Louisiana Lafayette Claims 2015 WBI Title

Louisiana Lafayette Claims 2015 WBI Title

The Ragin' Cajuns of the University of Louisiana Lafayette defeated Siena University 52-50 in a thrilling final to the 2015 Women's Basketball Invitational. Louisiana claimed the tournament championship in front of a home crowd of loud home crowd at Earl K. Long Gymnasium on campus.

The Cajuns had the lead through much of the first half and extended it to as many as 14 points with 12:15 to go. The Saints of Siena chipped away at the lead and eventually grabbed a one point advantage (48-47) on two free throws by Tehresa Coles with 1:44 remaining in the game. ULL's Robbie Brown drilled a three pointer on the next possession for the home team to give the Cajuns the lead for good. Siena had a chance to tie the game late but the Cajuns forced a turnover and Brown made a FT with :02 left to claim the win.

Louisiana won four games in the WBI and finished its championship season with a 23-12 record. Meanwhile, Siena went 3-1 in the WBI and concluded the 2014-15 campaign with a 22-13 mark. Keke Veal led all scorers in the title game with 20 points and six rebounds and earned WBI Most Valuable Player honors. She was joined on the squad by teammates Jaylyn Gordon and Kia Wilridge. Teresa Coles represented Siena on the All-Tourney squad which was rounded out by Precious Bridges from Mercer University and Vicky McIntyre of Oral Roberts University.

Louisiana is the first Sun Belt Conference team to win a title in the six WBI postseason tournaments.