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Expect contrast of styles from Cajuns, Bobcats

Advocate Photo by Brad Kemp Louisiana-Louisiana guard Jay Wright (1) shoots over  Georgia State forward T.J. Shipes during their game at the Cajundome Tuesday Jan. 6, 2015 in Lafayette, La.

Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball coach Bob Marlin has lamented his team’s defensive performance during a swoon that now includes five losses in six games. Saturday, at least, he can point his Ragin’ Cajuns to an example of a defense to be emulated. By the numbers, Texas State has the Sun Belt Conference’s most effective defense, with the… Continue reading →

After last year’s power surge, the Cajuns softball team would love an encore from catcher Lexie Elkins

Advocate staff photo by Terri Fensel -- The Louisiana-Lafayette softball team congratulates Lexie Elkins after her home run against South Alabama.

LAFAYETTE — Coach Michael Lotief said catcher Lexie Elkins was the anchor of the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team last year. Looking at her numbers, it’s hard to argue. She finished the season batting .388 with an .835 slugging percentage. Despite managing only one extra-base hit in her freshman year at Texas Tech, Elkins… Continue reading →

Reeling Cajuns watch South Alabama rally to win

MOBILE, Ala. — Apparently, no Ragin’ Cajuns lead is safe against South Alabama’s Jaguars. For the second time this season, Louisiana-Lafayette saw a double-digit lead evaporate against a hot-shooting Jaguars squad Thursday night. This time, it resulted in an 89-85 South Alabama win and the fifth loss in six Sun Belt Conference games for the… Continue reading →

Louisiana-Lafayette women fall to South Alabama

MOBILE, Ala. — Keke Veal and Kia Wilridge combined to score 26 points, but the Louisiana-Lafayette women’s basketball team shot a season-low 24 percent from the floor and dropped a 57-47 decision at South Alabama in a Sun Belt Conference game on Thursday at the Mitchell Center. Veal scored a game-high 14 points… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette baseball, softball teams picked to win Sun Belt championships

Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- UL-Lafayette shortstop Blake Trahan fields a grounder during practice at M.L. 'Tigue' Moore Field in Lafayette.

Coaches selected the UL-Lafayette softball and baseball teams repeat as winners of the Sun Belt Conference this season, and a trio of players were recognized as preseason players of the year. Junior shortstop Blake Trahan was named baseball’s preseason Player of the Year, while the softball team captured both honors, with junior catcher Lexie Elkins earning preseason Player of… Continue reading →

Cajuns look to avenge loss against South Alabama

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns forward Shawn Long (21) drives around Texas-Arlington Mavericks forward Brandon Edwards (35) to score a basket as they play in the Sun Belt Conference Championship quarterfinals in New Orleans, La. Friday, March 14, 2014.

MOBILE, Ala. — Louisiana-Lafayette’s men’s basketball team won’t hesitate to try something different Thursday, if that’s what it takes to slow down South Alabama. The Ragin’ Cajuns and USA locked up in what coach Bob Marlin called an old-fashioned shootout less than two weeks ago at the Cajundome, with the visiting Jaguars hitting nearly 70… Continue reading →

Defense key for Cajuns’ Robbie Brown

Louisiana-Lafayette guard Robbie Brown (3) goes in for a lay up during their game against Georgia State at the Cajundome  in Lafayette, La., Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Photo by Brad Kemp/

LAFAYETTE — Robbie Brown’s well-balanced basketball diet has included a big helping of defense, a side order of freshman-year disappointment and a scoring feast. Brown, who led the Louisiana-Lafayette women’s basketball team in steals as a freshman during the 2011-12 season, ranks second in the Sun Belt Conference (in conference games) in… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ power righty Reagan Bazar ‘continues to grow’

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP Louisiana-Lafayette pitcher Reagan Bazar goes through drills at Tigue Moore Field in Lafayette on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — Reagan Bazar can still reach back and blaze his fastball in there with the best of them. The Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team’s 6-foot-7 power right-hander seized attention last season by hitting triple digits on the radar gun at Tigue Moore Field on the very first pitch of his career, and he… Continue reading →

Expectations are high for Ragin’ Cajuns softball, but some adversity has already arrived

Advocate photo by Lee Celano -- Christina Hamilton

LAFAYETTE — Expectations have never been higher for the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team. The squad is coming off its sixth trip to the Women’s College World Series last year, aided by the stellar pitching of now-senior Christina Hamilton. In 2013, Jordan Wallace was the Ragin’ Cajuns’ dominant pitcher, and she also returns for her senior season.… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette men’s basketball returns to routine

File photo by Brad Kemp/ -- Louisiana-Lafayette forward Shawn Long is averaging 17.1 ponts per game as the Cajuns move into a more regular Thursday-Saturday game schedule.

