JONESBORO — Louisiana-Lafayette put an end to Arkansas State’s winning streak in women’s basketball two weeks ago at First National Bank Arena.
The Red Wolves would love to return the favor this weekend at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La.
Since sweeping ASU in Jonesboro, UL Lafayette (7-5, 6-1 Sun Belt) has beaten Arkansas-Little Rock once and Texas State twice to build a six-game winning streak. ASU (9-5, 4-4 Sun Belt) has dropped four in a row since losing point guard Jireh Washington to a knee injury.
“Their confidence is at an all-time high, just like when we went on our nine-game run,” ASU coach Matt Daniel said Thursday as the Red Wolves traveled to Lafayette. “Hopefully we can be the ones to end that streak. Can we do it? I don’t know, but we are capable.
“We’ve proven that at home, but obviously we’re on the road and taking a bus for eight and a half hours. We’re capable of being that team. I just hope we have enough in the tank to get it done.”
The teams meet tonight at 6, followed by Saturday’s game at 4 p.m.
ASU had an opportunity to end its slide last Saturday at Texas-Arlington. The Red Wolves led by as many as five points in the fourth quarter before the Mavericks went on a 15-2 run to earn an 80-71 victory and a series sweep.
“We were up with three minutes to go but we turned the ball over 10 times in the last quarter. That’s an average of 40 times a game,” Daniel said. “You can’t turn the ball over 25 times a game and expect to have a shot to win, and we’ve had shots to win turning it over that many times.
“We’re just trying to figure out the right scheme to put the players we have in the best position possible. We’re so much better than we were last year, it’s not even funny. It’s just not coming to fruition yet for a multitude of reasons.”
Jada Stinson tied her career high with 24 points in Saturday’s game, lifting her season scoring average to 12.4 points per game. Peyton Martin and Morgan Wallace are adding 10.9 and 10.0 points per game, respectively, for the Red Wolves.
UL Lafayette has shot 44.2 percent from the field during a win streak that has lifted the Cajuns to first place in the Sun Belt West. Guard Brandi Williams averages 12.6 points to lead UL Lafayette, followed by forward Ty’Reona Doucet at 11.3 points per game and Skyler Goodwin at 10.8.
“They’re just playing well,” Daniel said. “They start four juniors and a senior. They’re good, athletic and long.”