|November 19, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LIP||WSU|
|FG Percentage||.352 (25-71)||.449 (35-78)|
|3P FG Percentage||.318 (7-22)||.355 (11-31)|
|FT Percentage||.500 (8-16)||.550 (11-20)|
- 13||van der KEIJL
TAYLOR - 2
|Blocks||van der KEIJL
DAYTON, Ohio – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team fell behind early and struggled to keep pace with the high-scoring attack from Wright State Thursday night and dropped a 92-65 decision inside the Nutter Center.
“We started off missing some shots that I thought we got good looks at, but we can’t let that affect how we play” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “We have to continue to get shots and continue to do what we are supposed to do defensively.
“Wright State is a good team. They do a good job of forcing you into some binds, but I didn’t feel we were physical enough with them, even when we got into the right spots.”
Senior Ashley Southern poured in 19 points and added 13 rebounds to secure her second double-double of the season. She hit 8-of-16 shots from the floor and knocked down 3-of-4 from the charity stripe.
After shooting just 32 percent and playing to a 46-28 deficit at the break, Brown’s squad did a better job of controlling the game in the third quarter and outscored the Raiders 23-17.
Lipscomb (1-2) hit 48 percent on 9-of-19 shooting, pulled down 13 rebounds and forced six WSU turnovers in the period.
“I liked out third quarter,” Brown said. “I thought we came out and responded well by getting it back to 12 and then they made a run that we weren’t able to answer.
“We also got to the free throw line in the third. I think if we could have done that more in the other three quarters, the game would have been much closer. But also, when we get to the line we have to knock them down.”
The Purple and Gold got to the line six times in the third, with three makes, after attempting just four all of the first half.
With the inspired third quarter Lipscomb cut its deficit to 12 heading into the final 10 minutes of action, but a 29-point fourth quarter, aided by a 16-5 rebounding advantage, put the game out of reach.
The biggest difference in the game came on the glass. Wright State (2-1) pulled down 59 boards, compared to just 38 for Lipscomb.
“We were even in rebounding for the longest before they started pulling them down,” Brown said. “I think sometimes we tend to settle for position instead of trying to create space. That is something we need to work on.”
Sophomore Amber Fuqua poured in a career-high 11 points off the bench. She hit 4-of-10 field goals, including two 3-pointers. Her previous high was eight, set on Dec. 16, 2014 against Jackson State.
Junior Chandler Cooper was finally able to find her stroke Thursday. She drained 3-for-4 long range after missing her first nine to start the season. Cooper rounded out the double-digit scorers for Lipscomb with 10.
After setting a career high in assists Sunday at Georgia Southern with seven, sophomore point guard Loren Cagle set a new standard once again, dishing eight Thursday night. She added two points and four rebounds in a team-high 34 minutes of action.
Wright State’s Kim Demmings entered the contest needing just 26 points to become the school’s all-time leading scorer. The 5-foot-8 preseason All-Horizon selection finished with 27 and now has 2,057 career points. She is well on pace to also set the Horizon League’s all-time mark of 2,340 – just 283 points shy.
Demmings added 10 points and was one of two WSU players to record a double-double. Riche van der Keijl tallied 10 points and 11 boards.
- Lipscomb falls to 0-2 in the all-time series with Wright State.
- Southern was the only starter to reach double figures in scoring.
- Kelli Smith went 3-of-6 from the field and finished with eight points. She also chipped in three rebounds and a career-high three steals.
- Wright State shot 45 percent for the game, compared to just 35 percent for Lipscomb.
- The Raiders knocked down 11 shots from downtown while the Lady Bisons made seven.
Up Next: The Lady Bisons head east on I-40 for an in-state battle with Tennessee Tech on Sunday. The game is set for a 2 p.m. tip and will be broadcasted on the OVC Network.
“We are a good shooting team and we will continue to work on it,” Brown said. “Now we will get back and focus on Tech. We will focus on ourselves these next two days and try to get better. The mentality our girls have done a good job with all year is looking for growth in every aspect.
“There are some things that Wright State taught us tonight, so we will work on those and get back at it Sunday.”