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Lipscomb (5-21 | 2-13 ASun)
FLORIDA GULF COAST (21-7 | 15-1 ASun)
2/27/2014 | Alico Arena - Fort Myers, Fla. | Attendance: 1549
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
FT. MYERS, Fla. – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team hits the road for its last regular season road trip of the year on Thursday when the Lady Bisons face Atlantic Sun co-leader Florida Gulf Coast.
The game is set to tip at 6:05 CT inside Alico Arena and will be carried on ESPN3.
Lipscomb (5-20, 2-12 A-Sun) is coming off a home loss to Northern Kentucky last Saturday. The Norse got 24 points and nine rebounds from Kayla Thacker to escape Allen Arena with a 61-57 victory.
The Lady Bisons started cold, hitting only 26 percent of its shots in the first half. But eventually found its rhythm in the second half to get it back to a 2-point game on multiple occasions.
Ashley Southern recorded her 19th double-double with 27 points and 10 boards. She earned the A-Sun’s Newcomer of the Week award for her performance. Chandler Cooper and Danay Fothergill added 11 and 10 points respectively.
Thursday’s contest will be the 13th meeting in the series history with FGCU in Lipscomb’s NCAA D-I era. The Eagles have never lost to the Lady Bisons and hold a (12-0) advantage in the series. The two teams met in Nashville on Jan. 30 when FGCU used 15 3-pointers to defeat Lipscomb 85-67.
Fothergill led the Lady Bisons with 20 points, five rebounds and four assists. Cooper drained four 3-pointers on her way to 16 points, while snagging seven boards.
On the year, Fothergill paces Greg Brown’s squad and leads the A-Sun with an 18.3 scoring clip.
Lipscomb ranks second in the Atlantic Sun with an offense that puts up 69 points per game.
FGCU (20-7, 14-1 A-Sun) enters the contest having won six in a row. The Eagles defeated North Florida last Saturday 80-54 in Jacksonville.
FGCU sports an 11-2 record on its home court, its only losses coming to Virginia and Saint Joseph’s.
Florida Gulf Coast ranks third in the league scoring 68.3 points per game and boasts the A-Sun's top scoring defense, holding opponents to 59.2 per contest.
The long ball should be falling Thursday, as Lipscomb and FGCU are the top two 3-point shooting teams in the league. FGCU leads the A-Sun with 269 made treys and averages 10 per game. Lipscomb is second in the conference with 186 made bombs and averages 7.4 each time out.
The A-Sun’s Player of the Week, Sarah Hansen, leads FGCU in scoring at 14 per game. Her seven rebounds per contest are also tops on the team.
Whitney Knight and Stephanie Haas are the Eagles’ only other double-figure scorers. Knight pours in 12.3 while Haas adds 11.5
After Thursday’s matchup, Lipscomb will get hit the road for DeLand, Fla., where the Lady Bisons will take on Stetson in a noon CT tilt on March 1.