LAFAYETTE — With the grueling portion of their schedule in the rearview mirror and the home stretch in front of them, the Cajuns are hopeful they can get back into a regular routine. Cajuns director of basketball operations Mike Murphy, who filled in for coach Bob Marlin at the weekly… Continue reading →

Michael Lotief: Cajuns have much to replace this season

Advocate photo by Lee Celano - UL-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns head coach Michael Lotief talks with umpire Jamie Naramore during the game against the Western Kentucky Lady Toppers in Game 6 of the Sun Belt Conference tournament at Lamson Park in Lafayette May 9, 2014.

LAFAYETTE — Don’t tell Louisiana-Lafayette softball coach Michael Lotief he didn’t lose much from last year’s team. The 2014 Ragin’ Cajuns, who reached the Women’s College World Series for the sixth time in school history, have a No. 9 preseason ranking after losing only two players from last year’s squad. But, according to Lotief, replacing those… Continue reading →

Cajuns basketball notebook: Turnover problem resurfaced in first half of loss at Georgia State

LAFAYETTE — Turnovers plagued the Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball team earlier in the season, when it featured a bunch of new teammates figuring out how to play together. It looked like the Ragin’ Cajuns had figured out their problems midway through the season but, for at least half of Saturday’s 75-64 loss at Georgia State, their old… Continue reading →

New hitting coach Jeremy Talbot finds the right fit at Louisiana-Lafayette

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette's hitting coach Jeremy Talbot practices with the team Tuesday in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — When Louisiana-Lafayette hitting coach Matt Deggs accepted the offer to become Sam Houston State’s head baseball coach this offseason, Ragin’ Cajuns coach Tony Robichaux had a bit of a vexing situation on his hands. Not only did he want to replace Deggs with a qualified and capable coach, he also… Continue reading →

Cajuns men fall 75-64 at Georgia State

ATLANTA — Ryan Harrow scored 19 points, and R.J. Hunter added 13 to become Georgia State’s career scoring leader in a 75-64 victory over the University of Louisiana at Lafayette men’s basketball team Saturday. Hunter, who surpassed Rodney Hamilton’s career total of 1,515 points, also had seven rebounds and seven assists. Kevin Ware finished… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ busy stretch ends Saturday with a huge game at Georgia State

Louisiana-Lafayette guard Kasey Shepherd (5) is fouled by Arkansas State forward Kelvin Downs during their game at the Cajundome Thursday Jan. 22, 2015 in Lafayette, La. Photo by Brad Kemp/

LAFAYETTE — Considering that they will be playing their fifth game in 10 days, it would be logical to assume the Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball team may be playing on some tired legs Saturday. But, considering the opponent, the Ragin’ Cajuns shouldn’t have to try too hard to tap into their energy resources. The Cajuns (11-8, 5-3)… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team to hold Fan Day on Feb. 8

The UL-Lafayette baseball team will hold its annual Fan Day on Feb. 8 at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field starting at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free. Fans can get autographs from current members of the team as well as notable alumni, including current pros Jonathan Lucroy, Jace Conrad, Seth Harrison, Caleb Adams, Carson Baranik, Austin Robichaux,… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette women defeat Arkansas State

LAFAYETTE — When the Louisiana-Lafayette women’s basketball team forced Arkansas State to switch to Plan B, the Red Wolves’ search for secondary scoring came up short. The Ragin’ Cajuns held the Sun Belt Conference’s leading scorer, Aundrea Gamble, to four points on a 2-for-11 shooting effort in a 69-57 victory by the Cajuns on Thursday… Continue reading →

Luke Johnson: UL-Lafayette’s Shawn Long short on words after solid performance

Louisiana-Lafayette forward Shawn Long (21) goes to the basket between Arkansas State players Nouhoum Bocoum, left, and Anthony Livingston, right,  during their game at the Cajundome Thursday Jan. 22, 2015 in Lafayette, La. Photo by Brad Kemp/

LAFAYETTE — With a 20-point lead and the first half winding down, Louisiana-Lafayette point guard Jay Wright turned and found an inexplicably open Shawn Long standing behind the 3-point line. Wright dished, Long rose and fired. And why not? A few days after the Cajuns couldn’t buy a 3-point bucket, Long had already buried… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns overwhelm Arkansas State

