|January 17, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||KSU||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.383 (23-60)||.538 (28-52)|
|3P FG Percentage||.269 (7-26)||.500 (6-12)|
|FT Percentage||.471 (8-17)||.708 (17-24)|
FRYE - 5
EUBANK - 4
SAWYERS - 1
SOUTHERN - 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lady Bisons earned their first Atlantic Sun victory of the season, 79-61, over Kennesaw State, one of the top teams in the conference.
Lipscomb improved to 6-11, 1-2 in the A-Sun Saturday afternoon at Allen Arena. The Owls (13-5, 2-1) came into the contest tied for first with Florida Gulf Coast in the A-Sun standings and tied with Stetson or the second best overall record in the conference.
Ashley Southern earned a double-double in the game with a team high 26 points and 10 rebounds. It was the fifth double-double of the season for Southern and the 27th of her career.
Southern’s tied her season high for points which she scored in Lipscomb’s 80-60 loss to Belmont in December.
“Off and on all year we’ve done it for thirty minutes or offensively we’ve scored and couldn’t get stops or vice-versa,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “We were able to put things together tonight for extended periods of time. It’s good because we’ve done it in practice. It’s finally good to see us do something in a game that we’ve been practicing pretty well.”
Danay Fothergill and Chandler Cooper both notched double-digit points with 18 and 16 respectively. Fothergill added eight rebounds and four assists. Cooper knocked down four of her eight three-point attempts.
Brown explained that as Southern was dominating in the paint, the defense would collapse in allowing the perimeter players plenty of room to score.
“They were going to switch some, so we took advantage of that early,” Brown said. “Our guys did a great job of finding the open person in the matchups that we had. It was everybody working together, which was great to see.”
The Lady Bisons attacked the Owls early and often, jumping out to a 35-26 halftime lead. Lipscomb’s potent three-point attack did not materialize until the second half; so much of the first half was spent pounding the ball down low against Kennesaw’s physical post players.
“We did a good job of spacing,” Brown said. “It’s always been said that spacing is offense and offense is spacing. We were able to take advantage of that, and that gave us the opportunity to go inside.”
The 18-point victory marked Lipscomb’s largest conference win since Jan. 2, 2010, a 79-60 victory over Stetson.
“With a young team like this they get a little frustrated because they’re doing things well and they couldn’t get the win,” Brown said. “They see spurts of it, and they see it in practice. Now they can kind of breathe a little bit.”
- Lipscomb shot 17-24 from the free throw line. Kennesaw only shot 8-17 from the charity stripe.
- Southern, Fothergill and Cooper combined for 60 of the team’s 79 points. Starters Sara Bliss and Emily Eubank added six and five points respectively.
- Eubank led the Lady Bisons in assists for the 12th game in a row. Her four assists tonight were matched by Fothergill.
- Kennesaw State was led by Deandrea Sawyers 24 points and nine rebounds. Aaeron Smith also scored in double figures with 16.
- Lipscomb held Kennesaw’s Kristina Wells to zero points on the night. Wells came in with a 10.7 per game scoring average.
Up Next: Lipscomb will be heading to Florida to take on Jacksonville and North Florida on Jan. 22 and 24. The games will tipoff at 6 p.m. and 1 p.m. respectively.