LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Behind their top three leading scorers this season, the Louisiana-Lafayette women’s basketball team outlasted UALR 65-58 at the Jack Stephens Center on Thursday night.
The Cajuns improved to 10-2 overall and 3-0 in Sun Belt Conference play. It’s the first 3-0 conference start for the UL-Lafayette program since 1982-83.
The trio of seniors Keke Veal (30), Kia Wilridge (11) and junior Jaylyn Gordon (15) combined for 56 of the Cajuns’ 65 points, and helped the team win their third straight game and eighth in the last nine overall. The 30 points by Veal was a career high.
“I thought those three did a great job offensively,” Ragin’ Cajuns coach Garry Brodhead said. “Keke (Veal) shot the ball extremely well. Our turnovers were down and it was exciting to see the team’s improvement — especially on the road, which is very tough.
HOUSTON BAPTIST 80, NICHOLLS STATE 71: In Houston, Nicholls State received a third consecutive double-double from Marina Lilly, who had a team-high 18 points and 11 rebounds, but Houston Baptist knocked down 10 3-pointers and never trailed.
With the loss, Nicholls slipped to 3-9 overall and 1-1 in Southland play. HBU improved to 6-7 on the year, 1-2 in the SLC and evened the all-time series at 2 wins each.
SAM HOUSTON 80, SOUTHEASTERN 56: In Huntsville, Texas, Sam Houston State ended Southeastern Louisiana’s bid to start 2-0 in conference as the Bearkats pulled away in the third quarter for an easy win.
Southeastern (2-11, 1-1) cut a 16-point deficit to four on a three-point play by Nanna Pool with 5:51 left in the third. But Sam Houston State (6-7, 2-1) closed the quarter on an 18-9 run, then outscored the Lady Lions 23-12 in the fourth quarter.
Pool recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Peaches Anderson added 10 points for the Lady Lions who shot 27.1 percent for the game, 14.3 percent (4-of-28) on 3-pointers.