December 02, 20141st2ndFinal
Lipscomb352560
BELMONT394180
Stats at a GlanceLIPBEL
FG Percentage.387 (24-62) .509 (28-55)
3P FG Percentage.133 (2-15) .308 (8-26)
FT Percentage.588 (10-17) .615 (16-26)
Offensive Rebounds512
Defensive Rebounds2238
Total Rebounds2750
Turnovers813
Steals52
Bench Points621
LeadersLIPBEL
PointsSOUTHERN - 26
JOUBRAN - 18
ReboundsSOUTHERN - 7
JOUBRAN - 13
AssistsEUBANK - 4
TARRENCE - 7
StealsBLISS - 2
COOPER - 2
CARROLL - 1
LUFFMAN-HARTSFIELD - 1
BlocksTHOMPSON - 2
Wave of Belmont rebounds prompts 80-60 Lipscomb loss
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Wave of Belmont rebounds prompts 80-60 Lipscomb loss

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team couldn’t match Belmont’s intensity Tuesday night at the Curb Event Center dropping an 80-60 result to the Bruins.

“I thought we were aggressive in the first half,” said Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown. “When they started switching in the second half, we were a little more passive. We did a good job getting to the rim, but we got killed on the boards.”

Ashley Southern led the Lady Bisons in scoring with 26 points and recovered seven rebounds. Southern was 11-for-18 from the field and made four out of five free throws. Senior Sara Bliss added 17 points to the Lady Bisons’ score and made two steals.

“Sara played like a senior who was playing her last year here,” Brown said. “We’ve got to have that. We’ve got to match her intensity every night. She’s played very hard, not just the last week, but she’s really dialed it up and we’ve got to get more people playing like that consistently.”

The Lady Bisons only led by three points in the first two minutes of the match after Bliss sunk a three-pointer. However, the Lipscomb lead was cut short soon after when Belmont’s Lauren Thompson hit a jumper that would begin the Bruins advantage for the remainder of the game. 

Brown and the coaching staff have expressed the importance of maintaining discipline after two games resulted in excessive turnovers. The Lady Bisons continue to demonstrate the lesson learned by cutting turnovers to eight against the Bruins. However, the team was out-rebounded by 23.

“We took care of the ball, but we’ve got to finish better,” Brown said. “We took seven more shots than they did, and we still got out-rebounded. If you give up 12 offensive rebounds and get out-rebounded by 23 it’s going to be difficult.

“We’ve got to get more second-chance shots. There is a lot of opportunities for growth and a lot of things we do well. The good thing is when we get through exams it’ll give us some time to really work on some things.”

The Purple and Gold shot 38.7 percent on field goals and 58.8 percent from behind the charity stripe.

Both teams left the Curb Event Center with a record of 2-5.

Quick Hits:

  • Southern broke her career-single game high for field goals made hitting 11.
  • The Lady Bisons only made two out of 15 three-pointers. Both were made in the first half, one by Bliss and one by Chandler Cooper.
  • Lipscomb scored 38 points inside the paint and 54 of the team’s 60 points were scored by the starters (Southern, Bliss, Cooper, Danay Fothergill, and Emily Eubank).
  • Tuesday’s game is the second time this season the Lady Bisons have allowed 80-plus points.
  • Southern’s 26 points against the Bruins marks her third season and 12th career game scoring 20-plus points and her 12th career game.