|January 29, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
Florida Gulf Coast
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.429 (24-56)||.311 (14-45)|
|3P FG Percentage||.344 (11-32)||.263 (5-19)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (12-16)||.800 (16-20)|
COBB - 4
SOUTHERN - 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lady Bisons struggled out of the gate in a 71-49 loss to Florida Gulf Coast.
Lipscomb (8-12, 3-3) could not seem to find their shot early on, which helped the Eagles (19-2, 6-0) build an insurmountable first half lead. Despite a charge early in the second half, the Lady Bisons were unable to mount a comeback.
“They disrupt your rhythm,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “They take you out of what you want to do.
“They’re a little more physical on cuts, and a lot of it is experience. They’ve got a veteran-laden team that’s been in these situations.”
In a first half that was a defensive battle, neither offense was able to score a basket for the first five minutes of action. Both teams ramped up their scoring output in the second half with each team more than doubling their first half total.
“We did a great job early on defensively,” Brown said, “We just couldn’t get the scores. A team like that, you have to be able to put stops and scores together and make a run out of it.”
Ashley Southern led the Lady Bisons in scoring with 12 and rebounding with 10, earning her sixth double-double of the season and 27th of her career.
Emily Eubank was the only other starter to finish in double figures with 11, tying her career high. Alex Banks stepped up and added 10 points off the bench as some of the usual scorers struggled.
“Winning or losing, you’ve got to look for those opportunities to grow,” Brown said. “There’s a lot of good stuff that we did. We made runs; we’ve just got to figure out how to close it.
“If things go well, you get them again in the tournament. We’ve got to continue to grow. It’s a long season to go.”
- The Lady Bisons shot 14-45 from the field for a 31.1 shooting percentage.
- Southern was Lipscomb’s leading rebounder for the 17th time out of the 20 games played this season.
- Whitney Knight led the Eagles with 18 points and eight rebounds. FGCU has now won 14 games in a row.
- The A-Sun’s two leaders in three-pointers made per game combined for only 16 on the night. FGCU had 11 and Lipscomb had five.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons’ next contest will be a matchup with the Stetson Hatters on Saturday at 4 in Allen Arena.