Louisiana's Ragin' Cajun women's basketball team won their 2nd consecutive WBI (Women's Basketball Invitational) championship Saturday, defeating Weber State in double overtime by the score of 87-85.

The victory gave Garry Brodhead's squad their 25th win of the season, tying a school record (2006). It also sent five seniors out on a winning note.

For Kia Wilridge, Keke Veal, Brooklyn Arceneaux, Jasmin Mills and Adrienne Prejean, they end their careers with back to back WBI championships.

Wilridge's last game as a Cajun was a good one. She finished with a career-high 32 points, as her team needed every one of them to get by the feisty Weber State Wildcats.

Louisiana trailed after the first quarter 16-13, tied it up at halftime at 31 apiece, and trailed by as many as 8 before taking a second half lead.

Up 2 with 8 seconds left in regulation, the Cajuns gave up a game-tying buzzer beater by Brittney Dunbar, forcing the game into OT.

With 7.6 seconds left in the 2nd overtime, the Wildcats inbounded the ball after a Cajun free throw but never got a shot off due to a smothering Cajun defense.

"To get a stop at the end of the game was great," said Brodhead. "I think it (the defense) was awesome."

Wilridge and Simone Fields each finished with double-doubles of 17 points and 11 rebounds, collectively playing 94 minutes.

Louisiana's defense was key Saturday. The Wildcats outshot the Cajuns 55.6% to 41.7%, but UL forced an impressive 28 turnovers.

In a game with 15 lead changes and 12 ties, the Cajuns overcame adversity to earn another WBI plaque for their trophy case, ending a successful season on a fitting note.

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