The Ragin’ Cajuns women’s basketball team has had a rough start so far this season.
Louisiana’s record is 4-11, while their Sun Belt Conference record is 2-2. The Ragin’ Cajuns have snapped their nine-game losing streak after consecutive conference wins.
Before their latest wins, Louisiana had lost to Arkansas State with a score of 75-87 and Little Rock with a score of 48-62.
Head Coach Garry Brodhead said he thinks the defense is what needs improvement, but only if the girls believe it too.
“It’s a great lesson for us, we just didn’t make stops defensively,” Brodhead said. “You have to want to do this defense at a high level.”
When referring to his team, Brodhead said “(the team) must put pressure on the ball, force it one way and get in help.” This strategy made a visible difference for the Cajuns during the Arkansas games.
Brodhead said it’s important to just stay positive and team build after losses, adding he believes in his team.
“They’re a team that’s really ready to get better and that’s important,” Brodhead said.
The coach added improvement is necessary, however, so the team doesn’t fall behind. He said they’re a much better team than what shows up on the box score.
“Our record doesn’t indicate how good we really could be,” Brodhead said.
Louisiana’s most recent wins after their losing streak were against Georgia State on Jan. 10 and Georgia Southern on Jan. 12.
The Georgia State game saw Louisiana win 57-54, their first conference win of the season. Sophomore center Ty’Reona Doucet led the team in scoring with 23 points.
After winning against Georgia State, the Ragin’ Cajuns went on to win against Georgia Southern 59-48. The win can be attributed to Louisiana’s perimeter defense, which not only forced turnovers, but also limited their opponents to the lowest point total this season.
Offensively, the game was led by freshman guard Brandi Williams who had 25 points, earning Louisiana’s second-straight conference win of the season.
Brodhead said as a team, they’re getting a little more comfortable with the ball, along with improving on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
“We’re starting to slow the game down a bit on offense, because we were playing too fast,” Brodhead said. “It’s helping our defense to not have as many turnovers.”
Louisiana aims to keep this winning streak alive in their home game as they take on the University of Louisiana at Monroe Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m.
“Next week is ULM. Let’s see if we can keep this winning streak,” Brodhead said.