The UL women’s basketball team rebounded from last week’s disappointing loss to LSU with a 64-45 win over UNO on Saturday.
Well, sort of.
Once again, shooting was an issue as the Cajuns (3-1) made three of 14 3-pointers (21.4%) and missed 11 free throws (13 of 24, 55%).
So putting the ball in the basket more often and limiting turnovers (17 against UNO) will be top priorities when the Cajuns visit Southeastern Louisiana (2-2) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the University Center in Hammond.
“We’ve got to work on our shooting,” coach Garry Brodhead said. “Our shooting percentage went down against LSU as well as against UNO. The inconsistency of it is something we’re going to be really working on, especially going into finals pretty soon.”
One issue against UNO was playing without leading scorer Brandi Williams because of a bone bruise. It’s unclear when 5-foot-6 guard will be back, but her replacement, freshman Alicia Blanton, had 12 points and four rebounds in 20 minutes against the Privateers.
“We didn’t tell her during the shootaround because we were working on some press break,” Brodhead said of Blanton. “I could tell she was nervous right then and there (and wanted) to get those jitters out.
“She’s got a high basketball IQ. We felt she could do some of the things we wanted to do. She plays pretty good defense already for a freshman.”
Brodhead said the coaching staff is focusing on getting the right players firing up the 3s, especially early in the shot clock after having more of a green-light approach.
Laney Wheaton scored 11 points against UNO on 5 of 8 shooting in 17 minutes, while Ty’Reona Doucet added 10 points and six rebounds.
Wednesday’s game is another chance to see which players will make the Sun Belt Conference rotation, Broadhead said.
“Right now, it's not about wins but how we get better every day defensively and offensively,” he said. “I think we’re going to start narrowing it down and see if we’ve got to play eight or nine, or maybe even 10."
The Lions have wins over LSU-Shreveport and Alcorn State and losses to Tulane and Texas Tech.
Southeastern’s rotation includes two Carencro’s Chrissy Brown (8.0 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game) and New Iberia’s Morgan Carrier (7.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg).