FORT MYERS, Fla. – Despite jumping out to an early lead over the Atlantic Sun leading Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, the Lipscomb Lady Bisons fell to first place FGCU 69-43.
The Lady Bisons (8-16, 3-6) could not give the Eagles (23-2, 10-0) their first A-Sun loss of the season, which would have been Lipscomb’s first ever victory over FGCU in women’s basketball. The win was FGCU’s 18th in a row.
“We knew what they were going to do,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “We played pretty similar to how we usually do. They’re not going to do anything we don’t see everyday day in practice.
“We just have to execute better. They made a run at the end of first half, but I really liked our energy and effort.”
Lipscomb led the Eagles midway through the first half, but lost the lead before going into halftime. After hanging close for the beginning of the second half, FGCU widened their lead as the minutes counted down to zero.
Although the Lady Bisons struggled to score late in the second half, they held the prolific Eagles offense below their season scoring average.
“We kept trying to go four minutes at a time,” Brown said. “They made it tough for us to score, but we made it difficult for them at times as well.
“It was a physical game with both how the teams played and how it was called. Which is good, because that is how it will be played it the A-Sun tournament.”
Ashley Southern led the way for the Lady Bisons with 14 points and four rebounds.
Sara Bliss also scored in double-figures for Lipscomb with 12 points.
Whitney Knight paced FGCU with 17 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and four blocks. Kaniesha Atwater added 15 points for the Eagles.
After a long road trip against some of the A-Sun’s top teams, Lipscomb gets three of their last four games in a row at home.
“We went through a tough stretch, playing three of the top teams in the conference five times in two weeks,” Brown said. “We’ve been executing against them and have gotten better.
“We like what we’re seeing in the minutes being played and at practice. We’ve got three practices before our last stretch of games to get better.”
- Eubank’s seven assists led the team for the 17th time this season. She came into tonight’s game leading the A-Sun in assists per game with a 4.3 average.
- Danay Fothergill led the Lady Bisons in rebounds with seven. It is the sixth team she has led the team in rebounding this season.
- Chandler Cooper followed up her 24-point performance on Thursday night with a zero point game.
- Stephanie Haas also scored in double-figures for FGCU with 11 points to give them three double-digit scorers.
Lipscomb will be back in action Feb. 19 and 21 for a home stand against North Florida and Jacksonville.