Louisiana-Lafayette guard Kasey Shepherd (5) is fouled by Arkansas State forward Kelvin Downs during their game at the Cajundome Thursday Jan. 22, 2015 in Lafayette, La. Photo by Brad Kemp/

What shooting slump? A Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball squad that was mired in misery from the field for three games let Shawn Long take control in the first half Thursday night ... and then let everybody take control after halftime. The result was a 96-59 drubbing of Arkansas State, snapping a three-game losing streak with the largest… Continue reading →

Struggling Cajuns try to end Sun Belt skid

Louisiana-Lafayette forward Bryce Washington (32) shoots over South Alabama forward Austin Karazsia during their game at the Cajundome Saturday Jan. 17, 2015 in Lafayette, La. Photo by Brad Kemp/

This isn’t the first time the University of Louisiana at Lafayette men’s basketball team has struggled this season. The Cajuns, who host Arkansas State at 7:15 p.m. Thursday to end a three-game homestand, have lost three in a row, including two losses in 48 hours on their Cajundome home floor. The current streak has… Continue reading →

Tyler Girouard healthy and happy to be playing for the 2015 season

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette Senior Baseball Player Tyler Girouard practices with the team Tuesday at Moore Field in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — A healthy Tyler Girouard got the itch when he got a taste of the real world. Working a couple part time jobs just didn’t have the same flavor as playing Division I college baseball. While he told University of Louisiana at Lafayette coach Tony Robichaux after last season that he was… Continue reading →

Cajuns hampered by cool outside shooting

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Kasey Shepherd takes a jump shot over Milligan's Mike Woods Jr. on Dec. 17, 2014, at the Cajundome. Shepherd and Jay Wright combined to shoot 3-for-21 from 3-point range over the Ragin' Cajuns' last three games.

LAFAYETTE — UL-Lafayette might need its guards to rediscover their stroke if they want to get back in the win column. The trend isn’t hard to find. For the third consecutive game, the starting backcourt struggled to knock down shots, and the Cajuns were lost for the third consecutive time after Monday’s 57-55 loss… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns suffer third straight loss, this one 57-55 to UL-Monroe

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- UL-Lafayette's Shawn Long and UL-Monroe's Nick Coppola fight for a loose ball in the Cajundome on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — Trailing by a point with 37.5 seconds remaining and coming off a couple of defensive stops, the Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball team looked like it was in position to pull off a come-from-behind win against Louisiana-Monroe on Monday night. Then the Ragin’ Cajuns were hit by what coach Bob Marlin termed a “communication breakdown.”… Continue reading →

Cajuns basketball notebook: Shooting slump contributed heavily to loss to ULM

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- Shawn Long in for the dunk in the Cajun Dome on Monday January 19, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette had its share of opportunities Monday night’s 57-55 loss to UL-Monroe at the Cajundome. But the Cajuns (10-9, 4-4) made only 18 of 55 field goals in suffering their third straight loss. “We had some great looks tonight,” guard Xavian Rimmer said. “We had a lot of in-and-outs. They just didn’t fall… Continue reading →

Cajuns women fall to ULM in overtime

LAFAYETTE — Although the Ragin’ Cajuns were able to withstand a five-point play on Monday night, five more minutes proved to be too much to overcome. ULM used a five-point play with 24 seconds left to force overtime against Louisiana-Lafayette’s women’s basketball team at the Cajundome. Five minutes later, the Warhawks walked off the court… Continue reading →

It’s right back to work for the Ragin’ Cajuns in Monday night matchups with UL-Monroe

Louisiana-Lafayette forward Bryce Washington (32) shoots over South Alabama forward Austin Karazsia during their game at the Cajundome Saturday Jan. 17, 2015 in Lafayette, La. Photo by Brad Kemp/

LAFAYETTE —A Louisiana team enters a state rivalry game Monday night atop the Sun Belt standings. But, surprise! It’s not defending tournament champion Louisiana-Lafayette. It’s the rejuvenated Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks, who managed all of 10 wins a season ago. Thanks to a school-record five-game Sun Belt winning streak, ULM… Continue reading →

