December 16, 20141st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceJSUWLIP
FG Percentage.222 (16-72) .446 (25-56)
3P FG Percentage.037 (1-27) .375 (9-24)
FT Percentage.632 (12-19) .813 (13-16)
Offensive Rebounds2411
Defensive Rebounds2236
Total Rebounds4647
Bench Points1428
PointsHardy-Fuller - 14
BLISS - 17
ReboundsHardy-Fuller - 10
AssistsBrothern - 2
StealsBrothern - 6
BlocksRoss - 1
Brothern - 1
St. John - 1
17 points from Bliss leads women's hoops past Jackson State
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
17 points from Bliss leads women's hoops past Jackson State

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team broke a three-game losing streak at home Tuesday night defeating Jackson State 72-45 inside Allen Arena.

“I thought the best thing was we started out the way we finished practice yesterday,” said Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown. “We had a very good week of practice and coming off of the UT game, we saw a lot of stuff that we really emphasized in practice carry over into the game. That’s where confidence comes from, when they see that and the demonstrated ability in a game and in practice.”

The Lady Bisons latched on to a promising lead midway through the first half. Lipscomb held the Lady Tigers to under 20 points until 13:30 in the second half when Demara Howard’s layup cut the Lady Bisons lead to 49-20.

“As Coach Meyer always said, ‘everything starts with a stop,’” Brown said. “That is certainly the way it goes defensively. We’ve got to get stops. It makes your offense a whole lot better because you can get set and do things like that. It gives you a better rhythm offensively.”

The Purple and Gold held JSU to its second-lowest point total this season. The Lady Tigers scored 44 points in an overtime loss to LSU on Nov. 17. It is also the fewest points allowed for Lipscomb since 2009 when the Lady Bisons defeated Presbyterian on Nov. 22, 2009.

Senior guard Sara Bliss led the Purple and Gold knocking down 17 points while freshman Amber Fuqua recorded a career-best eight points and four rebounds.

“We did a good job of getting the ball to Sara,” Brown said. “She was aggressive off the dribble. That’s Sara playing like a senior right there. She’s played well and practiced very well. She’s been a great leader for us the last couple of weeks.”

Lipscomb improves its record to 3-6 while Jackson State falls to 2-7.

Quick Hits:

  • Tuesday was the first-ever meeting between the two teams with Lipscomb taking the overall advantage.
  • Freshman Riley Northway collected a career-high five rebounds. Also picking up career highs were Emily Eubank who had four steals and sophomore Faith LeGate who chipped in two assists.
  • The Purple and Gold had the better night shooting. Lipscomb was successful in 44.6 percent of its field goal attempts while JSU was held to only 22.2 percent.
  • Bliss tallied 10-plus points in her fifth game this season and the 21st of her career.

Up Next: The Lady Bisons play host to Tennessee Tech Thursday Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. before traveling to Xavier Saturday Dec. 20 for the last game before the Christmas break.