KENNESAW, Ga. – In the final game of the regular season, the Lipscomb women’s basketball team fell 75-57 at Kennesaw State on Saturday.
A slow start hurt the Lady Bisons (8-20, 3-10). They were outscored 34-13 in the first 16 minutes of play, and were never able to overcome the deficit.
“They hit open shots, and we missed some switches early on.” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “They got some offensive rebounds. They hit some three’s in transition where didn’t matchup right with them.”
Ashley Southern paced Lipscomb with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Danay Fothergill added 11 points and Loren Cagle scored nine, one point short of her career high. Cagle’s points all came consecutively in a run to end the first half.
“Cagle plays with such poise,” Brown said, “She also plays with a lot of effort and a lot of energy. I liked the way she played.
“She’s continued to grow as a freshman, especially after missing time earlier in the year with surgery. She’s finally starting to get into a rhythm. I like what she brings to the floor.”
Rebounding was a big area of concern for Lipscomb as Kennesaw (17-12, 6-8) out-rebounded the Bisons 57-27. Kristina Wells (11 points and 15 rebounds), Jasmine McAllister (15 and 11) and Aareon Smith (12 and 12) all finished with double-doubles for the Owls.
“A 30-rebound difference is a lot,” Brown said. “We knew those kids were good rebounders. We can talk about it all we want, but we’ve got to put bodies on people and we’ve got to pursue them. We’ve talked about how we need 10 hands in their rebounding. It’s not just a two-player rebounding effort.”
With the regular season in the rearview mirror, the Lady Bisons are switching their thoughts to the upcoming Atlantic Sun Tournament and their likely opponent Stetson.
“Going back the last three games against Stetson, we’ve played with them, but not for forty minutes,” Brown said. “We know that we have to stop them on the boards and in transition. We’ll get a good practice in this week, and get ready to go down there and play. We know exactly what they’ll do.
“It’s a great opportunity. That’s the best thing about basketball, the season starts over again.”
- For only the second time this season, and the first time in A-Sun play, Emily Eubank did not record an assist. She came into the matchup first in the A-Sun in assists per game with 4.3.
- Lipscomb’s defense produced more steals (nine) and blocks (three) than Kennesaw’s defense (seven steals and one block). Seven different Lady Bisons notched a steal.
- Lipscomb hit just five of their 17 three-point attempts, usually an area of strength for the Lady Bisons.
- Kelly Dulkoski led Kennesaw in scoring with 19 points, and went 5-10 from behind the arc.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will start the Atlantic Sun Tournament on the road Friday with a matchup against Stetson likely.