TROY, Alabama — The Troy women’s basketball team didn’t miss from the field or the line in the final three minutes and used that late run to beat UL Lafayette, 90-83.
Troy (14-12, 9-8) made its last six field goals and its last seven free throws after UL Lafayette (18-8, 11-6) took a three-point lead with 3:11 to play.
The 90 points were the most scored against UL Lafayette this season and gave Troy, averaging 82.6 per game coming in, its 16th game over 80 points this season.
ArJae’ Saunders led four Trojans in double figures with 21 points, including 16 in the first half. Claresa Banks added a career-high 18 points off the bench for Troy, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range.
After the Trojans led by as many as 11 points late in the third quarter, the Cajuns began to chip away. Keke Veal, who scored a game-high 34 points, scored or assisted on 16 straight Cajun points and put UL-Lafayette up, 68-66.
The Cajuns held the lead, 74-71, with 3:11 to go in the game, but that is when the Sun Belt’s top offense got going. Ramirez took and made her first 3-pointer of the game, tying the score 74-74 with 2:50 to go.
On the night, Troy shot 44 percent (30-of-69) from the field and 21-of-31 (68 percent) from the free throw line. The Ragin’ Cajuns shot 41 percent (28-of-68), and 19-fo-25 (76 percent) from the line.