Johnson: Lafayette’s weekend-long honoring of Kim Perrot shows she’ll never be forgotten photo by Brad Kemp -- Consuella Perrot, the mother of Kim Perrot, is escorted off the court by her son-in-law, Eric Hunter, after her daughter was honored during the Louisiana-Lafayette women’s basketball game against South Alabama on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — This weekend’s theme is “Gone, but never forgotten.” I’m not from this area — nowhere even remotely close to it, actually. I didn’t grow up hearing about Kim Perrot’s legend, or about how she was claimed much too early by cancer. But all it took was a couple of minutes to be enveloped… Continue reading →

South Alabama turns up defensive heat on Cajuns

Photo by Brad Kemp/ -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette forward Brian Williams is fouled by South Alabama guard John Brown on Saturday at the Cajundome in Lafayette. Williams scored 13 points in the Cajuns' 89-82 loss.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette men’s basketball team got a dose of its own medicine in Saturday’s second half, and because of that the Cajuns are out of first place in the Sun Belt Conference race. South Alabama turned up the defensive intensity in the final 20 minutes, holding the Cajuns to 11-of-35 shooting and… Continue reading →

Cajuns women push back South Alabama

LAFAYETTE — Before the University of Louisiana at Lafayette women’s basketball team could climb back to break-even, the Cajuns had to absorb a sustained scoring punch from South Alabama. But sophomore guard Jaylyn Gordon canned a 3-pointer with a minute left to give UL-Lafayette a seven-point lead in their 65-58 victory Saturday at the Cajundome.… Continue reading →

After first Sun Belt defeat, Cajuns aim to bounce back against South Alabama

Louisiana-Lafayette forward Shawn Long (21) god to the basket while being  guarded by Louisiana College  guard Vidall Corbin during their game at the Cajundome Friday Nov. 14, 2014 in Lafayette, La. Photo by Brad kemp/

LAFAYETTE — Cajuns coach Bob Marlin said earlier in the week that his team wasn’t going to be able to just coast to a Sun Belt Conference championship after a hot start, and that it would have to learn how to bounce back from adversity. Adversity hit quicker than some might’ve expected, as the Cajuns (10-6, 4-1)… Continue reading →

Kim Perrot’s family’s emotional weekend opens with banquet honoring former Cajuns star

LAFAYETTE — A little more than 15 years after her death, Louisiana-Lafayette women’s basketball legend Kim Perrot’s impact on the Acadiana area finally is getting memorialized properly. A weekend celebrating Perrot’s life, achievements and legacy began at a Friday night banquet and social held at the Petroleum Club, where Perrot’s family and friends gathered not… Continue reading →

Injuries concern for UL-Lafayette softball coach Michael Lotief

Associated Press photo by ALONZO ADAMS -- UL-Lafayette pitcher Christina Hamilton is one of five key players currently dealing with either arm or shoulder injuries.

On paper, Louisiana-Lafayette softball coach Michael Lotief is dealing with an embarrassment of riches. Seven of nine lineup regulars return from last spring’s Women’s College World Series team, including the top two homer and RBI producers. Every player that threw a pitch during that 49-10-1 season, one punctuated by unbeaten romps past Texas and Arizona in the NCAA… Continue reading →

Georgia Southern hands Cajuns first conference loss

The Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball team was not able to weather a poor shooting effort to start their road game against Georgia Southern and fell for the first time in Sun Belt Conference play this season, 78-70. Like their game a week ago against Georgia State, the Cajuns (10-6, 4-1 SBC) got off… Continue reading →

Cajuns start baseball practice with first game a month away

Advocate file photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD --  UL-Lafayette coach Tony Robichaux talks at a news conference after playing Jackson State in the Baton Rouge regional in June 2013.

LAFAYETTE — The countdown clock has begun to tick. The Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team practiced as a full squad for the first time in 2015 Thursday, meaning they’re officially a month away from the start of the season. “It’s good to get going again; we’re very close to opening day,” coach Tony Robichaux said.… Continue reading →

Cajuns add four mid-year signees

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Ragin' Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth leads his team onto the field to face Appalachian State on Nov. 22 at Cajun Field.

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth announced the additions of four mid-year signees for next season on Thursday. The Cajuns added quarterback Dion Ray (New Orleans/Helen Cox HS), running back Walter Williams (Vancleave, Miss./Vancleave HS), defensive back Kamar Greenhouse (Marksville/Marksville HS) and punter Steven Coutts (Brisbane, Australia/University of Queensland). The signings increased UL-Lafayette’s mid-year… Continue reading →

Cajuns men, women visit Georgia Southern

Associated Press file photo by Eric Gay -- Louisiana-Lafayette basketball coach Bob Marlin: 'I’m really disappointed at the way we handled the basketball.'

