|February 25, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UPST||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.397 (23-58)||.419 (26-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.280 (7-25)||.286 (6-21)|
|FT Percentage||.920 (23-25)||.692 (9-13)|
SOUTHERN - 4
DICKERSON - 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Despite a combined 46 points from Danay Fothergill and Ashley Southern, the Lipscomb women’s basketball team could not pull out the win on senior night in a 76-67 loss to USC Upstate at Allen Arena Wednesday night.
The Lady Bisons (8-19, 3-10) led at halftime, and for parts of the second half, but lost the lead late in the final home game of the season.
“We had some breakdowns in the second half,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “We gave up some corner threes.
"It’s tough. They put you in a bind by putting a post on the side. We needed to get those covered. They did a good job of finding guys and knocking down shots and free throws when they had to.”
Fothergill scored a game-high 24 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists in her final career home game. Southern notched a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. She also added four assists. The two combined for 46 of the team’s 67 points.
“Fothergill has been very strong of late,” Brown said. “She played with a lot of poise. We did a good job of getting her the ball in rhythm, and she made the shots. She was active on the boards, and got four assists as well. It was a good all-around game.
“I’m proud of what she’s done for us and what she’s meant for the program. Not just on the floor, but off the floor as well.”
Sara Bliss also played in her final home game as a Lady Bison. She helped hold the Spartans leading scorer, Sharmayne Edwards, to 1-for-12 shooting before fouling out late in the game.
“Bliss drew a tough assignment tonight both on defense and on offense,” Brown said. “They were into her tough.
“She’s meant a lot. She came in from Vol State, a local kid, and I’m proud of what she’s done."
Erika Thornsberry, a former player and current assistant coach, was also celebrated during senior night.
"I'm proud of Erika as well," Brown said. "She came back from the injury and contributed to the program.”
Four Spartans (14-14, 6-7) finished in double-figures. Brittany Starling led the way with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Brittany Clency (17), Raven Jefferson (15) and Edwards (12) each scored in double-digits as well.
A loss on senior night stings, but Brown and the team are already game-planning for the final game of the regular season against Kennesaw State and for the upcoming Atlantic Sun Tournament.
“I’m proud of their effort, and I’m proud of what these seniors have done for us,” Brown said. “The best thing about basketball is that it’s a tournament sport. We’ll reload right here.”
- Southern’s double-double was the seventh of her season and 29th of her career.
- Southern and Fothergill were the team’s top two leaders in points, rebounds and assists for the game.
- Despite shooting just 1-12 from the field, Upstate’s Edwards finished with 12 points. She was 9-10 from the free throw line.
- As a team, the Spartans outshot the Lady Bisons at the charity stripe by 14 free throws. Upstate went 23-35 from the line, while Lipscomb shot 9-13.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will take on Kennesaw State in the regular season finale Saturday at 1 p.m. in Kennesaw.