The Cajuns are coming off back-to-back wins for the first time since the end of the 2007-08 season and their first Sun Belt win in 22 conference games.

University of Louisiana Women's Basketballbullet Game Notes

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010
Location: Lafayette, La.
Opponent: Denver (10-6, 5-1 Sun Belt)
Site: Earl K. Long Gym (1,121)
Game Time: 7 p.m. (CST)

Game Day Story Lines

  • Louisiana's six wins this season doubles its win total from last season (3).
  • The Cajuns will play two league contests this week. UL will take on Denver on Wednesday before heading to UALR on Saturday.
  • Denver leads the all-time series, 13-7, having won the previous two meetings. Prior to the North Texas game this season, the Cajuns last Sun Belt win came against the Pioneers on March 1, 2008 with a 66-44 win in Lafayette, La.
  • Mercedes Johnson has scored in double digits in nine-straight contests and 13 times this season.
  • In the win against Savannah State, the Cajuns posted their best defensive effort since the 2004-05 season, holding the Tigers to a mere 35 points.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

            Lyndra Bell had a career night in the win over North Texas.

            The junior forward scored 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including a 4-for-4 performance from the charity stripe.

            It was the second time this season Bell has set a new career high in a game.

Snapping the Streak

            It had been 21-straight conference games, dating back to the end of the 2007-08 season, since the Ragin' Cajuns had last won a Sun Belt game before the win over North Texas on Wednesday.

            The previous league victory was a 66-44 win against Denver on Mar. 1, 2008. It was the final regular-season game that year.

            Last season the Cajuns failed to capture a victory in the league (0-18).

Win = Points

            In three of the Cajuns' six wins, four players have reached double figures.

            Against Houston Baptist, Jasmine Barnes (20), Mercedes Johnson (11), Nicole Morris (11) and Alexis Green (23) reached double-digits.

            Against Centenary, Barnes, Johnson, Josie West and Green all had 11 points.

            In the league win over the Mean Green, Lyndra Bell and Barnes chipped in 18 points, Morris had 12 and Mercedes Johnson had 15 points.

Barn Burner

            Junior Jasmine Barnes has continued to improve during the 2009-10 season after averaging 8.2 points per game during her sophomore season.

            This season she leads the Cajuns, averaging 32.4 minutes per game.  In six of the last 11 contests, Barnes has reached double-figures while averaging 4.7 rebounds.

            Against Houston Baptist, the junior guard recorded her first career double-double, scoring 20 points with 11 rebounds.

            Barnes has contributed double-digit performance in five of the Cajuns' six wins.

Mercedes - Unlike Any Other

            Mercedes Johnson began her sophomore season right where she left off her impressive freshman year.

            In 16 games played Johnson has reached double-digit scoring 13 times, including three 20-point performances and two double-doubles.

            At WKU, Johnson tied her career point performance with 22 points and set a new best of 16 rebounds.

            Against Lamar in the World Vision Classic, Johnson had a career night, scoring 22 points with 14 rebounds on 8-for-14 shooting.

Last Time Out... Savannah State (Jan. 9)

            Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns put together a complete performance on Saturday in Savannah, Ga., shutting down Savannah State with a 53-35 win in the women's basketball program's 1,000th game. The Cajuns' all-time record now sits 357-643.

            The Cajuns struggled in the opening minutes falling behind the Tigers 6-1. But UL would put together a 17-0 run to claim the lead for good with 8:50 remaining in the first half at 18-6. Mercedes Johnson scored 13 points for the Cajuns during the run. At the break, UL would hold a 26-18 advantage.

            The Cajuns would score to open the second half pushing the lead to double digits. The lead would grow to as much as 20 points and the Tigers could not crack the Cajuns double-digit lead.

            UL dominated the inside game scoring 30 points in the paint. The defense also played a big role, forcing 21 turnovers which lead to 18 points for the Cajuns. UL held the Tigers to 25.5 percent shooting (14-55) on the afternoon while knocking down 38.9 percent of their own (21-54).

            The Cajuns outrebounded Savannah State 44-32 and recorded season highs for steals (14) and assists (17).

            Johnson led the Cajuns with 17 points, seven rebounds and a career-high six steals. Jasmine Barnes chipped in 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. Nicole Morris scored seven points with six rebounds and four assists.


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