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Kennesaw State (4-10, 2-1 A-Sun)
Lipscomb (3-11, 0-3 A-Sun)
1/9/2014 | Nashville, Tenn. (Allen Arena) | Attendance: 810
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After a 40-day absence, the Lipscomb women’s basketball team finally returns to Allen Arena on Thursday night when the Kennesaw State Lady Owls visit for a 6 p.m. Atlantic Sun matchup.
This will be the 16th meeting in the series since Lipscomb joined NCAA Division I, with KSU holding the advantage, 10-5.
The A-Sun foes last met on Feb. 23, 2013 at the KSU Convocation Center when Lipscomb escaped Kennesaw with a 55-53 victory. The Lady Bisons held KSU to just 19 percent shooting in the second half and were paced by 12 points and nine boards from Alex Banks, while Kelli Smith added 11.
Lipscomb (3-10, 0-2 in the A-Sun) is coming off road defeats at ETSU and USC Upstate. The Lady Bisons had a game-tying 3-point shot blocked at the buzzer in Johnson City; while Upstate used an 18-4 second half run to break open a tie game and springboard itself to a 92-69 victory.
Danay Fothergill has had a hot hand of late for Lipscomb over its last three games. She is averaging 18 points per contest over that stretch, including a career-high and an A-Sun season-high, 31 points at ETSU.
Fothergill ranks second on the squad with a 17.4 scoring average.
Ashley Southern continued her strong sophomore campaign in the conference opener, pouring in 20 points and snagging 16 boards for her ninth double-double of the season.
Southern is fourth in the A-Sun in scoring, averaging 15.9 a game. She is first in rebounding, pulling down 11.7.
The Lady Bisons, who have been consistent all year shooting the long ball, have struggled in the past two games combining for eight made 3-pointers. They had a run of eight-consecutive games with at least six made treys before the road trip.
Heading into Thursday’s contest, Lipscomb stands third in the A-Sun in scoring offense, averaging 67.8 points per game. Kennesaw State ranks ninth at 59.3 per game.
The Lady Owls are 3-10 overall and 1-1 in the A-Sun. KSU is coming off a 74-63 loss to Jacksonville and a 59-51 win over North Florida to open conference play last week.
Kennesaw is led offensively by Kristina Wells, who is averaging 13.5 points a game. Wells ranks fourth in the A-Sun in rebounding, pulling down 8.8 per contest.
Thursday’s matchup will pit the A-Sun’s double-double leaders against one another in Southern and Wells. Southern has nine double-doubles and Wells has six.
Deandrea Sawyers is the only other double-digit scorer for the Lady Owls at 12.2 per game. Sawyers, a Nashville native, is starting to heat up after her fourth 20-point game of her freshman campaign against North Florida. She is averaging 17.7 in her last three.
Something must give in this matchup as Lipscomb is 0-3 at home and KSU is 0-6 on the road this season.
If Lipscomb can grab the win on Thursday, it will carry momentum into Saturday’s matchup with an 8-5 Mercer team that will visit Allen Arena for a 4 p.m. tip.
Thursday’s game with Kennesaw will be carried on ESPN3, with Justin Seamon and Brittany Jackson handling the broadcast. Links to the video feed and live stats are provided on Lipscombsports.com. If you are unable to watch, follow the Lipscomb women’s basketball team on twitter, @LipscombWBB for updates and live in-game scoring.