|December 30, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||HARV||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.452 (28-62)||.421 (24-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.406 (13-32)||.355 (11-31)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (15-20)||.500 (4-8)|
SOUTHERN - 14
McDonnell - 9
SOUTHERN - 1
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team returns home from Atlanta winless after dropping an 84-63 decision to Harvard at the Georgia Tech Holiday Tournament Tuesday afternoon at the McCamish Pavilion.
Harvard (6-5) gained control of the score at the beginning leaving Lipscomb (4-9) to fight an uphill battle to stay in the game.
“We played hard in the spots,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “You can’t pick and choose when you want to execute and when you want to play hard. When we did execute and we did play hard, we looked good. We got it back to seven, then we gave up a series of offensive rebounds.”
Having kept a tight rebounding margin in their last few games, the Lady Bisons were out-rebounded 46-to-24 and committed 17 turnovers.
“You can’t give up 18 offensive rebounds and have 17 turnovers,” Brown said. “That goes back to what we talked about coming into the game, which was taking care of the ball, being tight with it, and executing the things we can control. Obviously those are the things we will need to work on when we get back.”
Lipscomb improved its shooting game from 31 percent in the first half to 53.6 percent in the second half. The team finished with a 42.1-field goal percentage overall, marking the fifth game this season the Purple and Gold has shot over 40 percent.
“We did a better job of working the ball inside out in the second half, and that’s a plus,” Brown said. “That’s a good thing to take from it. That’s the whole key.
“We keep taking parts of it, and we’ve got to be able to put the parts together and carry them over from practices to games. That has to be the next level of growth for us.”
Chandler Cooper and Ashley Southern led the way for Lipscomb collecting 14 points each. Cooper was 5-for-14 from the field sinking four three-pointers while Southern was 6-for-13 and added a team high nine rebounds.
Also scoring in double figures for the Lady Bisons were Sara Bliss and Danay Fothergill with 11 and 10 points respectively.
- Tuesday was the first-ever meeting between Lipscomb and Harvard. It was also Lipscomb’s first matchup with an Ivy League school.
- Tuesday was Lipscomb’s second game seeing four players scoring in double figures. Harvard had three players make it into double figures, seniors Temi Fagbenie (14), Annmarie Healy (16), and Erin McDonnell (19).
- Bliss improved her career high for steals in a game to four. She made three steals at Jacksonville on Jan. 16, 2014 and again at UAB on Nov. 19, 2014.
- Freshman Emily Eubank made four assists, marking her eighth-straight game with three or more assists in a game.
- The team made 11 out of 31 three-pointers posting the second most three-point attempts and second most three-pointers made this season. The Purple and Gold attempted 33 Monday against Georgia Tech and made 12 threes against Tennessee Tech.
- Lipscomb shot exactly 50.0 percent from the free throw line, the team’s lowest free throw percentage this season.
- The team’s 24 rebounds are the fewest rebounds collected in a game this season.
Up Next: The Lady Bisons will have the rest of the week off, but will be back at home to host Trevecca in the final nonconference game of the season Monday Jan. 5 at 5 p.m.