LORMAN, Miss. — After Alcorn State erupted at the end of regulation to send Friday’s game into overtime, UL-Lafayette outscored the Lady Braves 10-3 in the extra period to pull out a 64-57 victory Friday afternoon.
Cienna Rodriguez knocked down two free throws to give the Cajuns a 54-44 advantage with 3:05 to play in regulation, but Norianna Haynes scored seven of the next 10 points for the Lady Braves to force overtime.
“This was like a trap game for us,” coach Garry Brodhead said. “I thought we played really well against Mississippi State with a lot of energy and were very coachable. Today, we came out flat. Everybody seemed like they wanted to play as individuals. I didn’t think we played very good team defense or handled the ball well. They didn’t pressure us hard at all, and we still turned the ball over. It was just one of those games. We found a way to win but it wasn’t pretty.”
Gabby Alexander lifted the Cajuns (7-1) to an early lead at 56-54 in overtime, but Alcorn State (1-7) hit 3-of-4 from the free-throw line to give the Lady Braves a 57-54 advantage with 3:28 to play. The ASU lead didn’t last long as Jaylyn Gordon sank a 3 on UL-Lafayette’s next possession before Jodi Quinn knocked down a jumper from the free-throw line to make it a two-possession game with 1:55 remaining.
ASU was unable to trim away its deficit, missing two shots and committing one turnover.
Gordon led the Cajuns with 22 points, hitting 11-of-12 from the foul line, while Kia Wilridge added 17 points in just 21 minutes of action while battling foul trouble. Alexander came off the bench to total nine points, while Rodriguez finished with five points and five assists in 10 minutes on the floor.
The Cajuns will take one week off for the Christmas holiday before returning home Dec. 28 to host Jackson State in their final nonconference game.
“I think for sure we have to play with more effort and put more effort into practice,” Brodhead said. “Maybe this little break will give us a chance to regroup and come back a little fresher.”