|December 07, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UT||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.446 (29-65)||.345 (19-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.304 (7-23)||.304 (7-23)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (20-25)||.600 (6-10)|
Harrison - 16
FOTHERGILL - 1
SOUTHERN - 1
CAGLE - 1
Harrison - 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ashley Southern recorded her 24th career double-double, her second of the season, in the Lipscomb women's basketball team's 85-51 loss to the Tennessee Lady Vols inside Allen Arena Sunday afternoon.
“I think it’s just a great opportunity for our players to play on a stage like this,” said Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown. “You can appreciate what Holly (Warlick) does and what UT does to help grow the game. It’s great for our players to see a challenge, what it’s like to get to excellence and what it takes to maintain excellence.
“We’re on the front end of that right now and trying to build to that. It’s exciting. There are a lot of good things we can grow on as we head into conference play.”
Southern collected 12 points for the Lady Bisons and added 10 rebounds. Freshman Emily Eubank notched eight points of her own and knocked down two of her four 3-point field goal attempts.
The Lady Bisons held the Lady Vols scoreless up to the 17:41 mark. A jumper by Tennessee’s Bashaara Graves put the first points of the game on the board.
Following Graves’ field goal, Sara Bliss answered right back to give the Lady Bisons their only lead of the game at 3-2.
Tennessee would take back the advantage on a layup by Nia Moore, a lead Tennessee would not give up the remainder of the game.
“Coach Summitt and Coach Meyer always talked about you have to pick how you want to lose sometimes,” Brown said. “So we were going to have to make them beat us from the outside. We thought and we knew they could.
“But we wanted to limit the shots and get as many tough ones as we could. We just played a 1-2-2 and we dropped the point some. The key was we had to limit them to one shot and we did a very good job of that, most of the time. I think we got outrebounded by eight. All in all I was pretty proud of our effort.”
The scoring would be put on hold for almost three minutes before Tennessee began a 25-point run. Chandler Cooper pulled the Lady Bisons out of the drought knocking in a jumper from inside the paint.
“We just had to get stops,” Southern said. “We had to focus on getting a stop on every play so we don’t really have to worry about them. We just have to take care of what we’re doing.”
Brown felt the team played with poise and played tough despite the long-standing scoring opportunities by Tennessee.
“That’s what makes Tennessee, Tennessee,” Brown said. “They can make those runs. We have to get better where we don’t put ourselves in that position.
“I thought it was good we showed resilience, we came back and we played physical and we played tough. We’re not in the SEC fortunately so in our conference that will help us.”
Lipscomb drops to 2-6 on the season while Tennessee improves to 6-2.
- Sunday’s match was only the second-ever meeting between the two teams. The Lady Bisons traveled to Knoxville last season where the Purple and Gold dropped a 110-42. Tennessee is the only SEC opponent for Lipscomb this season.
“They had a scheduling conflict,” Brown said. “Instead of doing a two-for-one or a three-for-one, Holly did a home and home. She was good to us and we’re appreciative of that.”
- Eubank squared off with long-time friend Alexa Middleton Sunday afternoon. Middleton’s mother, Celeste, played basketball at Lipscomb under head coach Frank Bennett. She graduated in 1986.
“It felt like I was at Riverdale again,” Eubank said. “It was a great opportunity. It was cool to play against those kids again. I’ve watched them play and looked up to them so to play against them was a great opportunity.”
- Two Lady Bisons scored their first points of the season. Sophomore Faith LeGate put in a layup for her first field goal of the year. Freshman Amber Fuqua drained a three-pointer with 1:18 left in the game.
- The Purple and Gold more than doubled its points after halftime. The team scored only 15 points in the first half, but made an effort to fight back securing 36 for the second half.
- Tennessee out-rebounded Lipscomb 43-35, but the Lady Bisons kept the number close grabbing 25 defensive rebounds to Tennessee’s 28 and 10 offensive rebounds to Tennessee’s 15.
“I think we did pretty good,” Southern said. “We focused all week on everybody having somebody they’re boxing out and luckily everybody did their jobs. It helped us to get more rebounds.”
- Lipscomb shot 34.5 percent from the field and 60.0 percent from the charity stripe. Both teams capped off the night shooting 30.4 percent (7-23) from behind the arc.
- Eubank is the only freshman to make starts in all eight games for the Lady Bisons this season.
Up Next: The Lady Bisons will take a week off for finals, but will be back on the court Tuesday Dec. 16 as they host Jackson State at 6:30 p.m.
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