Basketball Travelers Classic results: Louisiana-Lafayette 68, Maryland-Eastern Shore 36
AUSTIN, Texas -- In a game which was decided after Louisiana-Lafayette broke out to a 32-6 lead 14 minutes into the game, the Ragin' Cajuns had three players in double-figure scoring as ULL cruised to a 68-36 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore Monday night in the fifth game of the Basketball Travelers Classic.
Louisiana-Lafayette received a game-high 19 points from junior guard Onna Charles. Charles finished with a double-double by adding a a game-best 10 rebounds. Kina Miller and Sonora Edwards scored 10 points apiece for Louisiana-Lafayette, while Alicia McDaniel finished with seven points, nine rebounds and a game-high five assists.
Louisiana-Lafayette moves to 2-1 with the win, with all games played during the Basketball Travelers Classic which ran Sunday-Tuesday (Nov. 12-14) in Austin. Monday night's game was the fourth game in four nights for Maryland-Eastern Shore, now 0-4.
The MES Lady Hawks shot 24 percent from the floor against Louisiana-Lafayette, and the Ragin' Cajuns held a commanding 57-37 edge in rebounding. The Lady Hawks committed 19 turnovers, while Louisiana-Lafayette had 14.
The four-team, three-day BTI tourney concludes later on Monday evening at the Frank Erwin Center when Texas State (1-1) meets No. 25 Texas (2-0) at 7:30 p.m. (CT).
Louisiana-Lafayette jumped out to a 9-0 lead with 15:31 to go in the first half, as MES missed its first eight shots and had one turnover in the opening minutes. The Lady Hawks got on the board with a Kristi Veltkamp layup to make the score 9-2 24 seconds later before the Ragin' Cajuns ripped off 27 unanswered points in the next 10:26 of play for the 32-6 edge.
In that 27-0 run, Charles had 12 points and Miller added six points and four rebounds.
At intermission, the Ragin' Cajuns had a 41-8 lead. Maryland-Eastern Shore made three of 33 field goals attempted, while Louisiana-Lafayette shot 45 percent (16-36) and had a 37-15 advantage in rebounding.
For the game, Louisiana-Lafayette hit 32 percent of its shots (26-68). The Ragin' Cajuns finished with a 32-10 dominance in points scored in the paint and had a 27-0 edge in second-chance points.
Veltkamp (11 points) was the only Maryland-Eastern Shore player in double-figure scoring.