|December 18, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||TTU||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.382 (21-55)||.447 (21-47)|
|3P FG Percentage||.217 (5-23)||.480 (12-25)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (6-9)||.783 (18-23)|
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team enjoyed a 72-53 victory over the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles Thursday night in Allen Arena in the team’s final home game before the Christmas break.
The Lady Bisons (4-6) snatched an early lead and refused to give the Golden Eagles (2-8) control of the score throughout the duration of the game. Lipscomb held a 26-21 lead going into halftime before picking up the speed offensively to add 46 points to TTU’s 32 in the second half.
“One of the key stats is 19 assists on 21 baskets,” said Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown. “It really shows the unselfishness and the ball reversal we had and being ready to shoot it.
“We challenged them with the threes to catch and be ready. It was a very balanced effort. Everyone came in and produced. It was a very good week in practice and in these two games.”
The match was only the second game this season in which the Purple and Gold out-rebounded its opponent pulling down 35 to TTU’s 29.
Junior forward Ashley Southern picked up her 25th career double-double, her third of the season, putting in 19 points and securing 11 rebounds. She was 6-for-15 from the field and sunk seven of her eight free throws.
“She showed a lot of poise in the second half,” Brown said. “She did a good job of slowing down and reading the defense, and being aggressive going to the basket. I’m proud of her effort. She cleaned up on the boards, and Bliss with nine rebounds as well is a very solid effort right there.”
For the first time this season the Lady Bisons had four players score in double figures. Adding to Southern’s 19 were Sara Bliss and Chandler Cooper who chipped in 12 points each while Danay Fothergill contributed 10.
“I think a lot of it goes back to having good looks on baskets because the ball was moved,” Brown said. “We shot the ball with confidence, and that’s one of the things we talked about. They are good shooters and good players so when they are in a rhythm and the ball moves, good things are going to happen.”
- The two teams have only faced each other five times since 2008, with Tennessee Tech holding an overall advantage 3-2.
- Thursday’s game marked the fifth-straight game Emily Eubank has made four or more assists topping off the night with seven.
- Lipscomb had the hot hand shooting 44.7 percent, the team’s second-best field goal percentage this season, while the Golden Eagles were held to 38.2 percent.
- The Lady Bisons drained a season-high 12 three-pointers.
- Fothergill improved her career high in assists with six against TTU.
- Cooper’s 12 points were all scored from behind the arc.
Up Next: Before heading home for Christmas, the Lady Bisons will play one last game as they travel to Cincinnati, Ohio Saturday Dec. 20 to face Xavier.
“We still have to take care of the ball and rebound,” Brown said. “They are starting to see that and get a good feel of it. Confidence comes from demonstrated ability so from Tennessee to TTU to Jackson State, they are building on that. We’ve got to come in tomorrow and have a good practice and continue to build.”