|November 13, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LOYOLA||LIP|
|FG Percentage||.303 (20-66)||.286 (18-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.154 (4-26)||.250 (5-20)|
|FT Percentage||.722 (13-18)||.611 (11-18)|
- 23||Ashley Southern
- 8||Ashley Southern
- 3||Loren Cagle
Smith - 2
Loren Cagle - 2
Kilcullen - 1
NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb (0-1) women’s basketball team dropped a close match in its season opener, falling to Loyola Maryland (1-0) 57-52.
“I thought we played hard,” Lipscomb women’s basketball head coach Greg Brown said. “They came back at the end, and gave themselves a chance.”
Senior Ashley Southern paced the Lady Bisons with a double-double, 15 points and a school-record 20 rebounds. Southern broke her own NCAA-era school record for rebounds in a game, which previously stood at 18. She tied the overall school record, which includes stats from the NAIA era, which was held by Amy Fuller.
“I’m proud of her for what she did,” Brown said. “She didn’t have a great rhythm night, but she stuck with it, took care of what she had to do, and found different ways to contribute.”
Junior Alex Banks added nine points for Lipscomb, while sophomore Riley Northway nothced eight points and five rebounds. Sophomore Loren Cagle filled up the stat sheet, posting five points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
“I thought we rebounded better, which is obviously and emphasis for us,” Brown said. “We got good looks a lot of times, but we just missed some shots that we normally make. We had some unforced turnovers, and some of that’s jitters. It takes away your flow and rhythm because then they start thinking rather than reacting and reading.
“I liked our effort, I liked our attitude, and I liked the poise and composure we played with, we just have to clean up some stuff.”
Lipscomb led several times throughout the night, but was not able to hang onto the lead late in the game. After taking a 23-17 lead into halftime, the Lady Bisons were outscored 40-29 in the second half and 24-18 in the fourth quarter.
“The fact that we did shoot the ball poorly, which is unlike us, but were still in a position to win the game can be attributed to much better defense,” Brown said. “We did a great defensive job, holding them to thirty percent shooting and out-rebounding them. That’s what kept us in it, and that’s what I want them to get out of the game.”
Sophomore Bri Betz-White paced the Greyhounds with 23 points, while senior Colleen Marshall added 12 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
- Both teams were plagued by turnovers during the game, with Lipscomb forcing 18 while the Greyhounds forced 22.
- Lipscomb struggled from behind the arc on the night, going 5-20 from three-point range.
- The Lady Bisons out-rebounded Loyola 49-46.
- Lipscomb and Loyola each shot 18 free throws, with the Greyhounds taking a 13-11 advantage on made free throws.
UP NEXT: The Lady Bisons will be travelling to Georgia Southern for a tilt with the Eagles on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.