|December 29, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||GT|
|FG Percentage||.362 (21-58)||.429 (27-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.303 (10-33)||.423 (11-26)|
|FT Percentage||1.000 (1-1)||.545 (6-11)|
- 13||Kaela Davis
- 12||Aaliyah Whiteside
SMITH - 6
- 3||Imani Tilford
- 1||Nariah Taylor
Erin Garner - 1
ATLANTA, Ga. – Day one of the Georgia Tech Holiday Tournament is officially in the books with the Lipscomb women’s basketball team falling 71-53 to Georgia Tech Monday at the McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta.
Sara Bliss led the Lady Bisons scoring 13 points. Ashley Southern notched her fourth double-double of the season, her 26th career double-double, collecting 12 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Bliss was 5-for-9 on field goals making two three-pointers while Southern was 6-for-10.
“We did a lot of things that if we grow and carry those into conference, it’ll be good for us,” said Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown. “I like the way we got started. We have to cut down those spans where we have a couple turnovers or we don’t have some stops like we need to.”
The Purple and Gold held a short 9-7 lead in the beginning of the game after a pair of threes from Bliss and one from Chandler Cooper. After exchanging three-pointers the Yellow Jackets regained the lead with no intention to relinquish it.
“The score is obviously not what we wanted, but the challenge was to come down here and play a team like that then come back the next day and have another game, which puts you in the tournament mentality,” Brown said. “It is another way to grow.
“Everything we’re doing is trying to prepare us for these quick swings in the conference season and the conference tournament. We like what we saw. We’ll meet tonight, try to make some adjustments, and play tomorrow.”
The Lady Bisons shot 36.2 percent from the field while the Yellow Jackets shot 42.9 percent. Lipscomb was held to a season-low one free throw the whole game which was made by Bliss after a foul on a made layup.
“We set some very specific field goal percentage goals, and we were really close to that,” Brown said. “We set our own field goal percentage, turnovers, hustle plays, and a lot of the things we can control ourselves.
“It has nothing to do with who we play. We were very close on a lot of those. We had good support from people who came in. We just have to tighten up some things.”
Lipscomb (4-8) moves on to the consolation game Tuesday at 1 p.m. CT against Harvard (5-5) while Georgia Tech (9-4) advances to the championship game against Louisiana Tech (5-5) Tuesday at 3 p.m. CT.
- Monday was the first meeting between Lipscomb and Georgia Tech in the NCAA era.
- For the eighth-straight game, Southern has led the team in rebounding. Monday marks her 11th game this season as the leading rebounder.
- Freshman Emily Eubank continues her streak of assists registering six. Junior Kelli Smith broke her career high for assists contributing to six baskets.
- The Lady Bisons were knocked down to 29.4 percent shooting in the second half after shooting 45.8 percent in the first half.
- Freshman Amber Fuqua saw six minutes of action sinking two three-pointers, her career best.
- Georgia Tech’s Kaela Davis led the Yellow Jackets putting up 28 points and making six threes. She also added eight rebounds and four assists. Katarina Vuckovic, Roddreka Rogers, and Sydney Wallace all scored in double figures for Georgia Tech recording 10 points each.
- Tuesday’s game against Harvard will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
Up Next: Following Tuesday’s 1 p.m. game with Harvard to wrap up the Georgia Tech Holiday Tournament, the Lady Bisons will return home Monday Jan. 5 for the final nonconference match against Trevecca at 5 p.m.