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North Florida (5-18, 1-11 A-Sun)
Lipscomb (5-19, 2-11 A-Sun)
2/15/2014 | Nashville, Tenn. - Allen Arena | Attendance: 387
Friday, February 14, 2014
Nashville, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team got its first home and conference win of the season Thursday night when the Lady Bisons defeated Jacksonville 94-79 and will now try to carry that momentum through the rest of the season.
Lipscomb will be working double-duty on Saturday as it not only plays host to North Florida, but will also host a fundraising effort for the Pat Summitt Foundation.
The “We Back Pat” festivities begin at 4 p.m. and all proceeds of the ticket sales will be donated to the Pat Summitt Foundation which funds research to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown was an assistant for Summitt at Tennessee.
ESPN3 will broadcast the A-Sun game.
The Lady Bisons (4-19, 1-11 A-Sun) continued their torrid 3-point shooting Thursday night, tying the school’s single-game record with 15 made 3-pointers. They knocked down 12 long balls at Mercer last Saturday.
Saturday’s contest will be the 17th meeting in the series history with UNF. The Ospreys hold a 14-2 advantage. The Lady Bisons last win against UNF was Jan. 12, 2012 in Nashville (73-64).
Chandler Cooper led Lipscomb with 22 points after hitting 5-of-10 from beyond the arc in the Jacksonville win. The redshirt freshman has now scored 20-plus in three straight games to up her scoring average to 16.2.
Kelli Smith scored a career-high 18 points. She hit four 3-pointers and moved into fifth place in NCAA school history with 61 career made treys.
Danay Fothergill bounced back with a solid game – 14 points, six rebounds and five assists - after failing to reach double-digits for the first time in her career at Mercer.
Fothergill paces Greg Brown’s squad with an 18.9 scoring clip.
Lipscomb ranks second in the Atlantic Sun with an offense that puts up 68.9 points per game. The Lady Bisons also rank second in the league with 7.3 made 3-pointers per game.
North Florida (5-17, 1-10 A-Sun) enters the game following a 78-65 defeat at Northern Kentucky on Thursday.
The Ospreys only league win of the season came against Lipscomb, a 78-66 victory on Jan. 18 in UNF Arena.
North Florida ranks last in the league only scoring 54.9 points per game. However, it boasts the league’s second-best defense, holding its opponents to only 62.9 per game.
Destinee Smith is the only double-figure scorer for UNF, putting up 11.1 per contest.
Paulina Zaveckaite leads the team in rebounding, pulling down 6.5.
The Lady Bisons and the Ospreys are fighting for a place in the A-Sun Tournament next month. If the Lady Bisons can get the win Saturday, it would put them above North Florida in the standings and in postion to grab the last spot in the tournament if they can stay ahead of North Florida the rest of the way.
To purchase tickets for the “We Back Pat” contest, visit http://www.lipscombtickets.com or call 615-966-HERD (4373).
After Saturday’s matchup, Lipscomb will get a week off before Northern Kentucky ventures to Nashville on Feb. 22 for a 4 p.m. tilt. The game will be carried on ESPN3 and will be the last of a three-game home stint for the Lady Bisons.