LAFAYETTE — A focus on floor spacing and angles will have an additional meaning this week for the Louisiana-Lafayette women’s basketball team heading into a pair of home games.
Considering the Cajuns have not played a contest at the Cajundome since a Jan. 2 win over Appalachian State, there will be a handful of different dimensions during practices and Sun Belt Conference games coming up against South Alabama and Troy.
“A lot of the facilities we are playing in (on the road) are closed in and the arenas are small,” coach Garry Brodhead said. “Both at Georgia State and Georgia Southern, the baseline is not very wide. It’s a great place to shoot the ball. That makes it a lot easier.”
The Cajuns have triumphed in four of their first five road conference games. Despite coming away with a 60-51 win over Appalachian State in that most recent home game, the Cajuns made 38.2 percent of their field goal attempts (21 of 55) in a season when they have shot 41.8 percent overall.
“We haven’t been in the dome,” Brodhead said. “Hopefully, we get a crowd to kind of carry us over. But the game we played on Jan. 2, we didn’t play very well. We shot the ball horrible. That is more my concern. How is it going to affect us being back home and being back in the dome? Can we get going and keep it going? It’s always good to be home.”
Staying a step ahead
Brodhead’s own goal for his squad during this road-heavy early portion of the conference schedule was to see them break even and get splits of two-game road swings. The Cajuns (12-3 and 5-1 in the Sun Belt) find themselves a game out of first place behind Arkansas State, who is 5-0 and gave the Cajuns their lone conference loss.
“I didn’t realize we had won that many games on the road,” Brodhead said. “We are going a game at a time and just playing. It’s a good feeling. To get two wins in Georgia is pretty big. I like that plan of splitting. Coming back with two wins would be awesome every time. The refereeing on both of those Georgia games was really consistent. That helped us play like we want to play.”
Fields feeling better
Sophomore post player Simone Fields was slowed on the Georgia trip by a sprained ankle. After not playing in the win over Georgia Southern, Fields managed to play 17 minutes and register four points against Georgia State on Saturday. Brodhead said Fields should be ready for this week.
“She played a limited amount on Saturday and (Monday) in practice she looked really good,” Brodhead said. “It’s all about handling pain. Monday, we got up and down the floor and she looked 100 percent.”