NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In its last tune up before the regular season the Lipscomb women’s basketball team topped Berea College 75-41 in exhibition play Friday night inside Allen Arena.
Ashley Southern recorded a double-double for the Lady Bisons with 19 points and 12 boards. She also added four blocks, two assists and two steals in the win.
“Ashley was very active tonight and that was good,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “It started with her communication and aggressiveness from practice. They all have to understand that it has to be a consistent habit. They only thing you do consistent is what you do in practice.”
The teams opened the game trading baskets before Lipscomb used an 8-0 run to grab its first double-digit lead at 19-8 on a Kennedy Potts jumper.
Berea got five quick points from Rayven Shead to help cut the lead to six (21-15), but that would be as close as the Mountaineers would get the rest of the night.
Lipscomb created 17 of its 31 turnovers on the night in the first half and built a 36-25 lead at the intermission.
Lipscomb continued to put pressure on Berea early in the second half, getting 10 quick points from Southern and senior Sara Bliss to spark an 18-1 run over a six-minute span to make it a 54-32 lead at the 10:20 mark.
Brown did not like the defensive effort from the Lady Bisons in last week’s loss to Freed-Hardeman, but he thought the key to the win Friday was the defensive performance.
“I thought we did a much better job tonight of carrying over what we emphasize on in practice,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “Coach (Don) Meyer used to always say, ‘it’s not what you teach, it’s what you emphasize.’
“We talked a lot about positioning and talking this week. My initial impression is we were better in those areas. But have to continue to grow in those areas and tighten up some other areas. We have to play that way. We showed last year that we can score the ball, but if you want to win, you have to stop. Everyone that came in tonight really brought something.”
Fothergill and the Lady Bisons clamped down defensively holding Berea to just 16 second-half points.
Fothergill scored eight of her 14 points after the break, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the line. She also collected five rebounds and swiped four steals.
Brown shook up the lineup Friday and plugged three true freshmen into the starting five.
“I don’t look at it as having five starters,” Brown said. “I think we have so many opportunities for matchups and everyone is capable of starting.
“We are looking for the best five that can start, the next five that can raise the level of play, and five to close this game down. We did a very good job today of buying into that.”
Freshman Riley Northway added 10 points to round out Lipscomb’s double-figure scorers.
Jamie Roberts was the lone Mountaineer in double figures with 10. Alexus Calhoun led BC with 10 rebounds.
The Lady Bisons finished the night shooting 41 percent from the floor compared to just 35 percent from Berea.
- Freshman Kennedy Potts got the start and dished a game-high four assists. She also had nine points and three rebounds.
- Freshman point guard Emily Eubank added eight points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
- Lipscomb took the rebounding advantage, 41-34.
- The Lady Bisons went 5-17 (29.4) from 3-point range and hit 18-26 (69.2 %) from the charity stripe.
- Four Lady Bisons’ swiped 2-plus steals.