half. The Cajuns went 7-of-8 from the free-throw line after halftime.
The Cajuns are off until Thursday, when they visit Troy for a 5:15 p.m. tip-off.