|March 06, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||STET|
|FG Percentage||.343 (24-70)||.541 (33-61)|
|3P FG Percentage||.435 (10-23)||.409 (9-22)|
|FT Percentage||.733 (11-15)||.680 (17-25)|
CAGLE - 4
DELAND, Fla. – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team’s season came to an end Friday night at the hands of the Stetson Hatters 92-69 in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Tournament.
The Lady Bisons (8-21) did not go down without a fight. Lipscomb went on a 19-4 run early in the second half to claw their way back into the game.
“We didn’t tell them anything any differently than we were before that run,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said, “We felt like we had a good game plan, and we felt like we knew what we had to do. We had such a small margin for error. We continued to rebound the ball decently, and we knocked down shots which helped spark the run.”
The Hatters (23-6) came out scoring early and often, dropping 50 points in the first half on their way to hitting 33 of 61 shots for a 54.1 field goal percentage over the course of the game.
“Stetson is talented and athletic,” Brown said, “That’s why they and Florida Gulf Coast are separated from the pack in the conference. I like our energy and effort. I thought we played hard. The execution wasn’t there, but I think you can look at Stetson’s abilities for some of the reasons for that.
”We’re a young team and a young program still. I like the direction that we’re going. Good teams make you pay for breakdowns, and Stetson’s certainly a good team.”
Lipscomb’s second half was almost as prosperous. The Lady Bisons scored 47 points in the second frame, shooting 16-35 from the field and 8-11 from the three-point line in the final 20 minutes.
In her final game in Purple and Gold, senior Sara Bliss led the team in scoring with 19. She shot 6-9 from behind the arc, a new career high for made threes. She also tied her career high in steals with four.
“She’s a true senior,” Brown said, “She’s been fun. She took a big jump to come to us from Vol State. She’s provided leadership.
‘What she brought in the second half is what you look for in your veterans, to be able to teach those younger players what to do and to play all the way to the end. She and Danay both did that, and I am very proud of both of them.”
Fellow senior Danay Fothergill almost notched a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Ashley Southern also came close to earning a double-double. She had 13 points and seven rebounds.
- The A-Sun’s top two leaders in assists faced off during the game, with Sharp (seven) dishing out more dimes than Emily Eubank (four). Eubank held a lead of 0.1 assists over Sharp heading into the game 4.2 to 4.1.
- For the 19th time this season, Eubank led the Lady Bisons in assists.
- In a fast-paced, three-point heavy game, the Lady Bisons won the behind-the-arc battle. They hit 10 of their 23 threes, compared to 9-22 for Stetson.
- Stetson had four players finish in double-figures. Brianti Saunders led the way with 31 points. Amber Porter added a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Aisha Turner and Jama Sharp also scored in double-digits with 14 and 12 respectively.