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Lipscomb (3-14, 0-6 A-Sun)
North Florida (5-11, 0-5 A-Sun)
1/18/2014 | Jacksonville, Fla. (UNF Arena) | Attendance: 605
Friday, January 17, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team has a quick turnaround on Saturday when it travels to North Florida for the second of a three-game road trip. The game is set to tip at 3:30 p.m. CST inside UNF Arena.
The Lady Bisons suffered their sixth consecutive loss Thursday night as the Jacksonville Dolphins took an 86-65 victory on their home court.
Lipscomb’s attention must now turn to the Ospreys.
Lipscomb has only beaten UNF twice and trails in the series, 2-13. The Ospreys swept both meetings last season. The Lady Bisons last win in the series came on Jan. 28, 2012 by a score of 73-64 in Nashville.
Either North Florida or Lipscomb will get its first Atlantic Sun win on Saturday as both teams are winless in the conference.
UNF is 4-11 overall, 0-4 in the A-Sun. Lipscomb enters the contest at 3-13 overall, 0-5 in league play.
Offense has not been a problem for Lipscomb this season. It is third in the conference in scoring at 68.5.
Redshirt sophomore Danay Fothergill leads the Lady Bisons, pouring in 20.6 points a game. She is coming off of her third 30-point game in five A-Sun contests. Fothergill scored 32 on Thursday against Jacksonville and is now averaging 25 points per game in league play.
Ashley Southern paces the Purple and Gold and is 11th in the nation pulling down 12.2 rebounds per contest. Southern is grabbing a double-double in 75-percent of her games this season and now has 12 in her sophomore campaign. She is on pace to break the A-Sun’s single-season record of 21.
Head coach Greg Brown hopes to get freshman point guard Maya Dillard on the floor Saturday after missing the last two games. The Dillard, Ga. native is averaging 10.3 points and 5.6 assists in league play. She only has seven turnovers in those three games.
North Florida opened A-Sun action with three straight road games before playing at home on Thursday in a 57-51 loss to Northern Kentucky.
The Ospreys are scoring a league worst 53.6 points per game and have only one double-digit scorer on the team, Destinee Smith at 10.3 per game.
Ki Conner, a senior from Pompano Beach, Fla., is second on the team at 8.3 points a game, but is coming off a season-high 20.
What North Florida lacks in offense, it makes up on defense. The Ospreys own the league’s best scoring defense, only allowing 60.7 points to their opponents.
A key to possessing the A-Sun’s best defense is to control the boards. And that is just what North Florida does. It gives up just 35.2 rebounds a game to opposing teams and has a plus-3.9 rebounding margin.
Paulina Zaveckaite leads the Ospreys with 7.4 boards per game.
The Lady Bisons are hoping to leave Florida with their first A-Sun win and head to Northern Kentucky next Saturday with some momentum. Saturday’s matchup against North Florida will be shown on A-SunTV and live stats will be available at LipscombSports.com.