NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Led by a career night from Sara Bliss, the Lipscomb Lady Bisons came up just short in a back and forth affair with North Florida 57-54.
Bliss, the lone senior on Lipscomb’s roster, scored 22 points on 9-13 shooting, including 4-6 from three-point range. She tied her career high for points scored and field goals made.
“Bliss moved well without the ball,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said, “We did a good job of making that extra pass, and then playing off the dribble to get her some open looks.”
A 9-2 run to end the first half gave Lipscomb the lead heading into halftime. The lead would then switch between the two teams consistently throughout the second half.
“I thought we matched their hot start by coming back and finishing the first half on a 9-2 run,” Brown said. “We challenged them by coming out in the second half, in those first four minutes especially, the same way.”
The Lady Bisons took the lead on several occasions late in the game, and even seemed to have a win within their grasp in the last minute of play. Missed free throws and field goals plagued Lipscomb in the end, giving the Ospreys the win in the final moments.
‘We didn’t get enough of an inside-outside game to get us going,” Brown said. “A lot of those shots are ones Southern’s used to knocking down. The law of averages got us a little bit there.
“They controlled the tempo of the game, which is something we said we had to do.”
Danay Fothergill notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Bisons, while Southern finished with eight points and eight rebounds.
Destinee Smith paced the Ospreys with 20 points. Paulina Zaveckaite earned a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
- Emily Eubank led Lipscomb with six assists. She has now led the team in assists 18 times this season.
- Fothergill’s double-double was the first one for her this season, and the second for her career.
- Both teams shot below 40 percent from the field. Lipscomb shot 21-53 for a 39.6 percentage, while North Florida finished 23-61 for a 37.7 mark.
- Janea Williams came close to securing a second double-double for the Ospreys with eight points and 12 rebounds.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will be back in action Saturday at 4 against Jacksonville in Allen Arena.