|February 07, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||NKU|
|FG Percentage||.382 (21-55)||.370 (20-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.296 (8-27)||.238 (5-21)|
|FT Percentage||.700 (7-10)||.864 (19-22)|
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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Lady Bisons were unable to secure their first ever win against the Northern Kentucky Norse in a 64-57 loss on the road Saturday night.
After falling to the Norse in five previous matchups, including an 81-70 loss earlier this season, the Lady Bisons’ balanced scoring attack was not enough to defeat NKU on the road.
Despite leading by six at half time, the Lady Bisons lost their lead midway through the second half and could not regain it for the remainder of the contest.
“One of the differences between the first half and the second was that we got Rianna Gayheart out of the game,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said, “We knew they would make a run. That’s the way conference play is going to be. Most of the games are going to be six points or less, give or take.
“They made a run, we had a couple of breakdowns, but we held them under their season scoring average. Turnovers hurt us, and we had a couple of breakdowns late that cost us.”
Eight Lady Bisons scored in total during the game, with Southern leading the way with 16 points, 14 of which came in the second half, and nine rebounds. Southern shot 7-11 from the field, making an array of shots in the paint.
“We did a better job in the second half of getting her the ball, and she finished well” Brown said. “They did a good job in the first half of taking that away from us. Their length hurt us a little bit at times, she did a job and really played well in the second. We just need to consistently get her touches, and when they do double, we have to play off that better”
Kelli Smith and Chandler Cooper added nine and eight points respectively.
Danay Fothergill tied her career high in rebounds with 10, but came up short of her season scoring average with five points.
With another two-game road trip to Florida coming up, the team is hoping for better results against Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast.
“We played well against Stetson at home,” Brown said. “They lost today. Anybody in the league can beat each other. We’ve got to rebound from this, and work on some things we need to tighten up in the next three days to give ourselves a chance down in Florida.”
- On a night when she was celebrated before tipoff for scoring 1,000 career points, Melody Doss came up big for the Norse scoring 25 points. Doss shot 8-14 from the field, including 3-6 from behind the arc.
- Freshman Lauren Cagle played 27 minutes in the loss, 11 minutes above her season average. She totaled five points and three assists in the game.
- Sara Bliss filled out the statline with six points, seven rebounds, four assists and a steal.
- Point guard Emily Eubank was hampered with foul trouble throughout the night, but still managed to score six points in her 18 minutes of action.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will be heading down to Florida to take on Stetson on Feb. 12 and Florida Gulf Coast on Feb. 14.