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Lipscomb (3-13; 0-5 A-Sun)
Jacksonville (7-8; 4-0 A-Sun)
1/16/2014 | Swisher Gymnasium- Jacksonville, Fla. | Attendance: 287
Thursday, January 16, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It was a tale of two halves for the Lipscomb women’s basketball team Thursday night against Jacksonville.
Unfortunately the first half was nothing but a struggle for the undermanned Lady Bisons and Jacksonville took an 86-65 victory on its home court.
The Dolphins stifling defense dazed and confused the Lady Bisons for most of the night, forcing Lipscomb into 21 turnovers. Jacksonville scored 22 points off of those miscues.
“In the first half, we did an excellent job of getting fouled and getting to the line,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “We didn’t do as good a job in the second at drawing fouls, but I thought we played much, much better and were able to knock down shots.
“We just had too many turnovers. We had 21 tonight and that was probably the difference in the game down the line.”
After getting to the charity stripe 14 times in the opening stanza, Lipscomb only attempted four in the second. Good news was, the Lady Bisons made 17-of-18 for the game.
Running the point for the second-consecutive contest, Danay Fothergill opened up the game with a driving layup to get her team on the board. She would score the first six points for Lipscomb on her way to yet another outstanding night.
For the second-consecutive contest, Fothergill reached the 30-point plateau and finished with 32 points on 7-of-18 shooting, including four 3s. She set a career-high in free throws for a second-straight game, making 14-of-15. Fothergill has now made 27-of-30 from the line the past two games.
Using an in-your-face style of defense, Jacksonville forced turnovers on three straight possessions and raced out to a 10-point lead at 19-9 midway through the first half.
“Jacksonville sped us up tonight,” Brown said. “We talked about it before the game and said we could not allow them to speed us up mentally. It affected us tonight.”
Ashley Southern would knock down back-to-back jumpers to cut the deficit to six at 21-15 just under the eight-minute mark, but that was as close as Lipscomb would get the rest of the game.
Playing with a short bench, Lipscomb did not get much production offensively from the reserves. Fothergill and Southern combined for all 26 of Lipscomb’s first half points. Fothergill led the way with 17 and Southern added nine points and nine boards.
“A deep bench would have helped tonight,” Brown said. “It takes pressure off Danay sometimes. For her to handle the ball for 40 minutes and still get 32 points and to do the many things we ask her to do was great.”
The Dolphins led 41-26 at the break behind 51.5 percent shooting.
Half of the Lady Bisons first half points came from free throws, making 13. They shot 24 percent from the field and made just six field goals.
The second half was a different story.
Both teams started white hot in the second half, hitting five of the first six shots combined.
Faith LeGate got into the scoring column early in the period when she grabbed an offensive board off a Kelli Smith miss and put it back for the basket.
Like Brown had seen too many times before, every time his Lady Bisons needed a stop the most, they could not get one.
“We just give up too many easy baskets and have too many breakdowns,” Brown said. “We have too many situations where we give up an uncontested shot and some of that is slow reacting. It has to be fixed.”
Five minutes into the half, Jacksonville built its largest lead of the game at 23 on a Stephanie Edwards layup, making the score 64-41.
Following a media timeout, Brown subbed in Mallory Charpentier.
She began a mini 7-0 run for the Lady Bisons after draining a 3-pointer.
“Mal gave us some great minutes tonight,” Brown said. ”She brought great energy and effort for us tonight when we needed it.”
After going 25 minutes without getting a critical stop, Lipscomb finally began to slow down the sharp shooting Dolphins.
Southern converted three layups and Fothergill drained one of her three second half treys to get Lipscomb to within 13 at the 9:48 mark.
Just as quickly as its lead was cut, Jacksonville stretched it back to 19 on a pair of free throws from Jade Cargill.
“I thought two or three times when we got it back to within 13, we were just a possession or two away,” Brown said. “Then Jacksonville would make a play. Part of that is what five seniors will do to you. That is a veteran team and they know how to play.”
Lipscomb held Jacksonville without a point for four minutes and got it back to within 12 with 2:51 to play after Fothergill sunk four free throws.
The Lady Bisons got no closer and left Swisher Gym 3-13 overall and 0-5 in the A-Sun.
Jacksonville improved to 7-8 overall and an unblemished 4-0 conference record.
Fothergill added four assists with her 32 points in 40 minutes of play.
Southern collected her A-Sun leading 12th double-double behind 23 points and 13 boards. She tied a career-high with 10 made field goals.
LeGate finished with four points and three rebounds. Smith and Charpentier added three each.
Jacksonville was sharp all night offensively, making 31-of-58 shots for a 53.4 shooting percentage.
JU had five players finish in double-figures, led by Queen Alford’s 17. She also added seven rebounds. Scott Madison tallied 16 points.
Cargill finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points and nine boards.
Lipscomb has a quick turnaround as it faces North Florida in a 3:30 p.m. CST tip on Saturday.
“I feel good. I don’t think we are playing bad,” Brown said. “I think we just have so many opportunities for growth and that we have to keep growing in all areas. I certainly don’t like losing, but I don’t feel like we are playing bad.
“Certainly we have a lot to improve on defensively, but I feel good heading into North Florida. Our kids are pretty resilient. I don’t sense that they are down, they are just frustrated.”