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Northern Kentucky (15-10,11-3 A-Sun)
Lipscomb (5-20, 2-12 A-Sun)
2/22/2014 | Nashville, Tenn. (Allen Arena) | Attendance: 275
Friday, February 21, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After picking up back-to-back wins last weekend, the Lipscomb women’s basketball team returns to the court on Saturday for a 4 p.m. tip with Atlantic Sun foe Northern Kentucky inside Allen Arena. The game will be carried on ESPN3.
Saturday’s meeting will be the fourth in the series history. The Norse have won all three meetings (3-0), including a 72-65 victory over the Lady Bisons in Highland Heights on Jan. 25.
Lipscomb (5-19, 2-11 A-Sun) is looking for a third consecutive win for the first time since Dec. 4-18, 2010.
In the last meeting with the Norse, Chandler Cooper returned from injury and played a solid game, leading the team with 19 points on 6-of-17 shooting. She also pulled down six rebounds and dished three assists.
Ashley Southern collected a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lady Bisons got behind early 10-0 before fighting their way back in the second half to make it a three-point game. Melody Doss and the Norse never gave up the lead and pulled off the victory on its home court.
Since her return, Cooper is the team’s leading scorer at 17.9 per contest. She has been hot of late from behind the 3-point line, draining 14 in her last three contests.
She is just one of the many offensive weapons for the Lady Bisons, the second-leading offense in the A-Sun at 69.5 points per game.
Danay Fothergill owns the title of the league’s leading scorer. Fothergill is pouring in 18.7 per game in her sophomore campaign. She averaged 15 points, five rebounds and two-and-a-half assists in Lipscomb’s two wins over Jacksonville and North Florida last week.
Not only do the Lady Bisons possess the league’s leading scorer, they also roster the league’s leading rebounder in Southern. She pulls down 11.7 per game, which ranks 11th in the nation.
She had a career-day against the Ospreys her last time out, scoring a career-high 29 points to compliment 12 boards.
Southern now has 18 double-double on the year and is on pace to break the A-Sun’s single-season record of 21. She is 10th in the nation in double-doubles.
The Dolphins had five players score double-figures, led by Queen Alford’s 17.
Fothergill paces Greg Brown’s squad with a 19.2 scoring clip. Southern averages 15.1 points and leads the conference in rebounding with 11.9 boards per game.
In Southern’s last outing she failed to get a double-double for just the fifth time this season (eight points and six rebounds).
Chandler Cooper has made a strong comeback after reinserting herself into the lineup following an injury. Since her return, Cooper is pouring in 18.2 per contest with 21 made 3-pointers to lead the team.
She is coming off of her first career A-Sun Newcomer of the Week honor after torching Mercer with a career-high 31 points. Cooper tied current assistant coach Anna Bowers for the most made 3-pointers in a single-game with eight.
Northern Kentucky (14-10, 10-3 A-Sun) currently sits in third place in the conference. The Norse are coming off back-to-back home wins over Jacksonville and North Florida.
The Norse have two players averaging double-figures on the season, led by Doss’ 15.9 points. Kayla Thacker contributes 12.2 per game.
Doss is eighth in the A-Sun with 7.1 boards per contest.
Northern Kentucky has the league’s second best defense only giving up 63.1 points to opponents on the year.
If the stats tell anything, there will be a lot of made 3-pointers Saturday. Lipscomb is the A-Sun’s second best 3-point shooting team, having drained 178 on the year and 7.4 per game.
NKU has made 164 for the season, 6.8 per game.
After Saturday’s meeting, the Lady Bisons hit the road for Florida where they will face Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson next weekend. The FGCU game is scheduled for a 6:05 CT tip in Ft. Myers on Feb. 27.