STATESBORO, Ga. — Welcome to the second stop on Louisiana-Lafayette basketball’s discovery journey. For the second time in a 10-day span, the Ragin’ Cajuns travel to a new city and play a new Sun Belt Conference opponent Thursday when they face Georgia Southern’s Eagles in a battle of league frontrunners. The Cajuns (10-5, 4-0)… Continue reading →

Cajuns point guard Jay Wright working to do things the right way

Advocate file photo by BRAD BOWIE -- First-year UL-Lafayette point guard Jay Wright has helped guide the Cajuns to a 4-0 start in the Sun Belt Conference and a 10-5 overall record. Wright is averaging 8.9 points, 3.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

LAFAYETTE — At some point in Thursday’s game against Georgia Southern, University of Louisiana at Lafayette men’s basketball team point guard Jay Wright will look up in the stands and see some familiar faces looking back. “I’m going to have a lot of family there,” said Wright, who grew up in Rincon,… Continue reading →

Cajuns star Shawn Long getting plenty of help

Advocate Photo by Brad Kemp Louisiana-Louisiana forward Shawn Long (21) battles Georgia State players T.J. Shipes (31) and R.J. Hunter (21) for a rebound  during their game at the Cajundome Tuesday Jan. 6, 2015 in Lafayette, La.

LAFAYETTE —Shawn Long has taken care of business so far this season, averaging 15.4 points and nine rebounds — and that much was expected of him before the year started. What has come as a bit of a surprise is that the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s men’s basketball team hasn’t needed… Continue reading →

For Cajuns’ Keke Veal, good decision-making started early

LAFAYETTE — When Keke Veal needs to make a split-second decision, she can look back on several winters spent with friends for guidance. The junior guard for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette women’s basketball team has 38 assists to lead the squad. Whether the Ragin’ Cajuns are in a fast-break situation or in a half-court offensive… Continue reading →

Quick-learning newcomers give Ragin’ Cajuns a boost

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- The Cajuns' Jay Wright takes a jump shot against Milligans' Mickey Woods on Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014 at the Cajundome.

LAFAYETTE — The Ragin’ Cajuns must have paid attention in chemistry class. That’s because, even after the Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball team’s inauspicious 1-3 start, there was room for optimism. The limited play and subsequent absence of star forward Shawn Long thanks to a nagging injury certainly didn’t help, but the Cajuns also were breaking… Continue reading →

Better shooting, defense key for Cajuns women

It would have been easy to credit better shooting for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s 68-52 Thursday win over Georgia State, the Cajuns women’s basketball team’s first Sun Belt Conference victory. The Cajuns shot 41.4 percent from the floor — not a stellar number, but it came on the heels of UL-Lafayette making less than one-third… Continue reading →

Cajuns guard Kasey Shepherd has shooting down to a science

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP Louisiana-Lafayette guard Kasey Shepherd demonstrates his jump shot at the Leon Moncla Indoor Practice Facility in  Lafayette, La., Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — The camera in his face isn’t as obtrusive as a 6-foot-5 defender barreling down on him, but it’s still in the way as Kasey Shepherd rises and fires from the top of the key at the Leon Moncla Indoor Practice Facility. The ball spins at a wild RPM on its high-arcing journey before finding the… Continue reading →

It’s a whole new ballgame for the Ragin’ Cajuns on the diamond

Advocate photo by Lee Celano -- ULL Cajuns' Blake Trahan makes the double play against the Georgia State Panthers as  Joey Roach slides  in the third inning of the Cajuns 5-3 victory at ML

LAFAYETTE — A year ago, the only question surrounding Louisiana-Lafayette’s baseball team was how deep its postseason run would be. The Ragin’ Cajuns returned their everyday lineup virtually intact and had a deep pitching corps with weekend starters all but identified before the season. True to form, the Cajuns were ranked No. 1 nationally for… Continue reading →

Big men are evolving into big-time passers for the Ragin’ Cajuns

Advocate Photo by Brad Kemp Louisiana-Louisiana forward Shawn Long (21) battles Georgia State players T.J. Shipes (31) and R.J. Hunter (21) for a rebound  during their game at the Cajundome Tuesday Jan. 6, 2015 in Lafayette, La.

LAFAYETTE — Roughly 10 months removed from having point guard Elfrid Payton patrolling the perimeter and initiating the offense, the Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball squad has counted on a collective effort to keep the ball moving. “We are a better passing team overall than last year,” coach Bob Marlin said. The Ragin’ Cajuns… Continue reading →