GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico — The Louisiana-Lafayette women’s basketball team used a 21-4 run to defeat Arkansas 67-59 in the San Juan Shootout on Friday.
It was the Cajuns’ second win over a Southeastern Conference opponent in the past 12 days. The victories over Ole Miss in the regular season opener and Arkansas were the first pair of wins over SEC opponents in the same season in program history.
“We are capable of doing some things on the defensive side with pressure to create steals in order to generate some offense,” Ragin’ Cajuns coach Garry Brodhead said. “I was confident that we could come back. Our defense really came up big with steals that led to layups to help us get back in the game.”
The Cajuns (3-1) led 38-34 before Arkansas used a 16-8 run to take a 50-46 advantage going into the fourth quarter.
The Razorbacks built a 55-48 lead with less than six minutes to play, but Keke Veal and Kia Wilridge hit back-to-back buckets to make it a one-possession game at 55-52 with 5:37 remaining.
Down by a point, freshman Jordan Alexander sank a jumper to give the Cajuns a 56-55 lead.
On the next possession by Arkansas, Simone Fields came up with a steal and hit Veal in transition, leading to a Wilridge layup to increase the UL-Lafayette lead to three points.
The Razorbacks were unable to claw any closer.
Arkansas led 17-14 at the end of the first quarter, but the Cajuns kept things close, trailing 27-26 with under five seconds remaining in the first half.
But Veal knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Cajuns a 29-27 lead going into halftime. Veal netted a team-high 10 first-half points.
WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY 79, TULANE 58: In St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Green Bay’s Kaili Lukan finished with a game-high 25 points, and Allie LeClaire added 20 while combining to go 13-for-23 from the field with eight 3-pointers in the win over Tulane.
Kolby Morgan led Tulane (3-3) in scoring for the fifth time this season with 19 points on 7-for-10 from the field.
The first half featured 13 lead changes and four ties, and the Green Wave trailed 41-39 in the third quarter before Green Bay (3-1) used a 16-3 run in which four players scored 3-pointers to pull away.
Leslie Vorpahl joined Morgan in double figures with 12 points while recording team highs in steals (3) and assists (6).
GARDNER-WEBB 77, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 68: In West Point, N.Y., Tyrell Nelson scored 11 points with back-to-back layups late to help Gardner-Webb pull away and beat Southeastern Louisiana at the Barclay’s Center Classic.
Isaiah Ivey had 21 points with five 3-pointers to lead Gardner-Webb (2-4). Harold McBride added 10 points with seven assists and four steals.
Keith Charleston scored 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting with 10 rebounds for Southeastern Louisiana (1-5). James Currington had 10 points and five assists.
Gardner-Webb led 49-43 early in the second half. Joshua Filmore made a 3-pointer to spark a 7-0 surge to give the Lions a 1-point lead.
The game stayed within three points until Nelson made two layups and Ivey hit a 3-pointer as the Bulldogs led 69-64 with two minutes left.
Currington then made a layup. David Efianayi answered with another layup and four free throws, and McBride made two more free throws to seal it.