HAMMOND — The UNO women’s basketball team (4-18, 2-11) withstood a late rally and used free throws to pull away late for a 76-64 win over the Southeastern La. (7-17, 3-10) on Thursday at the University Center.
The Lady Lions got to within one point with 4:25 left after starting the second half behind by double figures, but UNO would not be denied. The Privateers hit key shots down the stretch and converted on 21-of-29 free throw attempts to help seal their first road victory of the season.
“Tonight we put it together. My main point for offense was come out swinging first and for defense give everything you have from the start and we did a good job of keeping them off the offensive boards and getting stops in the first half. They did a great job of following the game plan and they just wanted it,” said coach Keeshawn Davenport.
Louisiana-Lafayette 64, Texas State 41 (WOMEN): When Sallie Guillory asked for one more stop on Thursday night, the Louisiana-Lafayette women’s basketball team decided to give her two more.
The Ragin’ Cajuns associate head coach made the request at full volume with 23 seconds left during a dead-ball break in the first half of the Cajuns’ contest against Texas State at the Cajundome. Jaylyn Gordon converted a steal into two free throws. Kia Wilridge turned a second steal into an assist to Keke Veal. The ensuing layup and 3-point play put the Cajuns on top 34-15 at halftime during their 64-41 victory.
Louisiana-Lafayette 64, Texas State 42 (MEN): Maybe all it took was a spark for the Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball team.
With a little less than six minutes remaining in the first half of the Cajuns’ (15-12, 9-7) win against Texas State (10-16, 5-11), referee Ray Acosta collided with Cajuns coach Bob Marlin near the sideline, sending Marlin sprawling in front of his bench. Acosta looked down at Marlin and called a technical foul, and Marlin went berserk.
Point guard Jay Wright canned a 3-pointer on the Cajuns’ next possession, and they didn’t look back from there. The Cajuns outscored the Bobcats 42-24 after Marlin’s near technical foul.
Whether Marlin’s outburst had any role in it or not, the Cajuns’ performance against Texas State was one of their most complete games of the season.