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Troy women beat Louisiana 78-64, repeat as Sun Belt champs

La'Tia Fils-Aime' added 12 points for third-seeded Troy, which will make its third appearance in the NCAA Tournament (Photo Courtesy Troy Athletics)

ArJae' Saunders scored 13 points, Claresa Banks added 12 before each fouled out and Troy won back-to-back Sun Belt Conference Tournament championships after a 78-64 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday night.

La'Tia Fils-Aime' added 12 points for third-seeded Troy (22-10), which will make its third appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Troy was up by 10 points with 1:33 left in the first half but had its lead cut to 36-30. Louisiana's Troi Swain scored 11 points in the half but the Ragin' Cajuns struggled from the floor at 24.2 percent.

After two Troy offensive rebounds, Amanda Mendoza made a corner 3-pointer for a 62-55 lead with 6:43 left in the fourth. Swain pulled Louisiana to 70-64 on a 3-pointer with 1:31 to go but they didn't score again.

Swain led No. 5 seed Louisiana (20-11) with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting but the Ragin' Cajuns shot just 30.6 percent. Louisiana knocked off top-seeded Little Rock on Saturday by eight points and was seeking its first Sun Belt tourney crown.




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