Troy falls to UL Lafayette in Sun Belt Tournament

Published 8:53 pm Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Troy women’s basketball team went cold from the floor down the stretch, losing Wednesday’s Sun Belt Tournament quarterfinals matchup against UL Lafayette, 66-52 in New Orleans.

With the loss, Troy’s eight-game winning streak, and season comes to an end. The 52 points the Trojans (20-10) scored was its lowest point total all season.

In the second half, Troy struggled to sink anything from the field, shooting just 31 percent after the half. The Trojans managed just five points in the last five minutes of the game as UL Lafayette pulled away in the waning minutes for the win.

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Ashley Beverly-Kelley led Troy with 17 points, but shot just 8-of-25 from the field.

Ronita Garrett, who was riding her own streak of six-straight double-doubles, failed to reach that mark Wednesday. The senior forward finished with just six points and eight rebounds.

After trailing by just two points at halftime, Troy was able to take the lead on a few occasions in the second half, but could not sustain its momentum.

Halfway through the second half, UL Lafayette jumped out to lead by as many as nine.

Kourtney Coleman was able to sink a 3-pointer to cut the Cajuns’ lead to four with five minutes to go, but Troy went cold from the field in the final five minutes, shooting just 2-of-8.

And as the game clock wound down, UL Lafayette was able to sink 9-of-12 free throws down the stretch to ice the game.

The Cajuns were led in scoring by Keke Veal, who finished with 20 points and seven rebounds.

Troy now waits until Monday when the 64-team WNIT tournament field and 16-team WBI tournament field are announced.  The two tournaments will make their selections following the NCAA Tournament selection show.