|December 20, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||XU|
|FG Percentage||.283 (15-53)||.382 (21-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.190 (4-21)||.304 (7-23)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (4-6)||.591 (13-22)|
BLACKWELL - 11
AIJANEN - 6
SOUTHERN - 1
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team wrapped up its final game before the Christmas break falling 62-38 to Xavier Saturday afternoon at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“We struggled with not taking care of the ball,” said Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown. “That put us in a bind getting some shots. They are athletic and strong and that took away a lot of looks.
“We missed some open shots we’ve hit the last couple of days, but this was a good challenge playing three games in a week. It’s the first time we’ve done that so there are a lot of lessons to learn from it.”
The Purple and Gold led by as many as seven points in the first half. Back-to-back turnovers by Chandler Cooper opened up scoring opportunities for Xavier’s Maddison Blackwell and Kindell Fincher that would give the Musketeers control of the score for the remainder of the game.
“I felt we kept competing and kept fighting and that’s what we have to do,” Brown said. “We gave ourselves chances, but by the end of it there were too many turnovers, which kind of did us in.
“But all-in-all it’s been a good two weeks for us. This will be a good time to go home and get healed up a little bit. We’ll refresh and come back, play these three games, and get ready for conference.”
Brown feels the team has made headway in its rebounding game since taking on Tennessee. The Purple and Gold pulled down 38 rebounds against Xavier who picked up 40.
“We’ve done a much better job the last three games, and that’s something that’s kept us in the game,” Brown said. “They’ve started to take a little pride in that and understand how important it is and how intensive they have to be about it.
“That’s certainly something for us to build on, and that’s part of the reason we’ve gotten some good defensive stops these last few games.”
Cooper went on to lead Lipscomb putting up 10 points and making one steal. She shot 3-for-9 from the field and made three out of four free throws. Ashley Southern recorded the most rebounds for the seventh-straight game bringing in 11.
The Lady Bisons fall to 4-7 while Xavier makes the climb to 8-3.
- Xavier improves its overall series record with Lipscomb to 3-0.
- Lipscomb’s 38 points is the lowest point total for the Lady Bisons this season, the lowest since Feb. 25, 2013 when the Purple and Gold fell to Mercer 55-31. It is also the first time Lipscomb has scored less than 40 points since Brown’s first year as head coach.
- The Lady Bisons shot a season-low 28.3 percent from the field and were held to only 19 percent from three-point range. They also attempted a season-low six free throws making four (.667).
- Lipscomb recorded 26 turnovers, the second-most turnovers this season. The team turned the ball over 28 times against Tennessee State on Nov. 22.
- Southern has been the leading rebounder in eight out of the team’s 11 games played.
Up Next: After the Christmas break Lipscomb will lace back up for the Georgia Tech Holiday Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia. The Lady Bisons will play Georgia Tech on Dec. 29 at 3 p.m. and either Louisiana Tech or Harvard on Dec. 30 at 1 p.m.