|November 14, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||GASO||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.431 (28-65)||.467 (28-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.214 (3-14)||.471 (8-17)|
|FT Percentage||.682 (15-22)||.667 (16-24)|
Jones - 8
SOUTHERN - 8
Sams - 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team opened up regular season action with an 80-74 victory over Georgia Southern Friday at Allen Arena.
The Lady Bisons start off the season with a 1-0 record while the Eagles begin theirs at 0-1.
“It’s a good win,” said Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown. “Georgia Southern is a good Sun Belt Conference team. Two of their Preseason All-Conferences players played like it.
“But I’m proud of them for gutting it out and finding a way to win at the end. That’s huge for us.”
Sara Bliss led in scoring for the Purple and Gold collecting 22 points. She racked up five rebounds and four assists. Bliss was 9 for 14 from field goal range and 3 for 3 behind the three-point line.
“Sara did well,” Brown said. “She played like a senior. Her defensive position was better and she was able to finish on offense.
“She did a good job on executing and being aware of what the situations were when we made a call.”
Danay Fothergill scored 17 points while Ashley Southern had 12. Both grabbed eight rebounds.
Lipscomb snatched an early lead over the Eagles going on an 18-point run in the first half. Georgia Southern saw multiple opportunities including three three-point shots and eight field goals but couldn’t capitalize.
The Eagles began to push back putting their first points on the board in just more than seven minutes. A foul by Loren Cagle opened up a free throw opportunity for Angel McGowan who sank both free throw shots.
The Lady Bisons held their largest lead of the game with four minutes left in the first half after Cagle nailed a three-pointer to give the Purple and Gold a 22-point lead.
Trailing 42-27 at the half, the Eagles turned up the volume on defense for the second half in an attempt to make a comeback.
“We just told them to maintain their discipline,” Brown said. “If you maintain your discipline and do what we can do, it takes care of itself. We maintained discipline and got the stops in we needed.”
Georgia Southern cut the deficit to as little as three points with six-and-a-half minutes left in the game after a successful layup by Briana Jones. The Lady Bisons answered when Bliss put in a layup to bump the Lipscomb lead back up to five.
The Purple and Gold clutched the lead throughout the entire second half refusing to let it slip away. After exchanging fouls in the final seconds of the game, Fothergill made the final two free throws to help seal the win.
- It was the first-ever meeting between Lipscomb and Georgia Southern.
- Freshmen Kennedy Potts and Emily Eubank made their first collegiate starts on Friday. Potts logged 14 minutes while Eubank posted 23 minutes.
- Eubank made the most assists for the Lady Bisons collecting eight. Bliss and Southern both picked up four.
- Lipscomb led for a total 37:41 while Georgia Southern only saw a lead for 1:31.
- Southern was 5 for 12 for field goals and made two out of three free throws. Fothergill sunk three out of eight field goals and was 10 for 12 from behind the charity stripe.
- Lipscomb shot 46.7 percent on field goals, 66.7 percent on free throws, and 47.1 percent from three-point range.
Up Next: The Lady Bisons host Wright State Sunday at 2 p.m. inside Allen Arena before embarking on the first road game of the year at UAB on Nov. 19.
“Any win is a good win right now,” Brown said. “We will continue to just talk about discipline and show them some good things we did and the results of those good things.
“Then we’ll show them if you lose discipline on defense, this is the result of it. It’ll be a great learning process. Wright State is a great team, and we are looking forward to it.”