|January 14, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||UPST|
|FG Percentage||.407 (24-59)||.422 (27-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.429 (9-21)||.286 (6-21)|
|FT Percentage||.688 (11-16)||.688 (11-16)|
COOPER - 7
FOTHERGILL - 3
CLENCY - 2
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Danay Fothergill extended her hot streak Wednesday night securing her third straight 20-plus point game in a 71-68 loss to USC Upstate in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Fothergill chipped in 21 points for the Lady Bisons, her 10th career game with 20 points or more, and added seven rebounds. Three other Lady Bisons scored in double figures with Sara Bliss and Chandler Cooper each scoring 12 points and Ashley Southern putting in 10.
“Danay’s been doing a real good job of looking for opportunities and being patient,” said Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown. “We did a good job of getting the ball on reversal. She’s been attacking her matchups well and finishing. She’s played with a lot of poise and leadership. That’s great to see.”
The Purple and Gold opened up the first half with a hot hand out-shooting the Spartans 41.9 percent to 37.1 percent. Lipscomb sank eight out of 13 three-pointers, tying for the most threes made in the first half this season.
The Lady Bisons clutched a solid lead going into halftime leaving the Spartans to trail 38-30. Both teams made adjustments during halftime, but it was USC Upstate who would see the most effective changes. After fighting for the advantage in the second half and three lead changes, Upstate gained the upper hand with 10:34 left in the game refusing to give it up.
“I thought all week our movement has been better and we’ve been able to carry it over from the defensive and offensive end,” Brown said. “I really liked our energy and effort. Some if it comes down to experience. We talked about that before the game. The only way you can get experience is to go through it sometimes, and now we’ve been through a tough game like this.
“We made some adjustments at halftime, and we adjusted well so I’m very pleased with their effort and their intensity. We just have to continue to shrink the margin of error. Overall we did a lot of things well.”
Upstate ranks second in the Atlantic Sun for offensive rebounds averaging 16.0 per game. The Lady Bisons held them to their average only allowing the Spartans to collect 16 rebounds on the offensive end.
“We kept them at their average, and we know they are going to get some,” Brown said. “Part of it is how they play, but we just had to limit as much as we could. We talk about trying to scrap out loose balls and get the balls that are on the floor. Those are the ones we have to get better at and make sure we can get.”
Overall the Lady Bisons shot 40.7 percent from the field (24-for-59) while the Spartans were 27-for-64 shooting 42.2 percent.
Both teams were on the hunt for their first conference win after the two teams were defeated this past Saturday by conference opponents. USC Upstate was able to improve its record to 9-8, 1-1 while Lipscomb dropped to 5-11 and 0-2.
- The Spartans extend their overall record against Lipscomb to 12-3 in the NCAA era.
- Freshman Emily Eubank posted seven assists marking her 11th-straight game with three or more.
- Cooper tied her career high for single game rebounds pulling down seven. She had seven rebounds against Florida Gulf Coast on Jan. 30, 2014 and ETSU on March 6, 2014. Also with seven rebounds, Fothergill and Cooper were the leading rebounders Wednesday.
- The Lady Bisons are 1-2 with four players scoring in double figures.
- Lipscomb only committed 11 turnovers while Upstate had 15. The Purple and Gold are 3-3 when allowing fewer turnovers than opponents.
Up Next: Lipscomb returns to Allen Arena Saturday Jan. 17 to square off with Kennesaw State at 4 p.m. before heading down south for games against Jacksonville on Jan. 22 and North Florida Jan. 24.