Basketball: Cougars Head East for Louisiana Matchup (W 69-64)

Cougars Head East for Louisiana Matchup
Houston, Ragin’ Cajuns meet in rematch of 2015 thriller

Louisiana enters Wednesday’s contest with a 4-2 overall record, and a 2-0 mark inside the Cajundome. The Ragin’ Cajuns had just one matchup last week, an 87-57 win over Southern-New Orleans.

Louisiana is led offensively by a trio of players including Jaylin Gordon who contributes 19.7 points per contest. In six games this season, Simone Fields has scored 15.5 points per game, while Jasmine Thomas has added 10.7.

On the glass, Fields paces the Cajuns with 8.5 rebounds per game, while pulling down 4.6 per contest on the offensive end alone.

Entering play on Wednesday, the Ragin’ Cajuns are averaging 70.0 points per game, while allowing opponents to score 70.3. On the glass, Louisiana gets outrebounded by 6.3 boards per game at 44.0-37.7. The Cajuns shoot 39.1 percent from the field while allowing opponents to shoot 27.8 percent.

These are program building wins right now. These are games that would have been lost a year ago and even early in the season. Still at least a year away from being able to compete for a tourney spot, but it’s exciting watching the team take shape.

Cougars Win Thriller in Louisiana
Jasmyne Harris scores career-high 23 points to lead Houston


For the ninth time in 10 games the Cougars picked up tremendous production from their bench, outscoring the Ragin’ Cajuns 46-17.
Houston dominated on the glass, winning the rebounding battle 48-26 and picking up 15 offensive boards. The team’s 33 defensive rebounds is a high for the Cougars this season.
The Cougars blocked a season-high five shots in the contest, including a career-high four from sophomore Sharayla Brown.

Houston swings around and travels west on I-10 to San Antonio, Texas, and the Rae & Craig Blair Memorial Tournament, where they will face the host school UTSA on Dec. 19 and Central Arkansas on Dec. 20.