November 25, 20141st2ndFinal
Murray St.373774
Stats at a GlanceLIPMUR
FG Percentage.413 (26-63) .517 (31-60)
3P FG Percentage.400 (10-25) .200 (2-10)
FT Percentage.692 (9-13) .500 (10-20)
Offensive Rebounds1112
Defensive Rebounds2528
Total Rebounds3640
Bench Points1711
PointsSOUTHERN - 21
KIRBY - 18
JAMES - 18
ReboundsSOUTHERN - 12
AssistsBLISS - 7
StealsPOTTS - 2
BlocksSOUTHERN - 2
Southern double-double not enough to hold off Murray State
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Southern double-double not enough to hold off Murray State

MURRAY, Ky. – Ashley Southern notched her first double-double of the season as the Lipscomb women’s basketball team fell 74-71 to Murray State Tuesday night.

The Lady Bisons may not have picked up the victory, but the team refused to go down without a fight.

“I thought we did a lot of things really well,” said Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown. “We had a much more patient offense. We had 21 assists on 26 baskets, and that’s excellent. I thought we showed a lot of maturity from the last game to this game.

“We had a small margin of error. That’s the point we are at now is trying to tighten those things down and I think that we’ll show some significant growth.” 

Southern was 10-for-21 from the field collecting 21 points. She also added 12 rebounds and even made a three-pointer.

“Ashley did well,” Brown said. “They did a good job of finding her and she did a good job of working to get open.

“That’s Ashley. She did what she’s capable of and we need that from her. She played a lot more relaxed and grew from last week.”

The Racers held a tight grip on the lead much of the first half until a three-pointer by Loren Cagle knotted the score at 25.

After a turnover by Murray State’s Netanya Jackson, Chandler Cooper sunk a three-pointer that gave Lipscomb its first lead of the game. The Lady Bisons went into halftime with a 44-37 advantage.  

The Purple and Gold took its turn securing the lead throughout the second half. At the 3:51 mark, Olivia Cunningham made a layup that would put the Racers back in the lead for the remaining minutes of the game.  

The Lady Bisons had two other players in double digits. Danay Fothergill scored 13 points while Sara Bliss chipped in with 11.

Costly turnovers have been a struggle for the Purple and Gold after committing 22 against Wright State and 28 against Tennessee State. However, the Lady Bisons refused to meet the same fate against Murray State keeping turnovers down to 14.

“We were more patient with the ball,” Brown said. “We had more poise and better balance. We had to get rid of the turnovers we could control and we did a much better job of that. It’s just simple, fundamental things we have to continue to be solid in.”

Lipscomb hit 26 of 63 field goals (41.3 percent) while going 10-for-25 from three-point range (40.0 percent).

The Lady Bisons fall to 1-4 on the season while the Racers advance to 3-2.

Quick Hits:

  • Murray State continues to lead the overall series with Lipscomb improving the Racers’ record to 4-2 over the Lady Bisons in the NCAA era.
  • Southern’s double-double was her 23rd of her career. She also tied her career high for most field goals made with 10.
  • Tuesday’s game marks the second time this season the Lady Bisons held the lead going into halftime. The Purple and Gold went into halftime with the advantage against Georgia Southern on Nov. 14.

Up Next: The Lady Bisons will spring back into action Saturday Nov. 29 to take on Morehead State in Morehead, Kentucky at 3:15 p.m.

“The good thing is they get a couple of days off to rest and recharge themselves,” Brown said. “I told them we have to use this to continue the things we did well. And the things we have to work on, we have to focus on before we go to Morehead.”