LAFAYETTE, La. – Stetson concluded its 2015-16 season on Saturday night after the Hatters fell to Louisiana-Lafayette in the second round of the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) by the score of 56-47. The Hatters finish with a record of 20-12.
The Hatters got off to a great start as Sarah Sagerer and Brianti Saunders led the team to a 14-4 lead after the opening quarter. Stetson held the Ragin' Cajuns without a field goal until the final minute of the first quarter. in the opening 10 minutes. The second quarter saw the home team find its offensive rhythm, while the Hatters maintained their lead. Sagerer and Saunders combined for 12 points and 10 rebounds in the first two quarters and Stetson led 26-19 at the break.
The third quarter belonged to the Ragin' Cajuns as they outscored Stetson 24-9 to take their first lead of the game. The Hatters committed 21 turnovers in the opening three periods which allowed Louisiana-Lafayette a 28-12 advantage on points off turnovers. Stetson was unable to mount a comeback in the final quarter as the Ragin' Cajuns connected on 14-of-19 from the free-throw line.
Stetson ends the season with their sixth-straight 20-win season and will return everybody from this year's team. The Hatters also made their sixth consecutive postseason appearance and will look to build on this year's success to carry over momentum into the 2016-17 season.
Stetson vs. Louisiana-Lafayette WBI Tournament Notes
- Brianti Saunders scores 10 points tonight to move into the top-30 on the A-Sun's all-time scoring list. She will return for her senior season next year with 1,445 career points.
- The Hatters won their second-ever postseason game this year. The Hatters won the first round of the WNIT in 2014.
- Myka Johnson-Matthews scored 12 points tonight to lead the Hatters, and it marked her third consecutive double-digit scoring effort. She scored 10 points each against FGCU and McNeese State in the previous games.